Strengthening mission readiness through family services

Military Child Education Coalition panel discussion

Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O'Hara participants in a panel discussion sponsored by the Military Child Education Coalition. The panel included Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Philip Breedlove, and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, as well as representatives from the Department of Education, National Guard and Marine Corps. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education.

Posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara.

The Coast Guard performs a long list of services on an average day. From saving lives to screening vessels, Coast Guard men and women work diligently to protect those on the sea, protect America from threats delivered by sea and protect the sea itself. But while impressive, these accomplishments are only possible with the support of families and the network of family resources that enable our Coast Guard men and women to focus on their duties.

Thursday, I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion with senior military leaders and Deputy Secretary of Education Tony Miller at the Military Child Education Coalition. MCEC provides leadership and advocacy to ensure inclusive quality educational experiences for all military children affected by mobility, family separation and transition.

The panel’s conversation allowed me to highlight unique concerns of Coast Guard life and our special focus on family wellbeing and the needs of our Coast Guard children. In this Year of the Coast Guard Family, we believe that there are more ways we can benefit from our partnership with MCEC. I am pleased to report that Mrs. Barbara Day, the wife of Rear Adm. Robert Day, joined MCEC’s national board at the start of the conference. She will be actively engaged in helping our Health, Safety and Work-Life Program managers make the best use of the support systems, resources and research of MCEC to better serve our families and their children.

Additionally, I met with the other Coast Guard conference attendees and had the chance to listen to ideas and initiatives from across the Service. It was invigorating and informative and I am very grateful for the dedication of our work-life experts, both the professional staff and our spouse volunteers.

Semper Paratus,

Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara
Vice Commandant

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