Sharing the Coast Guard story is a critical element of mission success. Ensuring the American public understands and supports our missions translates to safer boaters on our waters, members of the community willing to report suspicious activity and sharing important safety messages with their neighbors via social media.
Each year the U.S. Coast Guard, Office of Public Affairs recognizes those members and units that have made great contributions to the public affairs program.
The Haley Award named for the renowned author of Roots and first Coast Guard Chief Journalist Alex Haley, which recognizes achievements of individual authors and photographers whose published works have helped raise service visibility in the media with the American public.
Have you done this? Individual Coast Guard members are highly encouraged to submit an application to be considered for the 2014 Chief Journalist Alex Haley Award. Deadline to apply is no later than Feb 20, 2015.
Additionally, is your unit committed to sharing the Coast Guard’s story? Has your unit commanding officer made public affairs a priority in supporting mission success? Have you built strong relationships with local media to help get operational successes on the nightly news? Do you successfully use Facebook to keep those in your area of responsibility informed ahead of a storm? If so, submit an application for the 2014 Commander Jim Simpson Public Affairs Award.
The Simpson Award is named in honor of the first press assistant to the Commandant and recognizes excellence in an all-encompassing unit public affairs program. If you think your unit deserves recognition, you should check out the submission criteria and get your application in no later than Feb 20, 2015.
We’ll be sure to feature the winner here on Coast Guard All Hands in the coming months!