The Ninth Coast Guard Innovation Expo wraps up today. Yesterday’s focus was on harnessing the power of Guardian innovators. While the private sector can be a powerful force for progress, some of the best ideas come from right inside the Coast Guard. The Expo provides a unique forum for junior enlisted personnel to interact with Flag officers responsible for the future direction of the Coast Guard. Story here
The Maersk Alabama, a U.S.-flagged ship made famous when it was captured by Somali pirates back in April, was attacked again off the Somali coast earlier this week. This time, however, the pirates were repelled by a private security force in accordance with Coast Guard requirements for American vessels operating in high risk areas. Click here to read more on Coast Guard anti-piracy policies. Click here to read more about Coast Guard security requirements for U.S.-flagged vessels. Story here
First Lady Michelle Obama honored women in the military during a White House gathering for women veterans. During her remarks, the First Lady held up the first female Guardian, Captain Dorothy Stratton, as both an inspiration and an example of service to our country. Click here to read a transcript of the First Lady’s remarks. Click here to visit the White House blog post on the event. Click here to learn more about Captain Stratton. Story here
As the holiday season approaches, Guardians are doing their part for the communities they serve across the country. Yesterday, six crewmembers from the Tahoma spent their morning packing Thanksgiving dinners to be distributed by the Salvation Army to those in need. Over the holiday season, Guardians will partner with their communities for coat, food and toy drives to help people in need. Story here
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