Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Aidalis Mills

Aidalis Mills has been a civil servant at the 9th Coast Guard District for over 20 years. As the Coast Guard Reserve funds manager for the 9th District, Mills’ job is to execute funding associated with reserve affairs for over 450 reservists across the district. She is also the Hispanic Emphasis program manager, a member of the Leadership and Diversity Advisory Committee, a Defense Finance and Accounting Service committee member and a volunteer within the community. Her selfless service has earned her the 2018 George R. Putnam Inspirational Leadership award. Read more to find out what inspires this inspirational leader.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Minnes and his father, both New Jersey state troopers pose for a photo together. Photo courtesy of Kenneth Minnes.

Off-duty trooper and reservist improvises rescue

A Coast Guard Reserve petty officer was hailed as a hero in early March after saving an accident victim on the Atlantic City Expressway in Gloucester Township, New Jersey. Minnes, a New Jersey state trooper, pulled a man to safety and provided emergency medical assistance to save the man’s life earning him the gratitude of survivor, the governor of New Jersey and the Winslow Fire Department.


Senior Chief Petty Officer Marilyn Dufrat (center), a victim's advocate, shows off her award with her senior reserve officer, Cmdr. Maureen Kallgren.

Victims advocate receives state award

Senior Chief Petty Officer Marilyn Dufrat was awarded the Unsung Hero Award from Attorney General of Virginia Mark Herring at the attorney general’s office in Richmond, Virginia, on April 12, 2018. Dufrat has been the manager of the victim-support program for the last 16 years. Her staff offers information and services to victims and witnesses with the goal of reducing confusion during what can be a complicated, lengthy ordeal.


Photo courtesy of Lt. Waymando Brown.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Waymando Brown

Lt. Waymando Brown is the 2018 Coast Guard Reserve recipient of the Capt. John G. Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award. Brown, the shore side division security officer for Coast Guard Port Security Unit 308 in Kiln, Mississippi, led his team through the difficult operations in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.


A World War II recruiting poster for SPARs, the Women’s Reserve branch of the U.S. Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard image.

The Long Blue Line: SPARs – female trailblazers of the Coast Guard

By the end of World War II, nearly 12,000 SPARs had served in the Coast Guard. They pioneered the role of their gender in the service, the federal government and the nation as a whole. They have since helped shape the Coast Guard into a better institution for all men and women and continue to do so today.


Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Angel Valles-Bravo works on fellow

Onto the next challenge: Coast Guard recruit Dr. Angel Valles-Bravo

Dr. Angel Valles-Bravo traveled from Cuba to Venezuela and provided treatment for those who couldn’t afford access to medical care. Here’s his story.


Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan LaKose trains recruits at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., Jan. 2, 2018. LaKose, 45, is the oldest of the company commanders at Cape may and use uses his life experiences to mentor his recruits. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Brahm.

Company commander corps rounded out by reservists

The recruits at the Coast Guard’s Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey, spend a lot of time trying to blend in with their shipmates. They may not recognize that two of their company commanders are reservists blending in with their active duty shipmates.


Participants of a 10-day joint military bilateral exercise, Gema Bhakti 17 (GB17) take a group photo during the event in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Unity in Diversity: Coast Guard lends support to bilateral exercise in Indonesia

Bhinneka tunggal ika, the Indonesian national motto, means “unity in diversity.” This theme resonated with two reservists from Coast Guard Reserve Unit Pacific Command (USPACOM) who traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago, in September 2017. Capt. Joanna Hiigel and Cmdr. John Mower traveled halfway around the world to support the 10-day joint military bilateral exercise, Gema Bhakti 17 (GB17). This was the fifth exercise of its kind held between the U.S. and Indonesia’s military, Tentara National Indonesia. It was designed to enhance collaboration and skill in planning a response to a regional crisis, with an emphasis on maritime security.


Coast Guard reservists pause for a photo at Station Apra Harbor in Guam. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Levasseur.

Guam’s Guardians: How reservists make the difference

Guam may be where America’s day begins, but at Station Apra Harbor in Santa Rita, Guam, reservists are known to be busy day and night. The Coast Guard Reserve has a long history of serving the people of the Pacific and continues to play a critical role in the local community.


Massachuesetts House of Representatives David Vieira, Camp Edwards Garrison Commander Col. Patrick Keefe, Petty Officer 1st Class Jessica Bonham, Massachusetts Air National Guard Brig. Gen. James LeFavor and Lt. Cmdr. Jesse Webster pose for a photo after the 2017 Annual Cape Cod Military Support Foundation Award in Cape Cod, Mass., Nov. 4, 2017. Bonham was presented with an award plaque, official citation, monetary award and a copy of the formal program for her diligence in representing the Coast Guard's core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Charlie Fields.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: SK1 Jessica Bonham

The Cape Cod Military Support Foundation Inc. and the Otis Civilian Advisory Council hosted the 2017 Annual Military Awards Banquet where junior members for each agency were recognized for their outstanding contribution to Joint Base Cape Cod. This year, Port Security 301 nominated Petty Officer 1st Class Jessica Bonham for her outstanding service to the JBCC community and the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve forces.


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