Be the curator: Coast Guard opens contest for artifacts

Calling all Coast Guard members! The Coast Guard history staff needs your help. Our challenge to you is to identify artifacts that best represent the Coast Guard in the 21st Century and why.


Take Action: Earth Day and Volunteer Month: The perfect opportunity to help our planet

April 22 is Earth Day and since this month is also Volunteer Month, it is a perfect opportunity to highlight ways to help our planet. It’s a chance to think about how our actions impact our environment. Volunteering on Earth Day is a great thing to do — you can join efforts to plant trees or pick up trash in your community. Aside from volunteering for an organized event, there are actions you can take on a daily basis to do your part in protecting our planet. Check out the blog to learn more!


Paratus Report: April 2017, Episode 2

Here is the newest edition of the Paratus Report! This episode covers the Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team and the 2016 Chief Journalist Alex Haley Award winners. You don’t want to miss it!


Take Action: Alcohol Awareness Month – Think before you drink

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, designed to increase command awareness and understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage people to focus on alcohol-related issues. The effects of alcohol misuse and abuse continue to be significant for the Coast Guard and have an impact on our ability to execute our missions. It’s your duty to protect your shipmates if they’re at risk of hurting themselves or someone else. Intervening early and at low levels, such as by asking an intoxicated member if he/she has a plan for transportation home or ensuring he/she is not left alone, makes it less likely that the situation will escalate. In other words, taking action early should curtail or put an end to the dangerous situation, thus preventing an alcohol incident.


Take Action: Financial Literacy Month – Help your family get on the right track

April is Month of the Military Child as well as Financial Literacy Month. What a great opportunity to combine both efforts! Join CG SUPRT Personal Financial Wellness on Wednesday, April 19, to learn exercises, activities and responsibilities that can help children learn and establish money habits that will serve them well as members of your household and for the rest of their lives. See the full blog for links to the webinar!


Spring into Action: Five national campaigns to know this month

April is “Spring into Action Month” that will highlight five national campaigns: Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Alcohol Awareness Month, Month of the Military Child, Volunteer Month, and Financial Literacy Month all require us to take action of some kind. Throughout the month of April, we will highlight how even the smallest action can make a big impact to those around you.


Safe and effective weight loss

With the month of April fast approaching, many of us are likely becoming preoccupied with the semi-annual weigh-in requirement. Feedback from the field suggests that many members go to extremes to “make weight”. Excessive practices include fad diets, extreme workouts, and the use of quick weight loss products. These can be dangerous endeavors, and will likely not result in permanent weight loss. Read the full blog to learn about Coast Guard (CG) approved web-sites that will assist members in safe and effective weight management year-round.


The newest ‘Ancients’ – Introducing the Gold and Silver Ancient Tridents

Today the Coast Guard inducted the first Gold and Silver Ancients Tridents, Rear Adm. Linda L. Fagan and Master Chief R. Shane Hooker respectively. The tradition of naming a Coast Guard community’s “Ancient” dates back to 1966, when aviators created the Ancient Albatross, a title developed to recognize the longest serving pilot in the Coast Guard. The Gold and Silver Ancient Tridents are titles given to the officer and enlisted member who have served in the Marine Safety community the longest. The Marine Safety field operations include vessel and facility inspection, waterways management, pollution response and marine casualty investigations.


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From the Homefront: Blended Retirement System Opt-In Training is for spouses too

As a dependent, did you know that there is a new Blended Retirement System (BRS) that your spouse may be eligible for? Beginning in 2018, active duty members with fewer than 12 years of service or reserve members with fewer than 4,320 points can choose to enroll in the modernized BRS. Deciding when to retire is a big decision; one that affects the whole family for years to come. Read the full post to learn more about BRS training that is now available to military spouses to help your family decide what is right for you!


Tricare and You – Retirement benefits

Eligible Coast Guard retirees are entitled to TRICARE coverage. The type of coverage you receive does change as you age, and you have some choice of the type of coverage you receive. This article will help you better understand the type of coverage that you may receive.


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