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.


Coast Guard National Search and Rescue School celebrates 50th anniversary

On October 10, 1966, the Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force joined forces to open the National Search and Rescue School in Yorktown, Virginia, to provide training in oceanic, coastal and inland search planning procedures. The school, which has delivered training to 30,000 people, including more than 2,400 international students from 150 nations, recently celebrated 50 years of Service to Nation.


Shoulder to shoulder: Balikatan 2014

Balikatan, Tagalog for “Shoulder to Shoulder”, is an annual U.S.-Filipino bilateral military exercise that includes joint field training as well as humanitarian and civic assistance events. Balikatan, held annually for 30 years, aims to improve the capacity of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and strengthen Filipino-U.S. interoperability. With the recent affirmation of the “ironclad” alliance between the United States and the Philippines, U.S. Coast Guard training officers, led by Lt. Andrea Rice, recently completed a training mission alongside their Philippine Navy counterparts in Balikatan 2014.


Training

Underwater egress

The Coast Guard implemented underwater egress training July 2013 at the Coast Guard Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., aimed at increasing a member’s survivability in the event of a small boat capsizing. To date, approximately 200 people have completed the underwater egress training.