Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen presents the Secretary's Award for Diversity Management 2018 to Petty Officers 2nd Class Amad Hankins and Shango Indomitus at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2018. Hankins and Indomitus developed the Enlisted Professions in Connection Program (EPIC) and the Remote Mentorship Assistance Program to improve retention rates, recruitment and professional development for minorities in the Coast Guard's enlisted workforce. Department of Homeland Security photo by Tim Godbee.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Enlisted Professionals in Connection

When two junior petty officers found little opportunity for diverse enlisted members to network with similar like-minded members, they formed the Enlisted Professionals in Communication or EPIC. The traveled to nine different commands across the nation, worked with former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell and helped diverse and under represented minority members connect. For their efforts and initiative, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recognized these two petty officer with the Secretary’s Award for Diversity Management.


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International maritime leaders

The Coast Guard Academy is uniquely suited to prepare international maritime leaders to address the most complex global challenges of our time; those that require transnational solutions and long-term cooperation between nations, such as polar climate change, protection of ocean resources, terrorism, transnational crime and disaster response and recovery.


Can’t be what you can’t see

Lt. Christine Igisomar takes pride in her Saipan heritage and heavily promotes diversity and equality within the workforce at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach in California. Igisomar was awarded the Federal Asian Pacific American Council Military Meritorious Service Award for her significant contributions toward the advancement of Asian Pacific Americans and for promoting diversity and equal employment opportunity in the federal workforce.


These men and women were the first known minority service members to graduate from the Coast Guard Academy. U.S. Coast Guard photos.

The Long Blue Line: The Coast Guard Academy – commissioning minority officers for 75 years!

The U.S. Coast Guard has had a history of ethnic diversity that rivals all other federal agencies. Therefore, it is only fitting that we should document the service’s diverse history by focusing on the Coast Guard Academy, which has commissioned minority officers for 75 years.


Rear Adm. Keith Smith, commander of Force Readiness Command, signs the Memorandum of Agreement alongside Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert, Chancellor and Provost at Hampton University, Jan. 30, 2018. This MOA means another year of partnership between the Coast Guard and Hampton University through the Coast Guard College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative program. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Kelli Dougherty.

Supplying a bright future for the service

How can the Coast Guard recruit and maintain a proficient, self-motivated and adaptable workforce in today’s world? It is simple: we build a diverse workforce. The Coast Guard signed a memorandum with Hampton University, home to the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) Scholarship Program. Students who are accepted into the CSPI program are enlisted in the Coast Guard and receive full funding for two years of college.


Meeting the needs of the Service

“We will attract access, develop, and retain a respectful, diverse, and inclusive workforce that reflects the richness of our society.” – Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft Living up to that standard, the Force Readiness Command established a partnership with Hampton University in Hampton, Va. Hampton University is a historically black college and university with a reputation for graduating talented men and women with bright futures.


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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Kimberly Young-McLear, Petty Officer 1st Class Sheldon Williams

Roy Wilkins was a prominent civil rights activist who dedicated years of service to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Each year, the U.S. Coast Guard and the other military services participate in the NAACP National Award Ceremony that recognizes military and civilian members who have made significant contributions to civil rights and equal opportunity. This year’s Coast Guard recipients of the Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award were Lt. Kimberly Young-McLear and Petty Officer 1st Class Sheldon Williams.


U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard, talked to the Coast Guard Academy's Corps of Cadets about his guiding principles and how they can help drive the change toward a better Coast Guard, Feb. 29, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Brahm.

The Coast Guard’s culture – Service Above Self

During the annual leadership address at the Coast Guard Academy, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft talked to the Academy’s Corps of Cadets about the current state of the Coast Guard workforce, our close ties to the Department of Homeland Security, and his “view from the bridge.”


NNOA: Many backgrounds, one mission

Many backgrounds, one mission

The diversity offered by each and every service member, and how that diversity contributes to mission success was the topic of discussion at this week’s annual National Naval Officers Association, or NNOA, conference in Point Loma, California. The conference brought together members of the Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Merchant Marines and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support the NNOA’s mission of providing professional development for the diverse officer corps within these sea-going services.


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Refocused, committed, poised for mission success

Behind the helm of a small boat, on the bridge of a cutter or at the controls of an aircraft is a skilled member of the United States Coast Guard. Whether patrolling the high seas or standing watch ashore, Coast Guard men and women are the heart of operations; their diverse talents and backgrounds enable mission success.


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