At the start of Military Family Month, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft held a live Facebook Q&A. He was joined by his wife, Fran DeNinno-Zukunft, who serves as one of the Coast Guard’s Ombudsmen at Large, to discuss key issues on the minds of Coast Guard members and their families.
Among the many questions that came in, were those centered on maternity leave, housing and PCS transferring. On the topic of maternity, the Commandant wrote about the status of an enhanced maternity leave program.
“I am working with DHS and our senior leaders to implement an enhanced maternity leave program that would be retroactive upon implementation,” the Commandant wrote in a response during the Q&A.
“And I fully realize that our currently maternity leave policy does not meet the needs of our Coast Guard mothers to include follow-on child care,” he added.
Ms. DeNinno-Zukunft also fielded questions from the Coast Guard Family. In addition to her responses, she shared key resources that help Coast Guard members and their loved ones, including a link on spousal employment and a link to the Coast Guard’s official Health, Safety and Work-life app. In the end, she thanked families for their service alongside men and women of the Coast Guard.
“Hearing from all of you has been wonderful and I wish we had more time. We know you all serve alongside your loved ones, sacrificing day in and day out, and for that we thank you,” she wrote. “You all make us so proud to be a part of this great Coast Guard Family!”
The Commandant ended by sharing his thoughts on Duty to People, one of the guiding principles outlined in his Commandant’s Direction.
“When I think of ‘Duty to People,’ I think of our CG men and women who stand the watch across the globe, placing service before self. And I think of their families, as well,” he wrote. “So it is my duty to embrace your concerns and find innovative solutions to the unique needs of our 21st century workforce. After all, we can invest in platforms – and we are having tremendous success in that regard. But if we do not have this same commitment in investing in our workforce, those platforms of the future will remain at the pier, in the boathouse and on the hangar deck. I could not be more pleased with the caliber of our 88,000 members of our active, reserve, civilian and auxiliary work force. Semper Paratus!”
If you missed the Q&A and want to take a look at the questions and answers, head over to the Commandant’s Facebook page. And, stay tuned here at All Hands for more opportunities to engage with senior leaders on social media.