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June 20, 2024

Base Honolulu Lei Making Workshop Honors Cultural Traditions

Across the spectrum of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) cultures, traditions vary widely, each offering unique celebrations, customs, and practices. For example, May 1st holds significance worldwide as a day marked by festivals heralding the onset of Spring.  In Hawai’i, this date is observed as Lei Day, an annual

June 20, 2024

Coast Guard Honors AANHPI Heritage and Contributions in May

The Coast Guard celebrated Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month in May to honor the rich cultures and contributions of AANHPI communities to the Nation and military.  Vice Admiral Andrew Tiongson, Pacific Area Commander, served as a guest speaker at the Pentagon’s AANHPI celebration on May 15th. You can

June 20, 2024

The Coast Guard's Progress in Promoting Equal Employment Opportunity in FY23

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Management Directive 715 (MD-715) is a self-assessment to be conducted by federal agencies annually. It also establishes the guidelines for developing and maintaining effective equal employment opportunity (EEO) programs for federal agencies.  In FY23, the Coast Guard’s report showed that the

June 20, 2024

Explore a Civil Rights Special Assignment

As an Equal Opportunity Advisor within the Coast Guard, I play a crucial part in helping unit commanders foster a respectful and inclusive work environment. What’s helpful about this position is that it’s a Special Assignment—no prior civil rights experience is required. All EOA’s receive comprehensive civil rights training that equips us to be

June 20, 2024

Stay Informed: EEOC's Updated Harassment Guidelines

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which enforces rules against workplace harassment and discrimination, has updated its workplace harassment guidelines for the first time in 25 years, reflecting today’s modern workplace. These changes update the rules to protect LGBTQ+ workers and extend protections to remote work settings. The

June 20, 2024

What to Expect During Mediation

The Coast Guard’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process helps resolve Equal Employment Opportunity/Equal Opportunity (EEO/EO) conflicts quickly and efficiently. ADR involves a trained facilitator who helps the disputing parties reach an agreement through methods like mediation. In mediation, this facilitator, or mediator, is a neutral party

May 29, 2024

Bridging Island Spirit with Coast Guard Teamwork

“In the islands, we say, ‘It takes a village.’ In the Coast Guard, we say, ‘It takes a team’ to achieve mission success,” Petty Officer Second Class Vinnesha Blas, remarked.  These two ideals, echoed from island roots to the armed forces, pair in a perfect harmony that fully epitomizes Blas’ dedication to community, service, and teamwork.  Born in

March 7, 2024

Taking Aim at a Dream

In the stillness of an indoor archery range, bows are drawn and eyes are fixed, waiting for one pivotal moment: the release of an arrow. The sharp zing as it sails comes only after the long-drawn inhale of a taut bowstring, poised to find its mark on a target face 18 meters away. The stakes are palpable, as is the power in one competitor’s stance

Jan. 25, 2024

Embark on an Artistic Voyage With the 2024 Student Art Contest

The Annual Student Art Contest is back and now accepting submissions for 2024! Students in grades K-12 across the Americas (North, Central, and South America, and the Caribbean) are invited to embark on this voyage of artistic inspiration and creation. The Coast Guard workforce is encouraged to spread the word about the contest among their eligible

Dec. 27, 2023

A Candid Look at the 50th Anniversary of Women's Integration into the Coast Guard

As the Coast Guard commemorates the 50th anniversary of women’s integration into its ranks this month, hear from a few current Coast Guard women service members who provided a personal voice on the anniversary's significance.Name: CPO Erica PierreJob Title: Enlisted AdvisorUnit: Office of Diversity & Inclusion"To me, the 50th Anniversary of Women’s