Olivia Hooker recalled her experiences as one of the first African American female members in the Coast Guard SPAR program during World War II. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A national treasure

On Nov. 23, 1942, legislation approved the implementation of the United States Coast Guard Women’s Reserve. The women who joined were more commonly known as SPARs – an acronym derived from the Coast Guard’s motto, ‘Semper Paratus, Always Ready’ – and formed the foundation for women serving today. On March 9, 1945, Olivia Hooker headed to boot camp. While women had been heading enlisting for months by then, one thing was unique about Hooker – she was one of only five African American females to first enlist in the SPAR program.


Guardian of the Week – LT Felicia Thomas

Congratulations to Lieutenant Felicia S. Thomas for becoming the first female African American to command a Coast Guard cutter! During a change of command ceremony today at 9 a.m., she took command of the 110-foot CGC PEA ISLAND homeported in […]