Strengthening mission readiness through family services
Posted by CDR Glynn Smith, Saturday, June 25, 2011
Posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara.
The Coast Guard performs a long list of services on an average day. From saving lives to screening vessels, Coast Guard men and women work diligently to protect those on the sea, protect America from threats delivered by sea and protect the sea itself. But while impressive, these accomplishments are only possible with the support of families and the network of family resources that enable our Coast Guard men and women to focus on their duties.
Thursday, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion with senior military leaders and Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller at the Military Child Education Coalition. MCEC provides leadership and advocacy to ensure inclusive quality educational experiences for all military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition.
The panel’s conversation allowed me to highlight unique concerns of Coast Guard life and our special focus on family wellbeing and the needs of our Coast Guard children. In this Year of the Coast Guard Family, we believe that there are more ways we can benefit from our partnership with MCEC. I am pleased to report that Mrs. Barbara Day, the wife of Rear Adm. Robert Day, joined MCEC’s national board at the start of the conference. She will be actively engaged in helping our Health, Safety and Work-Life Program managers make the best use of the support systems, resources and research of MCEC to better serve our families and their children.
Additionally, I met with the other Coast Guard conference attendees and had the chance to listen to ideas and initiatives from across the Service. It was invigorating and informative and I am very grateful for the dedication of our work-life experts, both the professional staff and our spouse volunteers.
Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara