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.


SPARs – In Service and In Spirit

In memory of Eleanor Pavkovic Fabyan, 1925-2010 Last week’s christening of the Coast Guard’s newest National Security Cutter, Stratton, was quite a celebration for the SPARs, the first women to be admitted into the Coast Guard. It was an event […]


First Lady makes history as a Coast Guard ‘first’

Capt. Dorothy Stratton has captured the attention of many people since her inception as the first female in the Coast Guard in 1942, but I wonder if she ever thought the list would include the First Lady of the United […]


SPARs Day: A day to remember

“A tremendous tribute.”  – Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara, Coast Guard Vice Commandant The massive, brand new 418-foot cutter provides surprisingly little shade on the hot and sunny pier in Pascagoula, Miss., where the Coast Guard’s most influential female leaders from […]


itCG – Innovation Expo, pirates repelled, First Lady honors women vets, Guardians in the community

YouTube DoDLive 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 […]