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Diversity Champions of 2012

10 December 2012

Sector San Juan LDAC

     Congratulations to the Sector San Juan LDAC, our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

   Sector San Juan's LDAC hosted a Hispanic Heritage Cultural Event during the Hispanic Heritage month.  The LDAC incorporated resources and personnel from all local commands and other federal agencies into the planning and execution of this very successful and well attended event.  They constructed a staging area for the occasion, hosted an artistic dance group as well as live musical entertainment and prepared an assortment of cultural foods. 


    Traditionally cultural observances are held solely as a celebration of a particular group in conjunction with a national heritage observance.  This year the LDAC went above and beyond that custom to plan and execute an event which not only honored the many contributions that Hispanic Americans have made to the country, but also highlighted and honored the life of Baseball Hall of Famer and humanitarian Roberto Clemente and the Clemente Family, as well as the forgotten efforts of the crew of CGC SAGEBRUSH in their endeavor to locate Mr. Clemente when he was lost in an airplane crash off the coast of Loiza, Puerto Rico in 1972.  This event, which received national media coverage, reunited the SAGEBRUSH crew with the Clemente Family (see photo) after 40 years and ensured the story of the crew's heroic deeds and dedicated service would not be lost.


    The leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty displayed by the Sector San Juan LDAC is exemplary and serves as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of their effort and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

19 November 2012

Coast Guard Cuttermen Association - San Diego Chapter

     Congratulations to the San Diego Chapter of the Coast Guard Cuttermen Association our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

     For the second year in a row, San Diego area Coast Guard units had the "homefield" advantage to participate in the national conference of one of our valuable affinity group partners.  Last year it was the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) and this year the Association of Naval Service Officers (ANSO). 

     The San Diego Chapter of the Coast Guard Cuttermen Association (CGCA) led by LCDR Phil Crigler, LT Kirk Fistick, ENS Greg Mitchell, and BMCM Chris Swiatek took the initiative to sponsor a Cuttermen's Call around both of these conferences providing a chance for Cuttermen and non-Cuttermen alike from around the country to get together in an informal setting to exchange stories and share ideas. One of CGCA's objectives is to support the goals and advancement of Cuttermen and to promote interest in the cutter community both internally and external to the service. This objective aligns closely with the mission of affinity groups like NNOA, ANSO and participation in these groups and at their conferences provides a valuable opportunity to grow as individuals, as an organization, and as an Association.

     Last year’s Cuttermen's Call kicked off with a brief presentation by members of the Coast Guard Academy’s diversity staff where they shared with more than 65 attendees from 12 different units some of the initiatives underway for recruiting.  They also discussed a synopsis of the findings from RDML Baffer's Cutter Diversity Task Force. This year’s event was also a great success with nearly 100 attendees and great representation from the Coast Guard Flag Officer Corps, including; Vice Admiral Neffenger (Deputy Commandant for Operations), RADM Castillo (PACAREA Deputy), RADM Rabago (CG-4), RADM Neptune (CG-1) and RADM Schultz (D11). We were also honored to have RADM (USN Ret.) Rodriguez, President of ANSO. The call followed an earlier Coast Guard sponsored luncheon where VADM Neffenger shared his perspectives on diversity.

    The leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty displayed by the San Diego Chapter of the Coast Guard Cuttermen Association is exemplary and serves as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of their effort and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

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NOMAR & Latina Style Outreach Team

NOMAR & Latina Style Outreach Team

     Congratulations to the NOMAR & Latina Style Outreach Team our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

     The Diversity Outreach Teams for the 2012 National Organization for Mexican American Rights (NOMAR) and the Latina Style Symposium performed their duties is an exemplary manner.  Outreach is defined as building greater Coast Guard awareness and support, especially in geographic areas and within organizations whose demographics will meet the needs of the service.  The NOMAR and Latina Style Outreach Teams successfully helped the USCG sustain our relationships with Hispanic organizations in support of the Commandant’s diversity initiatives.  Both events were extremely successful; we accomplished goal three of the Diversity Strategic Plan by expanding outreach to under-represented communities.   The recruiters were phenomenal; they promoted Coast Guard career opportunities to over 360 eager high school students.  USCG Seminars received outstanding reviews and the panelists were stellar.  Moreover, the USCG was a major presence in the military award ceremonies, USCG personnel served as the Keynote, rendered the invocations, tribute to the fallen, and the national anthem.   NOMAR and Latina Style had excellent executive support from: RADM Ronald Rabago, RADM Maura Dollymore and RADM Frederick Kenney.   Kudos for excellence in teamwork goes to: LCDR Susan Shanahan, LT Andrew Jantzen, SCPO Raymond Cotton, CPO Roberta Storey, PO2 Joshua Duncan, PO2 Thomas Maldonado, Ms. Irma Fuentes, Ms. Carla Grantham, Ms. Shanna Marshall and Mr. Kelvin Bigesby.  This type of teamwork supports our quest to make the Coast Guard the premiere service of choice.  Based on the aforementioned, the 2012 NOMAR and Latina Style teams earned the title of Diversity Champions.

     The leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty displayed by the NOMAR & Latina Style Outreach Team is exemplary and serves as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of their effort and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

9 July 2012

CDR Flip Capistrano

CDR Capistrano

  Congratulations to CDR Capistrano our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  CDR Capistrano is commended for his outreach to a potential future Coast Guard Academy Cadet.  When his father saw the Coast Guard's presentation at the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) he met with the presenter, CAPT Jason Lyuke, mentioning that his son was interested in the Coast Guard, particularly the Academy.  CDR Capistrano quickly volunteered to meet with the son and provide him all of the information he had regarding the Academy as well as the Coast Guard.  He took time out of his busy schedule to coordinate and escort tours of both Air Station Washington, as well as Coast Guard Headquarters.

  CDR Capistrano's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of their efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

25 June 2012

USCGC FIR

  Congratulations to USCGC FIR our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  USCGC FIR participated in the "Adopt a Ship" program within the Astoria, Oregon area.  As part of the program they hosted a group of sixth graders providing tours, demonstrations, and fun filled activities including donning FFEs and hauling buoy chain.  The crew organized guided tours, along with demonstrations on navigation, buoy tending, firefighting and cooking for an entire crew.  To the majority of the students this was an enjoyable and completely new experience.

  USCGC FIR's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of their efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

18 June 2012

Sector Houston-Galveston

  Congratulations to Sector Houston-Galveston our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  Sector Houston-Galveston accepted the 2012 Texas Southern University's (TSU) Paul Cuffee Maritime Leadership Award on behalf of the United States Coast Guard.  It was fitting Sector Houston-Galveston accepted the award as they have formed a great partnership with TSU. Sector Houston-Galveston has made outstanding efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion within the Coast Guard and maritime industry on several fronts including, participating in the TSU Maritime Industry Advisory Board, hosting field trips for high school students participating in the TSU Summer Maritime Academy (now the Summer Transportation Academy,) hiring TSU maritime students as interns, and sponsoring TSU students to attend the 2011 National Joint Harbor Safety Committee and Area Maritime Security Committee Conference.  Additionally, Sector Houston-Galveston promotes the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative to TSU students and high school students associated with the university.

  Sector Houston-Galveston's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

11 June 2012

LCDR Erin Ledford

  Congratulations to LCDR Erin Ledford our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

Upon reporting to USCG Headquarters, LCDR Ledford established what is now one of the premier women's mentoring groups in the service.  Bringing passion for leadership and mentorship LCDR Ledford selected relevant topics, and coordinated speakers as well as all events.  Recent events include a female senior enlisted panel, panel of civilian women in the Coast Guard, a career track/specialty workshop, and an OER workshop with presentation by OPM.  Topics include not only leadership, but co-location time management, and pregnancy.  Special guest speakers include RDML Sandra Stosz, RDML Cari Thomas, RDML Fred Kenney, BGEN Malinda Dunn, USA (ret.), Mrs. Pam Pelcovits (SES, Federal Motor Carriers), and VADM (ret.) Vivian Crea.  In addition, through her group, many women have volunteered in the community working with children.

    

  LCDR Ledford's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

4 June 2012

ENS Brittany Fifer

  Congratulations to ENS Brittany Fifer our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  ENS Fifer is a founding member and Academic Year 2011/2012 President of the Coast Guard Academy's Women's Leadership Council.  Under ENS Fifer's leadership, the cadet driven and cadet run council was founded in 2010 and is supported by a group of 15 faculty advisors.  Under ENS Fifer's tenure the council met with Dr. Jane Lubchenco, director of NOAA to discuss women's leadership, hosted a lunchon with RADM Stosz, participated in the Officer Women's Leadership Symposium, honored CAPT Diane Durham during a celebration as part of Women's History Month, and hosted an officer first class cadet dinner to discuss challenges and opportunities in the fleet.     

  ENS Fifer's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

28 May 2012

Base Detachment St. Louis

   Congratulations to Base Detachment St. Louis, our Diversity Champions of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

   Base Detachment St. Louis is commended for their participation in and support of the Mid-America Chapter of Federally Employed Women (FEW).  Recognizing the importance of affinity group participation in the retention of our diverse workforce, Base Detachment St. Louis has set aside resources to support nine employees in attending the 19th Annual Training Program.  Striving to professionally and personally educate, motivate, and uplift women working in the Federal Government, the FEW Training Program will focus on current and future events affecting today's modern workforce, including being prepared physically, mentally and technologically to face the many challenges in our future.

  
The leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty displayed by Base Detachment St. Louis are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of their efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

21 May 2012

Coast Guard Academy Men's Lacrosse Team

   Congratulations to the Coast Guard Academy Men’s Lacrosse Team, our Diversity Champions of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

   The men’s lacrosse team from the Coast Guard Academy has participated in several clinics where cadets and student athletes were paired up with children from culturally diverse communities in order to make a positive impact on the local youth as they mentored them during hands-on clinics.  These clinics were hosted through the U.S. Lacrosse Building Relationships to Initiate Diversity Growth and Enrichment (BRIDGE) program. The nationally established BRIDGE program brings the sport of lacrosse to the forefront of creating positive influences and life-skill lessons to youth in communities not previously exposed to the sport.  Key leaders from the within the Coast Guard Academy Men’s Lacrosse Program and the Old Bears Alumni have coordinated fly-ins and MH-65C helicopter static displays, mobile training trailers and Tactical Operators clad to showcase the latest weapons and tactical gear in an effort to market the Coast Guard and tackle the issue of diversity head-on.

   In addition, the Coast Guard Lacrosse team recently teamed up with student athletes from Morgan State University (a Historically Black College and University) to compete in what is becoming a fall tradition between the two clubs.  The Coast Guard Academy Men’s Lacrosse program strives to further the diversity goals of the Coast Guard through the sport of lacrosse by increasing awareness of CG career and education opportunities among all minorities. By sharing the excellent Coast Guard career and education opportunities, the goal is to increase applications received from qualified minority candidates for the Coast Guard Academy and other accession sources including Coast Guard civilian, active duty and reserve officer and enlisted opportunities.  Conversely, the cadets/athletes are increasing their diversity awareness, ultimately becoming stronger and more effective leaders as they prepare to enter the fleet as junior officers and future leaders of our service.

    
The leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty displayed by the Lacrosse Team are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of their efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

14 May 2012

LTJG Marquesio Robinson and LTJG Donald Porter

LTJG Marquesio Robinson and LTJG Donald Porter

  Congratulations to LTJG Marquesio Robinson and LTJG Donald Porter, our Diversity Champions of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  Sector New Orleans' LTJG Marquesio Robinson and LTJG Donald Porter were honored for their demonstrated commitment to improving diversity throughout the US Coast Guard and District 8 region. They devoted countless hours towards the MOU partnership with Dillard University and Sector New Orleans. Within the past month, they attended a Pre-Commencement Ceremony in coordination with the graduation of 157 students. LTJG Robinson and LTJG Porter assisted in the planning of the 7th Annual Dillard Health and Sports Festival which promoted healthier lifestyles education to the community.  LTJG Robinson and LTJG Porter are intricate members to the Federal Executive Board which partner with Dillard University and have hosted three career fairs for 300 students seeking federal employment.
 

  LTJG Robinson's and LTJG Porter's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of their efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

30 April 2012

Association of Naval Services Officers Commander Everett Alvarez Jr. Chapter Charter Team

CDR Everett Alvarez Jr.
  Congratulations to the Association of Naval Service Officers (ANSO) Commander Everett Alvarez Jr. Chapter Charter Team, our Diversity Champions of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  On 05 April 2012, a ceremony was held at the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama to officially charter the Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. local chapter of ANSO.  We were honored to have both Rear Admiral William D. Rodriguez (ANSO National President, USN, Retired) and Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. (USN, Retired) (pictured) in attendance.  A true national hero, Commander Alvarez was the first American pilot to be shot down and held as a prisoner of war (POW) in North Vietnam.  He spent over 8 years in captivity, making him the second longest-held POW in American history.

  ANSO's mission is to assist the Sea Service Chief's efforts in Hispanic workforce recruitment and retention by (a) fostering the personal growth and professional development of officers, enlisted, and civilians; (b) providing mentorship, networking, training, and education opportunities; and (c) engaging the Hispanic Communities through outreach initiatives.  ANSO's vision  it to serve as the acknowledged leader in recruiting, developing, and retaining Hispanics in the Sea Services.

  In support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan, the Commander Everett Alvarez, Jr. local chapter of ANSO was chartered by members from each of the three large Coast Guard units in Mobile, Alabama: Aviation Training Center, Gulf Strike Team, and Sector Mobile.  This chapter aims to assure a diverse workforce, improve workforce cultural climate, and expand outreach initiatives to underrepresented populations in our community.  We are proud of our accomplishment and look forward to growing this local chapter of ANSO through worthwhile initiatives for all members of Team Coast Guard.

  The ANSO Commander Everett Alvarez Jr. Chapter Charter Team's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of his efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

23 April 2012

CIAA Recruiting Initiative Team

  Congratulations to the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Recruiting Initiative Team, our Diversity Champions of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  The CIAA was founded in 1912 as the Colored Intercollegiate Athletic Association and is the oldest African-American athletic conference in the nation. The CIAA consists of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) spanning the east coast from Pennsylvania to North Carolina.

  The CIAA Tournament took place 27 Feburary-3 March 2012 in Charlotte, N.C. The Tournament is recognized as one of the nation's premier annual sporting events.  Academic success is a staple of the conference. The CIAA recognizes the academic achievement of its student-athletes annually by naming its top student-athletes to the Commissioner's All-Academic Team. The conference also recognizes the Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year for student-athletes who have excelled on the field and in the classroom. The CIAA Tournament week included a high school career day and Career Expo that was attended by over 8,000 students ranging from high school to college undergrads. Over 100 companies, federal, state, and local organizations were in attendance for recruiting efforts. The Marine Corps had over 20 military officers in representation which included the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps Recruiting Command and Major General Ronald L. Bailey Commanding General, 1st Marine Division (pictured.) The topics discussed with students included: increasing minority employment/recruiting from HBCU institutions by promoting active duty, Reserve, and civilian career opportunities available in the USCG. Members of the CIAA Recruiting Initiative spoke to students about the benefits of the Coast Guard which focused on mentoring, leadership, and allowed the students to ask questions on a one on one basis.  This effort has provided the platform to advance efforts to increase the number of minority students applying for the CSPI program.

  During the week, LT Roberto Concepcion, initiated contact with Johnson C. Smith University’s (JCSU) career services staff and developed the idea to provide a forum for JCSU students to get a better understanding of the Coast Guard and the opportunities available to their students by taking a grass roots approach with the student population. LT Concepcion scheduled a meeting with JCSU career services staff and discussed focusing on efforts to strengthening partnerships and alliances with JCSU. Topics discussed included sponsorships for events, meeting with the student body at a future date to conduct question and answer sessions, and participation in JCSU career events/fairs.

  The recruiting team received a lot of interest about the CSPI program and the students were excited about the Coast Guard being present to provide them additional insight in a face to face setting.  The team included CDR Adrian West, CDR Bruce Walker, LCDR Chester Warren, LCDR Dwayne Meekins, AETC Steve Gilbert, and ETC James Emrich.
 
The CIAA Recruiting Initiative Team's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of his efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

16 April 2012

AST3 Cody Thorpe

  Congratulations to AST3 Cody Thorpe, our Diversity Champions of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  AST3 Thorpe is commended for his work with the Great Lakes Burn Camp.  After becoming involved with the group during a Search and Rescue demonstration several years ago, he remained active, becoming a volunteer lifeguard for the camp and attendant at both summer and winter events every year.  The Great Lakes Burn Camp, created in 1995 provides free opportunities for burn survivors to meet others who have been in the same situation.

  The most recent winter camp hosted over 40 campers where they spent four days participating in outdoor winter sports, arts and crafts activities and an indoor water park.  Additionally one day was spent at the Air Station in Traverse City.  Coordinated by AST3 Thorpe, the days activities included a inflatable bounce house and obstacle course, basketball games, horse and carriage rides, a photo booth, and displays by the Michigan State Police SWAT Team, and the Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department and more.  Coordination of the one day event included garnering sponsors, and planning the activities, and took over three months and forty volunteers.
 
  AST3 Thorpe's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of his efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

9 April 2012

ITC Tyler Cornett and ITCS Quincy Brown

  Congratulations to the ITC Tyler Cornett and ITCS Quincy Brown, our Diversity Champions of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  ITC Cornett and ITCS Brown are commended for their community outreach to high school students in the local area.  ITC Cornett and ITCS Brown spoke to a group of 20 diverse electrical and mechanical engineering students and Booker T. Washington High School.  The students were extremely attentive to the ESU Miami duo's presentation on technical fields and opportunities available in the Coast Guard.  They conveyed information about boot camp, "A" school, and multiple enlisted and officer opportunities.  Contact information for pursuing a Coast Guard career was left behind for teachers and counselors. 
 
  ITC Cornett and ITCS Brown's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of their efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

2 April 2012

LT Chris Kimrey and LT Celina Ladyga

  Congratulations to the LT Chris Kimrey and LT Celina Ladyga, our Diversity Champions of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  LT Kimrey and LT Ladyga are commended for coordinating and facilitating the first annual Seventh District Women's Leadership Workshop.  Bringing together over 60 members from across the district the one day workshop was considered a great success.  Attendees were welcomed by RADM Baumgartner as well as CMC Kitchin.  Two leadership panels were hosted, from both junior and senior enlisted and officers as well as a presentation by the Gender Policy Advisor and a keynote address by RADM Mary Landry.  The afternoon showcased breakout sessions by operational specialty, special interest workshops, and speed mentoring.  As a result of months of planning LT Kimrey and LT Ladyga successfully hosted what they hope to be an annual event for the district, allowing men and women to get together and discuss leadership, mentorship, and many of the issues facing women in the service. 
 
  LT Kimrey and LT Ladyga's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of their efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

26 March 2012

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 38th Annual Convention Diversity Outreach and Recruiting Team

  Congratulations to the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 38th Annual Convention Diversity Outreach and Recruiting Team, our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  The National Society of Black Engineers is a not-for-profit association dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering and technical students and professionals and is the premier link between the African-American, and other minority communities, and the academic and professional world of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). The USCG and NSBE have partnered since 2009. Over 7,800 Pre-College, Collegiate- and Professional-level NSBE members attended the 2012 38th Annual Convention.

  The 2012 NSBE 38th Annual Convention was held in Pittsburgh, PA, from 28 March through 01 April 2012. The U.S. Coast Guard was a Premier Sponsor. This gained the USCG exclusive recruitment and Academy admissions access to key populations of NSBE membership and their venues. This effort fully supported goal 3 and goal 4 of the Diversity Strategic Plan.

  Team Coast Guard hosted an AROW (Academy Robotics on the Water) Competition for 37 NSBE competitors; distributed USCG-branded promotional items; conveyed vocational, academic, AIM (Academy Introduction Mission), and Coast Guard Academy (CGA) Engineering Challenge for the 21st Century Teacher's Workshop information; sponsored a kick-off event  for over 1000 high school/middle school students and 150 educators and industry representatives; made possible an introduction from space by CAPT Dan Burbank; facilitated an official presentation by RADM Kevin Cook of a CGA Appointment letter to a NSBE member; hosted two search-and-rescue demonstrations involving a 25-foot Response Boat-Small (RB-S) and deployment of a rescue swimmer from an MH-65C helicopter; strategically stationed aviators to provide descriptive briefings and to respond to conventioneer queries; and, positioned a static display of a 25-foot RB-S within the NSBE General Session Hall. RADM Ronald Hewitt cut the ribbon and officially opened the Career Fair; received a “Champions” award; and, on behalf of VADM Manson Brown, accepted a Golden Torch Legacy Award. Coast Guard Recruiting Command provided conference bag promotional items. A professional-member-level workshop on “How to be Successful in a VUCA Environment” was delivered. Ms. Donna Walker-Ross, LCDR “Tank” Shuler, LT Keith Thomas, LT Roberto Concepcion, Mr. Daniel Pinch and Mr. Aaron Parker are especially commended as the key visionaries and coordinators of this overall effort.

  The full listing of Team Members is: Ms. Donna Walker-Ross; Ms. Leslie Martin-Freeman; CAPT Stephan Finton; LT Keith Thomas; Mr. Telfair Brown; Mr. Aaron Parker; Mr. Daniel Pinch; LCDR Brian Maggi; LCDR Jessica Rozzi-Ochs; LCDR Thomas “Tank” Shuler; LT Warren Wright; LT Kimberley McLear; 2/C Sarah Blatt; 3/C Kumar Brunhart-McBratney; 2/C Victoria Lacefield-Rodriguez; 2/C Colleen McCue; Mr. Kendall Blackston; Ms. Lauren Guerrido; Mr. Derric Lee; SA Jessica Coffman; LTJG Tanya Nalesnik; LT Frederick Pugh; ENS Josh Wofford; C/C Frederick Higgins; CDR Richard Timme; LCDR John Dittmar; LTJG Alyssa McDonald; LTJG Alanna McGovern; BM1 Daniel Cloutier; BM1 Christopher Horton; BM1 John Sadler; MK2 Kyler P. Frank; MK2 Craig Miller; CAPT Michael Platt; LT Anthony Falce; AST3 David Gendron; AET2 Christopher Wolner; LTJG Christine Angel Jean-Charles; LT Roberto Concepcion; Mr. Mauro Cooper; Mr. Joseph Johnston; HSC Ben Blackwood; MK2 Brian Moehler; Ms. Tina Barnes; Mr. Otis Harvey; Mr. Marcus Akins; CDR William Makell; LCDR Zeita Merchant; LCDR Jason Flennoy; LTJG Jessica Flennoy; LT Gabriel Vigil; SKC Anita Vincent; CAPT Lori Mathieu; CDR Mikeal Staier; CDR Kathryn Dunbar; LCDR Eddie Lesane; LT Christopher Hedrick; F&S3 Keith Johnson; SKC Jonathan Hackler; SK1 Patricia Brown; CDR Anthony Stobbe; OSCS Adwoa Hendricks; and, LT Kelvin Davis.

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) 38th Annual Convention Diversity Outreach and Recruiting Team’s leadership, collaboration and teamwork, and devotion to duty is commendable and serves as an exemplar of the positive impact a small, talented, determined service can have community-wide.  As a direct result of the Team’s efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making great strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan. 

19 March 2012

Coast Guard Band

  Congratulations to the Coast Guard Band, our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  The Coast Guard Band is commended for its Community Outreach Initiative.  This initiative seeks to improve the area's appreciation and understanding of good music while increasing the visibility and community involvement of the Band, Academy and Coast Guard.  Their annual School Concert series, brings in up to 9,000 students to to the academy.  This year's theme titled "Latin Tour, En Fuego!" features music from Hispanic cultures.  

  The band also hosts "Coast Guard Band Career Days" where band members visit local middle and high schools.  Band members will speak about their educational path to the band, describe their missions as well as those of the Coast Guard, and present other musical careers and opportunities along with a question and answer session.  The band is also active in the Partnership In Education (PIE) within the New London school district.  As part of the PIE program the band performs two custom concerts per day geared towards second grade and below and third to fifth grade.

  The Annual Young Artists' Competition rounds out the band's education programs.  The competition was established to offer a challenging and rewarding educational experience for Connecticut high school musicians, honor the achievements of talented young musicians, and increase visibility of the Coast Guard Band as well as the Coast Guard Academy among high school students and band directors throughout the state. 

  The Coast Guard Band's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

12 March 2012

LANTAREA HBCU Summit Team

  Congratulations to the Base Support Unit Portsmouth Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Summit Team our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  The Base Support Unit Portsmouth LANTAREA HBCU Summit Team showcased the service's commitment as a national leader in hiring national leader in hiring and retaining a diverse workforce by hosting an HBCU summit which included students and faculty from Norfolk State University, Hampton University, Virginia State University and Elizabeth City State University. The summit included leadership symposiums on the Coast Guard Cutter LEGARE and demonstrations of Coast Guard operations including search and rescue along with law enforcement. There were also displays with information on aviation, engineering, marine environmental response and marine safety and security.  The joint effort was exceptionally positive and correlated with the Coast Guard’s strategic plan for diversity as the theme was “Enhancing Career Development through Leadership, Mentorship and Diversity.”  The summit was a great opportunity that led to extensive high level discussions with Coast Guard senior officials including Rear Admiral Ronald Hewitt, Rear Admiral Kevin Cook, Rear Admiral Dean Lee, Rear Admiral Robert Day and Rear Admiral Stephen Mehling.  CAPT Eku Faux, LCDR Robert Gore, LCDR Patrick Burkett, Feba Thomas, and LT Donte Perry are especially commended as the main coordinators of this effort.

  The Base Support Unit Portsmouth HBCU Summit Team's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

5 March 2012

1/c Hall & 1/c Normoyle

CGA Spectrum
  Congratulations to 1/c Chip Hall and 1/c Kelli Normoyle our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  1/c Chip Hall and 1/c Kelli Normoyle are co-presidents of the Spectrum Diversity Council, the first gay-straight alliance at a U.S. Military Service Academy.  Working since its formal establishment on December first, 2011, the co-presidents have gained support not only from not only academy faculty and staff, but also openly gay New London community leaders including Mayor Daryl Finizio (pictured) and Reverend Carolyn Patierno, both featured speakers at the inaugural meeting.  With a goal of creating awareness, this newly formed group has done a great job establishing itself as leader in the forefront of a new era in the service.


  1/c Hall and 1/c Normoyle's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

27 February 2012

Marine Safety Unit Chicago

MSU Chicago
  Congratulations to Marine Safety Unit Chicago our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  Marine Safety Unit Chicago is applauded for their collective dedication to outreach in the greater Chicago area.   In support of the Coast Guard's Compass outreach program, Marine Safety Unit Chicago established their own Compass outreach program to deploy volunteers into their communities to conduct outreach events that raise America's understanding and awareness of the Coast Guard.  Currently consisting of 11 members, the Marine Safety Unit Chicago's Compass program has already established contact with five different schools to support their upcoming career fairs.  Additionally Marine Safety Unit Chicago provides robust support to the Partnership in Education program through a literacy program that helps over 450 local students with reading and mentoring, making a tremendous impact on their community.

  Marine Safety Unit Chicago's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

20 February 2012

Air Station Miami

AIRSTA Miami
    Congratulations to Air Station Miami our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  On January 31st, in recognition of African American History Month, an in an effort to educate unit members on African American contributions to the United States military, Air Station Miami provided members time during the workday to attend a special screening of the recently released motion picture "Red Tails."  Several members of the command capitalized on the opportunity and were surprised when they were joined by one of the remaining Tuskegee Airman, LT. COL Eldridge Williams (pictured). 

  Earlier in February, keeping with the tradition of recognizing the outstanding contributions of African Americans, Air Station Miami and the Miami chapter of the National Naval Officers Association held its very own special viewing of the film "Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Life Savers."  The documentary movie chronicled the Coast Guard's only all African American lifesaving crew and their daring rescue of the schooner E.S. NEWMAN in 1896.  Additionally, during the African American History Month observance, Air Station Miami will serve historically African American meals on Wednesdays in the galley. 

  Air Station Miami's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

13 February 2012

Auxiliary Flotilla 44

Auxiliary Flotilla 44
  Congratulations to Auxiliary Flotilla 44 of Sewaren, New Jersey our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  When approached by the local Hispanic community of boaters looking for a New Jersey approved safe boating course, Flotilla 44 saw a great opportunity to reach out to a population who, although active in the boating community, was not able to successfully obtain a New Jersey State Marine Police Permit.  Initial response to the course was overwhelming ending up with a class of 29 with eight on a waiting list.  With the help of a local marina who provided the classroom, two instructors and two interpreters the first class went extremely well.  Class participation was excellent with the process being an instructor reading the slide, with an interpreter translating and asking for questions.  Although some questions were asked in English, all answers were provided in Spanish to ensure all had a full understanding.  At the end of the day, all but one successfully passed the exam and earned their New Jersey Boating Permit.  Pictured above, Flotilla Commander Mr. Wilson Santiago interprets during the course.


  Auxiliary Flotilla 44's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

6 February 2012

Honolulu Combined LEAD Council

  Congratulations to the Honolulu Combined LEAD Council our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  The Honolulu Combined LEAD Council believes that culture should be shared and understood, but above all, it should be respected.  The Honolulu Combined LEAD Council held its fifth annual Hawaiian Orientation Fair on Base Honolulu.  The purpose of the event was to introduce newly reported personnel along with their dependants and visitors to the rich cultural heritage, traditions, history, values and customs of Hawaiians.  Mr. Keealoha Kelekolio of the Bishop Museum, the largest museum dedicated studying and preserving the history of Hawaii and the Pacific, and Ms. Annelle Amaral, Native Hawaiian Liaison to the Garrison Commander of the U.S. Army in Hawaii were guest speakers.  Both speakers made the Hawaiian cultural event come alive for the audience through storytelling, song, and sharing the successes, struggles, and experiences of different islands throughout history.  Pictured above (L-R) are Civil Rights Service Providers Ms. Gina Huck and Ms. Trina Anderson.


  The Honolulu Combined LEAD Council's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

30 January 2012

LT Luis Carmona

LT Carmona

  Congratulations to LT Luis Carmona our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  LT Carmona is a high energy and motivated member of the Diversity Outreach Team where his contributions in the area of Hispanic Outreach are noteworthy.  LT Carmona generously donated his time and skills to promote the Commandant's diversity strategy missions.  He has worked with Great Minds in STEM, formerly known as HENAAC, as the coach for the Coast Guard College Bowl Team for three years consecutively mentoring teams of college students.  LT Carmona has also worked with the Hispanic Association of College and Universities (HACU) where he taught seminars.  He is a role model for the Hispanic youth and enjoys introducing students to the Coast Guard. 

  LT Carmona also volunteered to work the Boating Safety booth at the World Children's Festival promoting the importance of wearing a personal floatation device.  LT Carmona is a Marine Safety Officer that received the LCDR William B. Turek Award in August 2011.  This award best exemplifies the personal and professional qualities necessary to be a successful Coast Guard Marine Inspector.   


  LT Carmona's leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

23 January 2012

USCGC DAUNTLESS

CGC DAUNTLESS

  Congratulations to Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  Over the Veteran's Day holiday three crewmembers from Dauntless volunteered in diversity and community outreach events to promote the Coast Guard, and its career and education opportunities.  LTJG Kayla Abruzzese represented the Service at the annual USS CAVALLA Veteran's Day Ceremony while ENS Eric Hudson Jr. and LTJG Sabrina Taylor visited Texas Southern University and volunteered as college role models for local minorities and to assist the Houston National Naval Officers Association chapter and the Urban League Young Professionals to help prepare over 150 high school students for college.  The volunteers provided tutorials and tips on selecting the right institution, applying for admission, financial aid, and other critical facets of the college preparatory process.

  During their previous in port period, Dauntless hosted 45 JROTC cadets from Ross S. Sterling High School in Houston, TX (see photo).  The cadets received an extensive tour of the engine room led by MK1 Randy Marek, where they learned about the cutter's ability to produce water, heat and power.  BM3 Christopher Heasley explained cutter navigation while CDR John Pruitt, III and LT Leslie Boudwin discussed Coast Guard career opportunities after high school and college.  The was many of the students first time aboard a ship. 

  Dauntless recently published a Leadership and Diversity Advisory Council (LDAC) charter, and stood up the council with impressive attendance.  With volunteers from every department, rate, rank, gender, race/ethnicity and operational community aboard, the Dauntless LDAC draws input from personnel at every level.  In their plenary meeting, the LDAC laid out plans for upcoming position elections as well as annual goals.

  The Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless' leadership, mentorship, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

16 January 2012

CGRC Outreach Team

  Congratulations to the Coast Guard Recruiting Command Outreach Team our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  Coast Guard Recruiting Command sponsored the 2011 South Carolina State University Youth and ROTC Day football game in Orangeburg, SC.  This years theme was "Preparing the Next Generation of Scholars: One Student at a Time."  The event was a special day designed to encourage elementary, middle and high school students to attend college and highlight ROTC programs from across the state of South Carolina.

  The CGRC Outreach Team's objective was to promote Coast Guard active duty, reserve, enlisted, and officer career opportunities with an emphasis on OCS, CSPI and the Coast Guard Academy.  Station Georgetown's 25' RB-S was a huge attraction and sparked the interest of many students in attendance.  The Outreach Team made contact with over 800 middle/high school students and influencers including coaches, teachers, church members and ROTC instructors.  Coast Guard Ambassadors to SC State and Hampton University met with Dr. Cooper, the SC State President to discuss CSPI and future initiatives including on campus leadership symposiums, and initiates to promote CSPI opportunities to STEM students.  South Carolina State showed Coast Guard commercials on the scoreboard throughout the game and presented the game ball to the Coast Guard in front of all 20,000 in attendance. 
 
  The CGRC Outreach Team was composed of members from Sector Charleston, Station Georgetown, Recruiting Office Columbia, and Coast Guard Ambassadors from the Washington D.C. area, specifically CDR Jason Merriweather, LCDR Richard Howell, LCDR Thomas Shuler, LCDR Eddie Lesane, LT Brandon Guldseth, ET1 Timothy Manske, EM2 Phillip Jenkins, MK2 Tyler Underwood and OT Shelly Brown.

  The CGRC Outreach Team's leadership, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

9 January 2012

AUX Raymond Birnbaum

Ray Birnbaum

 Congratulations to the AUX Raymond Birnbaum our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  AUX Birnbaum is recognized for his dedication and extensive outreach efforts in support of the Coast Guard Compass outreach program.  Displaying the fervent volunteer spirit of the Coast  Guard Auxiliary, AUX Birnbaum has conducted numerous outreach events throughout Connecticut highlighting the numerous career and educational opportunities available in the Coast Guard.  Through his dedicated efforts AUX Birnbaum reached out to over 200 members of the public at events such as the Connecticut Boat Show, Aircraft Owner & Pilots Conference, Sea Cadet Career Night, and a local college fair.  AUX Birnbaum embraces every opportunity to promote the Coast Guard and remains one of the most active members of the Compass program.

  AUX Birnbaum's leadership, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

2 January 2012

Mr. Jose Velazquez

Mr. Jose Velazquez

  Congratulations to the Mr. Jose Velazquez, our Diversity Champion of the Week! The Diversity Champion distinction is bestowed upon individuals or units who have made significant contributions in support of the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan and OPTASK Diversity.

  Mr. Velazquez is recognized for his support to the Hispanic community, both within the service and out.  Mr. Velazquez served as the Eastern Region's Vice President of the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) overseeing the activities of chapters located in Washington D.C., New York, Miami, Norfolk, Newport and Sigonella.  Under his leadership, he helped ANSO to fulfill its mission of fostering the advancement and recognition of Hispanic Officers and Petty Officers in the uniformed naval services through mentorship, professional development and education.  In addition he co-chaired the planning of the 2011 ANSO National Conference, attended the Latin American Studies Council Conference to provide mentoring to enlisted personnel, and partnering with ANSO and local law enforcement served as a speaker and mentor to Hispanic youths of the Regional Gang Response Intervention Team.

  Mr. Velazquez's leadership, and devotion to duty are exemplary and serve as a great example of the positive impact a small group can have on a community.  As a direct result of your efforts and outreach, the Coast Guard is making strides toward achieving the vision set out in the Diversity Strategic Plan.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

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