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Why I Serve: Amanda Currence

When the ombudsman position became available I jumped at the opportunity. I wanted to help the command connect with the families, to create a family atmosphere with everyone and I wanted to be involved in a bigger way. I didn’t want another family going through the same things we did when we first arrived and when we got hit with a natural disaster.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp (center) leads a discussion during the senior leadership meeting. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo.

Coast Guard senior leaders discuss strategic approach to leadership issues

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp hosted Coast Guard senior leaders from the National Capital Region on June 17, 2013, at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., to discuss and make decisions on major personnel issues facing the service.


Casey Van Huysen

Strength & resilience

One person who could be counted on in the months of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy was Casey Van Huysen. Van Huysen, a native of Mobile, Ala., is the ombudsman at Sector New York. Van Huysen worked with other military spouses after Hurricane Sandy hit to collect more than $235,000 worth of donations including food, clothing and toys. The spouses received and organized the generous amount of items donated to give to military families who were uprooted during the storm.


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Coast Guard Family – In the finest of traditions

Each year, the holidays bring special focus on gathering with our families and celebrating the traditions that bring us meaning. This holiday season is no different for the Coast Guard family, which has come together to carry on some historic and meaningful traditions to serve one another and the communities in which we live.


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The strength of the military family

Behind every member of the Coast Guard stands a proud parent, sibling, spouse or child. Together they form a strong family, a military family. Alongside their loved ones, family members share the weight of deployments as Coast Guard men and women stand the watch. But they also share the same spirit of service, whether it is to country or community. As a true testament to this service, Coast Guard families came together in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.


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Shipmate of the Week – Amanda Satter

Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego protects seaports and waterways, safeguarding harbors, ports, facilities, vessels and their cargo. Their special capabilities, designed to close the readiness gaps in ports, often find them deployed for months at a […]


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Ombudsman Appreciation Day

Today is Ombudsman Appreciation Day and Compass would like to honor all those who have served as unit ombudsman. As we reflect on the vital support ombudsmen provide, Compass reached out to key players in the service’s ombudsman program to […]


Adm. Bob Papp

Adm. Papp: One year and on track

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to see first-hand many areas devastated by Mississippi River flooding. I also got to see Coast Guard men and women in action, engaging their unique skills, authorities and capabilities to protect people who have been impacted by these rising waters. It was reminiscent of last summer when I began my term and we were embroiled in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup.


Laura Vanderwerf

Shipmate of the Week – Laura Vanderwerf

“Laura was a crucial part of a team that helped relocate families during Hurricane Katrina in 2005,” said Terry Garrison, close friend and fellow ombudsman. “Family members were able to contact Laura and she would assist them with locating temporary housing until they could be reunited with their families.” Her ability to strengthen her family and community has led Vanderwerf to be chosen as the Coast Guard Military Spouse of the Year by Military Spouse Magazine.


Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Ombudsmen bridge units and families

Posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp. This post is the first in a series from Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp to provide more insight into his Year of the Coast Guard […]


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