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The Dorothy Stratton legend lives on

Monday, July 19, 2010

While the christening of any cutter is of particular interest to the Coast Guard, this Friday’s christening of the service’s newest National Security Cutter is an especially proud moment for any woman who has ever donned Coast Guard blue. First Lady Michelle […]

Duty Bound: Carry Our Message

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Improving inclusion and diversity are top priorities for our service. No one, regardless of rank, can tackle these challenges by themselves. We must all work to improve service culture together and carry our message to every corner of the Coast Guard.

The Long Blue Line: SPARs – female trailblazers of the Coast Guard

Thursday, April 12, 2018

A World War II recruiting poster for SPARs, the Women’s Reserve branch of the U.S. Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard image.

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.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: 2017 Diversity Recognition Award recipients

Friday, July 7, 2017

Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Leilani Cale-Jones, Lt. Cmdr. Carrie McKinney and Vice Commandant Adm. Charles Michel stand for a photo during a Diversity Recognition Awards lunch at the Sea Service Leadership Association Joint Women's Symposium in Norfolk, Va., June 16, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Each year the Sea Service Leadership Association Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium brings together service women and men, decision makers, policy influencers and thought leaders to address global, military challenges and encourage and strengthen the leadership development of veterans. On June 15, 2017, the SSLA hosted an awards luncheon honoring a couple of our own Coast Guard service members for their exemplary leadership and accomplishments in advancing diversity and inclusion within the Coast Guard.

General Messages Weekly Round-up

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information. Check out the latest in this blog!

General Messages Weekly Round-up

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

This week’s round-up includes several award nomination solicitations, conferences, symposiums and training opportunities.

Women’s Equality Day 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Today is Women’s Equality Day – a day to commemorate the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote and essentially giving women the ability to bring so much more to the table. This year marks 40 years since the Coast Guard Academy opened its doors to women, but long before women could enlist in the reserves or regular service, or become active duty officers, women have played a key role in shaping the Coast Guard. Let’s take time today to remember our own Coast Guard women! Read this post to learn about the history of women in the Coast Guard.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Cmdr. Heidi Koski, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley Cruz

Friday, June 17, 2016

Honor Respect Devotion to Duty

The Capt. Dorothy Stratton Leadership Award and the MCPO Pearl Faurie Leadership Award were established in 2001 to recognize women who demonstrate exceptional leadership. Lt. Cmdr. Heidi Koski and Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley Cruz were the 2016 recipients of the awards, respectively. The awards were presented at the Sea Service Leadership Association’s 29th Annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium.

A challenge from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

Monday, September 29, 2014

Douglas Munro is more than a service-wide exam study topic. You see, my dad was a Coast Guard chief back in the 70’s. Back then, with people serving only a few decades after the end of World War II, they were much more connected to that part of our history. But, it seems that that’s something we have largely let go of. Granted, there are some history buffs out there and many leaders who pass along that desire to preserve our heritage. So, that’s my call to action to leaders at all levels: if you aren’t doing so already, talk to your crew, your office or your unit about our service’s heroes. Whether you graduated from boot camp or from the Academy, you learned Munro’s story. I challenge you to build upon that foundation of knowledge.

Shipmate of the Week – Lt. j.g. Doritha Douglas

Friday, November 23, 2012

Doritha Dogulas

On this day in 1942, legislation approved the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve to help fill jobs and free men to serve during the war effort. Women from all over the country took the oath, attended training, wore the uniform and served in shoreside positions throughout the nation. They were known as the SPARs – Semper Paratus, Always Ready! On Nov. 9, former SPAR and Coast Guard veteran Lt. j.g. Doritha Douglas was interviewed about her decision to join the SPARs and the experiences she had. Douglas is one of the oldest surviving members of the SPARs.

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