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Diversity Champions of 2013

15 NOVEMBER 2013

COAST GUARD AUXILIARY ATLANTIC WEST

                                                   
Congratulations to Coast Guard Auxiliary Atlantic West, our Diversity Champions!  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.

VCDR Dave Linder of 9th Eastern Division 4 and Coast Guard Chief Jung of Station Sodus Point, New York joined together to conduct “Understanding Diversity” training.  To help reinforce the subject, BMC Jung and VCDR Linder related individual experiences that occurred during their life which contributed to their awareness of biases, stereotyping and diversity in the Auxiliary, the Coast Guard and in their daily lives.

They shared personal stories involving bias and stereotyping and how they can have a negative, as well as positive, impact on personal and organizational performance.  A member of FL 4-4, BMC Jung relayed a story of a young man of Middle Eastern descent, who after 911 joined the Coast Guard.  This young man was physically attacked in high school because of his race.  The incident changed Chief Jung as a person.  VCDR Linder is a member of FL 4-4, and the DIV 4 Diversity Staff Officer (SO-DV).  His story revealed that women where he worked were paid less for doing the same work that their male counterparts were doing.  Male and female employees supported a change and worked together with company leadership to ensure that all people received the same pay for the same type of work.

These two gentlemen talked about biases and stereotypes being a part of the way our brain functions.  We have so much data coming at us, that our brains actually pay attention to a small percentage of it.  The rest is sorted by category, so we don’t have to think about it. Stereotypes apply to everyone and they affect everyone.  Sometimes we “see” what we expect and are looking for, rather than what is really there.  If someone contradicts the stereotype, we may think they are the “exception” rather than change our stereotype.

Part of diversity training is to be able to recognize and resolve issues of bias and discrimination. VCDR Linder’s and Chief Jung’s experiences had a profound impact on their lives, and sharing them during this session assisted AUX members with a better understanding of diversity, their own biases and stereotyping.

Coast Guard Auxiliary Atlantic West'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!

19 JULY 2013

ANSO Chapter Mobile

                                                    ANSO Mobile Chapter
Congratulations to ANSO Chapter Mobile, our Diversity Champions!  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 CDR Everett Alvarez Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) Chapter in Mobile, AL set up a community outreach event to help the local Bay Area Food Bank.  Current statistics show 24.5% of children, nearly one in four in the local region suffer from food insecurity, sadly going to bed malnourished at night.  ANSO members collected over 553lbs of canned goods and spent 40+ hours of volunteer service in support of this local food bank.  In addition, they partnered with a local restaurant chain, Santa Fe Grill, to successfully expand the food drive outreach.  The event was also supported by a live interview on local news the week of the event, available for viewing (not viewed on government computers) at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1KmTUovTXM.

The individuals pictured from left to right are to be recognized for their volunteerism: Sizemore, Katherine (YN3), Lynn, Evelyn (LCDR), Lynn, Kevin (CDR), Estrada, Edgardo (BOSN3), Davila, Nathan (OS1), Greason, Rhonda (AET3), Mercado, Domingo (AET1), Kuzak, Richard (LCDR) James, Justin (AST3), Fisher, Robert (LCDR), Fisher, Tony (MST2), Burnside, Jordan (YN2), and Hunt, Justin (LT).  These individuals efforts reflected positively on the Coast Guard and the diversity efforts of ANSO.

ANSO Chapter Mobile'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!

14 JUNE 2013

District Seven LDACs

                                                   
Congratulations to District Seven LDACs, 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 5 June 2013, District 7 LDACs held a Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual (LGB) forum to help open lines of communications and help people understand the challenges and specific concerns our LGB members face.  The event included a legal overview of policy/regulations on LGBs serving in the military and also the benefits that became immediately available upon DADT repeal, benefits that will become available later this summer, and the benefits that are not available to same sex partners until Defense of Marriage Act is repealed.  Additionally, discussed was an overview of the emotional feelings LGB people experience when they hide their sexual orientation and the emotions parents experience when they are told their child is lesbian/gay/bisexual.  Further, discussion was address on how people with faith based perspective and concerns could deal with their feelings about LGB.  Lastly, a CG panel was facilitated by a local community outreach educator of Parents, Family, Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).

The individuals who are to be recognized for this informative forum are: CAPT Richard Kenin (D7 Miami), LCDR Christy Howard (Sector Miami), LCDR Shaun Edwards (D7 Miami), LT Timothy Cronin (D7 Miami), LT Peter Dietz (Sector Key West Chaplain), FN Casey Stripling (Station Lake Worth Inlet), and the guest speaker from PFLAG - Mr. Peter Robinson (Fort Lauderdale). Approximately 60 people took part in the event displaying commitment to learning how to deal with leadership challenges and ensure 100% engagement of 100% of our people.

District Seven LDAC'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!

07 JUNE 2013

GMIS Outreach Team

Congratulations to the Diversity 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 Team for the 2012 Great Minds In STEM Conference made significant strides to the Coast Guard’s diversity and inclusion efforts. During the conference, the Diversity Outreach Team promoted Coast Guard awareness and built relationships within the Hispanic community by expanding professional development outreach, mentorship, and career opportunities within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields to over 3,000 under-represented minorities in attendance.

These STEM events are vital for the USCG to sustain our relationships with minority organizations in support of the Commandant’s diversity initiatives. This year, RADM Joseph Castillo was the senior USCG representative.  CAPT Michael Eagle was honored at the STEM Military Heroes Dinner, and Officer Trainee Christina Ramirez and CG Academy Cadet Brian Acuna received the Military Cadet Role Model Awards for their leadership, academic achievements, and outstanding community service outreach.

These outreach events served as great avenues to promote the Coast Guard’s diversity initiatives, the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) Scholarship Program and career opportunities.  The Great Minds In STEM Diversity Outreach Team displayed phenomenal leadership and mentorship as they promoted Coast Guard career opportunities to over 200 eager high school students at the Viva Technology event and 1,500 college students participating in the College Bowl and career day festivities. LCDR Katiuska Pabon, MK2 Angel Vazquez, and SK2 Eduardo Gutierrez served as exceptional student mentors during the College Bowl Program representing Team Coast Guard.  Their leadership as mentors provided 10 young adults with key leadership and professional development training; healthy messages about life and social behavior; Coast Guard career opportunities; and opportunities for increased participation in STEM education, civic service, and community service activities.  This two-day interactive, high-energy competition focused on exposing STEM focused students to the CG and opportunities in arenas that they may not have considered before.

Ms. Carla Grantham directed a unique professional development seminar on branding and provided over 30 young adults with key tools to promote their skills within the STEM workforce. Moreover, the USCG was a major presence in the military award ceremonies: RADM Joseph Castillo served as the Master of Ceremonies for the Military Heroes Dinner, while LT Roberto Concepcion, AMT1 Michael Cournyea and Officer Trainee Christina Ramirez provided a touching military tribute to the fallen that touched all of the 3,000 people in attendance.  The Color Guard from Air Station Clearwater provided exceptional support as well.

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.  The team included: CAPT Donald Dyer, LCDR Katiuska Pabon, LT Roberto Concepcion, MKC An Nguyen, AMT1 Michael Cournyea, MK1 Scott Fessler, ET1 Joshua Butler, AMT1 Erik Brennan, MK2 Angel Vazquez, SK2 Eduardo Gutierrez, SN Christian Paglialonga, Ms. Carla Grantham, and (Color Guard Air Station Clearwater): GM2 Daniel Devit, SN Adam Powell, SN Kent Moore, and SA Bethany Kimsey.  Thank you for your work in championing diversity!

The Diversity Outreach 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!

31 May 2013

USCG FINCEN

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Congratulations to USCG Finance Center, 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.

Led by FINCEN’s Leadership Diversity and Advisory Council (LDAC) and Special Emphasis Program (SEP) managers, more than 75 dedicated volunteers from FINCEN and local community groups planned and executed FINCEN’s annual Diversity Day celebration event.  For the first time, FINCEN’s Diversity Day event featured eight different diversity groups including Asian Indian, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Caribbean, Asian-Pacific Islander, African American, Italian, Military Veterans, and a group dedicated to Parenting of Special Needs Children.  Nearly 400 CG military members, civilian employees, and guess attended the event.

The Diversity Day vision for this year went beyond highlighting our differences as a workforce to capitalizing on the differences that enable our diverse workforce to achieve service excellence. Presentations included a speech on cultural diversity in India and globalization, a Latin dance team performance, Somen noodle cooking demonstration, and cultural exhibits from each of the eight groups as well as authentic cultural food samplings.  Of particular note, the Military Veterans group and local Coast Guard Honor Guard team conducted an Armed Forces Service song opening ceremony honoring all current and previous military members in our diverse workforce across the military spectrum.

In an effort to expand the definition of diversity beyond race, ethnicity, or gender; FINCEN’s LDAC provided a presentation on generational differences citing that for the first time in our Service’s history there are four different generations in the workforce.  The LDAC’s presentation focused on the challenges and opportunities of a multi-generational environment communicating how the experiences, knowledge, and cultural familiarity that each generation possesses can be best harnessed in the workplace.  Highlighting the role of leadership and importance of mentoring others, the LDAC conveyed the value in cross-generational teamwork in our Service.

USCG Finance Center'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!

24 May 2013

Air Station Miami LDAC

A/S Miami 
Congratulations to the Air Station Miami 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.

Air Station Miami recently took time out from operations to hold its Second Annual Diversity Workshop.  The workshop was an all-hands event designed to examine the workplace climate at the air station while promoting an atmosphere of inclusion, equality, and respect.  The event began with the command’s review and discussion of the results from the most recent Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI) Organizational Climate Survey (DEOCS) followed by a review of the Commandant’s Diversity policy.  Even observant of budgetary constraints, the LDAC was able to utilize local resources and welcomed the Dean of the College of Law at Florida International University and former Assistant Attorney General R. Alexander Acosta as the keynote speaker.  Dean Acosta, a Cuban-American and the first Hispanic to hold the rank of Assistant Attorney General, briefly detailed his experiences and used a recent study of U.S. Company Chief Executive Officers (CEO) as an example of non-diversity.  In his discussion, Dean Acosta stated that a majority of the U.S. Company CEOs are very tall, significantly taller than the general population.  The study suggests that height, elicits an unconscious association with presumed leadership skills.

Workshop participants engaged in a live anonymous survey that covered timely issues such as the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and discrimination tolerance in the workplace.  Participants then divided into several guided discussion groups, which afforded each member the opportunity to supply feedback on their own experiences at the unit and discuss the unit’s organizational strengths and areas for improvement.

The LDAC members in the photo (L to R) are: IS3 Heather Sayre, LT Mike Dubinsky, YN2 Bryan Holtz, LT Adam Burda, LCDR Heather McCafferty, LT Amy Pomeroy, YN2 Jaimee Baker, and AMT2 Dave Hetticher.  LDAC members not photographed are: LCDR Brian Conley, LCDR Stacia Parrott, LT Elroy Allen, LT Howard "HB" Baker, LT Leslie Brown, LT Zach Fuentes, LT Aaron Holler, LT Jess Pomeroy, LT Jameson Saviano, LT Hilary Smith, LTJG Corey McPartlin, CWO Athena Santos, AETC Mike Giuntoli, and FS3 Michael Young.

Air Station Miami LDAC'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!

17 May 2013

T-WL&M (Tidewater-Women's Leadership & Mentoring) Group

T-WLM 
Congratulations to the Tidewater Women's Leadership and Mentoring (T-WL&M) group, 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.

CAMSLANT, Base Portsmouth, LANTAREA, District 5, FORCECOM, and the Director of Operational Logistics (DOL) women's leadership and mentoring groups partnered to form the
T-WL&M group.  They all worked hard to bring different learning and professional development opportunities to all Coast Guard members.

T-WL&M group is a mentoring alliance of professional individuals focused on learning, leadership, networking, and experiences to further the professional development of all involved.  These dynamic groups were formed to help foster meaningful connections between women, members working in the Coast Guard, and other branches of the Armed Forces through planned events, education and mentoring.  By sharing values, contributions and experiences, our members improve women’s leadership individually and collectively for both their private and Coast Guard interests.

In celebration of Women's History Month, on 7 March 2013 at the Northwest Annex Auditorium, the T-WL&M group sponsored a panel discussion with four achieved Coast Guard leaders who discussed their views on leadership and the responsibilities we all have toward mentorship of peers and juniors.  Panel speakers were: CAPT Brenda Kerr, CAPT Mariapaz Smith, ENS Misti Tokarsky, and CWO Erin Thorpe.

Additionally, there was one other similar event on 27 March 2013 held at the Portsmouth Federal Building with panel speakers: Dr. Galdys Brignoni, LCDR Amanda Ramassini, CWO Monica Ritvalsky, MCPO Timaree Sparks, and Mrs. Tracy Parker.  A forum made for the cross-exchange of experiences and ideas to build a stronger community of Coast Guard women.

Furthermore, on 18 March 2013 there was a speed mentoring event whereas individuals were able to ask experienced military and civilian leaders about their careers, personal goals, and aspects of their professional journey. Those involved were: CAPT Steven Andersen, CAPT Joel Dolbeck, CAPT William Wolter, CAPT Mark Carmel, Dr. Glagys Brignoni, CDR Heather Kostecki, LCDR Shanell King, CWO Robert Downs, CWO Jennifer Alholm, CWO Lois Bonner, CWO Laura Freeman, CWO Kimberly Angel, MCPO Timaree Sparks, MCPO Steven Cantrell, MCPO Jeffrey Sherman, MCPO David Kolstedt, MCPO Penny Koons, MCPO George Lopez, MCPO Daniel Boe, MCPO Stephen Dykema, Mrs. Teddie Thorogood, Mrs. Deborah Thompson, SCPO Melissa Sharer, Mr. Lewis Winston, CPO Lacretia Marshall, CPO Stacey Vavrek, CPO William Mello, CPO Justin Uyttewaal, CPO Sarah Case, PO1 Clara Whitehead, and PO1 Shannon Griscom.

It is important for all to realize that even though the group sponsoring those events was the
T-WL&M group, the benefits of the event were for all members of the CG regardless if you are male or female.

The T-WL&M group'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!

03 May 2013

LCDR PEGGY BRITTON

 
Congratulations to LCDR Peggy Britton, 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 April 10, 2013, LCDR Britton spearheaded a Leadership luncheon titled "Women: Can you have it all?" Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown’s Leadership and Diversity Advisory Council (LDAC) presented a first-of-its-kind, leadership luncheon and panel discussion, entitled “Women: Can You Have It All?” Over 110 Coast Guard men and women from the base and neighboring commands gathered at the training center’s Port of York dining facility to glean insight and career guidance from the six esteemed guest panelists: CAPT Ty Rinoski, CAPT Maureen Steinhouse, CDR Kendall Garran, CDR Holly Harrison, BMCM Timaree Sparks, and YNCS Tonia Allen.

Each speaker uniquely contributed to the discussion and importance of work-life balance. Thematically, the panel concurred that there simply is no “one-size-fits-all” answer, nor is there one standard “fit,” or end goal.  The consensus seemed to be that all individuals, both male and female, define their own success.  Panelists shared personal and professional stories that showed operational achievement while concurrently raising a family can be extremely challenging, but it is certainly possible with the proper support network and an open understanding of the very real “costs” associated.  Moreover, panelists encouraged participants to be true to themselves and move past societal expectations when setting and governing life goals.

The LDAC derived the concept of the luncheon from the ongoing controversy surrounding Anne-Marie Slaughter’s article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have it All,” from the July/August 2012 issue of The Atlantic.  LDAC’s event title, “Women: Can You Have It All?” resonated not only with training center staff and students, but also guests from several outlying stations and cutters, CG Sector Hampton Roads, CG Base Portsmouth, CG District Five, and CG Atlantic Area commands.

Attendees also included numerous Apprentice (“A”) school students from the training center.  To one such student that volunteered to attend, the message was clear. “It’s a leadership issue. Not a male or female issue,” explained a SNBM.  Another student and mother of four remarked: “I have found myself questioning my decision to join the Coast Guard at times, but listening to women who have been through it all has helped me to remember why I enlisted.”

The event coordinator and LDAC member, LCDR Peggy Britton, underscored the Coast Guard’s responsibility to advance policies to preserve women in the organization.  “We need to get this right if we are to truly embrace organizational diversity, for any group, not just women…it’s about retaining talent.”

LCDR Peggy Britton'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!

26 April 2013

SECTOR SAN JUAN

 
Congratulations to Sector San Juan, 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.

In order for cultural observances to be successful, they must be well organized, well attended, and connected to the overall missions of the CG.  Recently, Sector San Juan exceeded these expectations, hosting an African American History observance event, which featured guest speakers, a Caribbean African root music/dance group, and provided cultural foods for the attendees after raising over $300 dollars to support the event.  The LDAC planned and prepared an event with two prestige guest speakers, Mrs. Eleanor Allen, Vice Principal, Antilles Elementary School, and U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Licorish, Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico.  Each shared inspiring stories and historical facts.  Over 140 CG military members, civilian employees, and guests attended the event.

In addition, during this period, Sector San Juan LDAC diligently conducted repairs and cleans-ups with the staff of a local orphanage in observance of the MLK holiday.

Sector San Juan'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!

19 April 2013

Coast Guard Chief's

SAPR No By Stander 
Congratulations to the Coast Guard Chief's, 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.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and there was a very strong message that Sexual Assault will not be tolerated in our Coast Guard.  On 03 April 2013, the Coast Guard Chief's designated it as Service Dress Blue (SDB) day.  In a show of leadership and solidarity, Chief's, Senior Chief's, and Master Chief's (and many others) wore their SDBs in recognition of SAAM.

The four points that wearing this uniform drew attention to were: (1) Sexual Assault is a crime. It violates our Core Values, yet it still occurs in our Coast Guard.  Last year, we had over 150 incidents and we know incidents are under-reported.  (2) It is everyone's duty and responsibility to prevent and stop Sexual Assault, whether at work or on liberty, and it's our duty and responsibility as Chief's to lead from the front.  (3) Sexual Assault impacts operational readiness, mission success, unit cohesion, our shipmates and their families.  Lastly, (4) Sexual Assault Awareness Month is April, help us raise the visibility of this issue and help us stop Sexual Assault.

The Coast Guard will continue to raise awareness of this issue.  The Coast Guard's devotion is paramount, we need to ensure victims of sexual assault are protected, treated with dignity and respect, and provided appropriate ongoing support. Additionally, the Coast Guard is dedicated to ensuring that persons who commit such crimes are held accountable.  "If you see something, say something!"

The Coast Guard Chief'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 April 2013

Sector St. Petersburg

Sector St. Petersburg 
Congratulations to Sector St. Petersburg, 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 leadership from the local prospective chapter for the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO), with support from the Sector St. Petersburg Leadership Diversity Advisory Council (LDAC), hosted our very own MLK Day of Service Project at the St. Petersburg's Salvation Army Sallie House.  On this day we provided the children with clowns for entertainment, pizza, chocolate milk, juice, water, cotton candy, snow cones, and popcorn. We also brought along multiple outdoor games and observed the children playing in a bounce house that was there for the day.  All volunteers were engaged interacting with the children providing them with a positive role model, and making this a memorable experience for them.  The MLK Day of Service is part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative.

The prospective ANSO chapter President (LTJG Carlos M. Ortega-Perez) registered our volunteer project with the St. Petersburg College (SPC) MLK Day of Service program and was awarded a $1500.00 grant to fund the expenses for the event.  This allowed us to purchase the entertainment, food and drinks, along with providing first necessity and educational donations to the St. Petersburg's Salvation Army Sallie House for children.

The St. Petersburg's Salvation Army Sallie House is a safe haven for children, infant to eleven years of age, who have been removed from their home because of abuse, neglect, or even abandonment. Children may stay there as long as needed (for a few hours or several months) until they can be safely reunited with parents, placed with relatives, taken into a foster home, or adopted by a loving family.

Participants; Ortega-Perez, Carlos LTJG; Rios, Byron LT, Harrison, Eric ME2; Bolen, Celina IS3; Bolen, Celina IS3; Peterson, Jennifer M LTJG; Figueredo, Joshua SK1; Eversole, Sean MST2; Williams, Joshua LT; Tilton, Blake YN2; Thomas, Wilfred MSSE3; Rivera, Angel MK1; Ortega-Perez, Carlos LTJG; Gameng, Ernie LCDR; Ramirez, Edwin AVI2; Perez bas, Maria FN; Kneen, Crystalynn PA1; Molle, PA3; Wood, Chassette, SK2 and Hankins, Ameer, SK2.

Sector St. Petersburg'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!

29 March 2013

Base Miami Beach - MWR

 
Congratulations to Base Miami Beach - MWR, 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.

As a first for the Coast Guard Morale, Well-Being, and Recreation program, Lisa “Liz” Jarashow, a hearing impaired recreation major from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC, recently completed a highly successful MWR internship with the Coast Guard at its Base Miami Beach MWR operation. Gallaudet University is a world renowned leader in liberal education and career development for deaf and hard of hearing students.

An adventuresome individual and one with a dream of eventually working in recreation management on a cruise ship, Jarashow contacted Bob Davis, MWR Internship Coordinator at the Coast Guard Community Services Command. Through an interpreter, Davis was able to explain the application process for the Coast Guard internship program. Within weeks, Davis, working with Casey Malloy, MWR Director at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, was able to place Jarashow as an intern in the command’s MWR program. Malloy worked closely with Jarashow before her arrival ensuring that he could meet her communication needs. Fortunately, Malloy had some proficiency in sign language and another college intern at Base Miami during the same period, Lauren Caminiti from Temple University had experience in sign language, making Jarashow’s internship that much easier!

Since 2002 when the Coast Guard MWR internship started, Davis has placed 152 interns in Coast Guard MWR programs around the Service. The Coast Guard maintains affiliation agreements with over 50 colleges and universities to place MWR interns.

Base Miami Beach - MWR'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!

22 March 2013

CGWORLD

CGWORLD
Congratulations to CGWORLD, 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 Women's Organization for Recognition, Leadership, and Development's (CGWORLD) mission is to provide professional and personal development through networking, mentorship, and community service, with a specific focus on the issues interesting and affecting women working for the United States Coast Guard.  LT Tina Owen created the concept of CGWORLD and YN1 Loman Weatherford, GM1 Sara Pritchett, Ms. Melissa Nelson, Ms. Trina Anderson, PERS3 Anne Ladd, PERS2 Sarah Linayao, INF2 Allyson Conroy, LT Norma Smihal, LT Geri van De Krol, LCDR Kristine Neeley and LCDR Kelly Coughlin formally founded and organized CGWORLD for Coast Guard women and men in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since CGWORLD's formation in September 2011, the group has made its mark in the Bay Area through local outreach including participating in several leadership, team-building and volunteer events such as: Participating in Girls on the Run, organizing a cancer awareness working lunch which highlighted personal stories from two shipmates who survived cancer, sponsoring an on-base pink fun run and walk, arranging a mentorship luncheon led by RDML (s) June Ryan, and managing community service at a local women's shelter.  CGWORLD is now busy planning for an upcoming one-day Bay Area leadership symposium titled “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”  The symposium will be held on 27 March 2013 on Coast Guard Island and will include mentoring break-out sessions and will feature the keynote speaker Ms. Lindsey Sin who serves as the Deputy Secretary for Women Veterans Affairs at the California Department of Veterans Affairs.

The outreach conducted by CGWORLD directly supports the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan.  In today's austere budget climate, CGWORLD is an outstanding example of an affinity group thinking globally and acting locally.

CGWORLD'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 March 2013

SK2 Amanda Distasio

SK2 Distasio
  Congratulations to the SK2 Amanda Distasio, 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.

  SK2 Distasio is responsible for the Women in District 13 workshop held in Astoria, OR. Benefiting from mentoring herself, SK2 Distasio created the idea of gathering women stationed near Sector Columbia River for a chance to discuss issues and meet senior women. This initiative developed into a workshop aimed at women throughout District 13 and brought in notable Coast Guard personnel such as RADM Keith Taylor, CAPT June Ryan, MKC Tina Claflin, the Coast Guard’s Women’s Afloat Coordinator, Silver Lifesaving Medal recipient BMC Beth Slade, the first active duty  female Chief Damage Controlman DCC Mary Cunningham, CAPT June Ryan, and RADM Keith Taylor.

  Invitations went out to both men and women from over 40 units within the district, and all workshop guests discussed professional concerns including advancements and sea duty assignments, and more personal issues such as family and the occasional isolation of being the only female at a unit. By all accounts, the workshop was a runaway success that many Coast Guard members will not forget, and would like to repeat.

  SK2 Distasio'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 2013

LT Jessica Davila

  Congratulations to the LT Jessica Davila, 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 Jessica Davila acted as a team coach during the 37th Annual Society of Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES) Symposium. The event which drew in several Flag and General Officers across all services hosted over 500 Latino young men and women. Among the scheduled activities were leadership workshops, speed mentoring opportunities, Lean Six Sigma training, and a Student Decathlon, which pitted teams of five students against each other in a grueling 3-day competition of 10 different academic events.)

  The events, which included a 30-second elevator speech, research poster, and industry commercial, to name a few, forced the students to multi-task, meet strict deadlines and showcase their interpersonal and communications skills. Led by LT Jessica Davila (pictured above), her Coast Guard team performed admirably and set the pace for the cohort of Navy and Marine coached teams competing for the coveted championship trophy. In the end, LT Davila proved to have the superior team and ran away with the competition. Of course it was her expert tutelage and exceptional mentorship that inspired the students and paved the way to victory. “These kids are incredibly smart,” said LT Davila, “Their drive and determination to positively represent themselves and their institution truly served as an inspiration to me.”

  LT Davila'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!

7 February 2013

MST2 Andrew Garcia

  Congratulations to the MST2 Andrew Garcia, 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.

  As a junior petty officer at the unit, MST2 Garcia serves as Marine Safety Unit Texas City’s Assistant Partnership in Education Coordinator.  He spearheads the unit’s Partnership In Education outreach program at Kohfeldt Elementary School in Texas City.  Members of the unit are able to provide weekly mentorship to students through numerous learning activities including group exercises and one-on-one tutoring.  As an example of his passion for this program, MST2 Garcia recently performed his reenlistment ceremony at the elementary being assisted by the students he personally tutors! (pictured)

  In addition to the partnership with Kohfeldt Elementary, MST2 Garcia has worked further to increase community outreach at the unit by coordinating a partnership with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program.  This initiative will give MSU Texas City’s personnel additional volunteering opportunities to reach students from diverse backgrounds and cultures and promote a positive image of the Coast Guard within the local community.

  MST2 Garcia’s efforts provide an invaluable service to the citizens of Galveston County and have brought immense credit to the United States Coast Guard.  His actions are evidence of his commitment to the Coast Guard's Core Values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty and the Commandant’s Diversity Strategic Plan.

  MST2 Garcia'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!

7 January 2013

Mr. Joseph Ruybe

  Congratulations to the Mr. Joseph Ruybe, 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. Ruybe, a member of the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, is recognized for his exemplary leadership, advocacy, and organization of multiple diversity-themed events while serving at the Coast Guard Finance Center. During November 2012, serving as the Finance Center’s special emphasis coordinator for the American Indian/Alaska Native Employment Program (AIAN), Mr. Ruybe coordinated several National American Indian Heritage Month observances at Coast Guard Atlantic Area, Coast Guard Finance Center, Tidewater Community College, and in support of the Boy Scouts of America. The multifaceted events included a presentation by Ms. Edith “White Feather” Custalow Kuhns, a member of Virginia’s oldest Native American tribe, the Mattaponi Indian Tribe. Ms. Kuhns, a direct descendent of Chief Powhatan and Pocahontas, shared her insightful experiences and conveyed the importance and value in diversity, education, and the preservation of America’s past with over 350 participants during the events.

  Mr. Ruybe initiated each event with a tribal “smudging” ceremony used for centuries to create harmony and peace. During the event at Coast Guard Atlantic Area, Mr. Ruybe performed a traditional Native American honor song and RADM Cook, Deputy Commander, Atlantic Area, performed in the ceremony to honor all current and past members of the Armed Forces. Through the participation of over 20 Finance Center and Security Center volunteers, Mr. Ruybe led the effort to display Native American artifacts and exhibits and prepare several traditional tribal meals for sampling.

  Mr. Ruybe'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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