Three national observances are recognized during the month of November: National Military Family Month, National Adoption Month, and Native American Heritage Month. Additionally, it is the start of the holiday season with Thanksgiving recognized toward the end of the month. In recognition of these observances and the upcoming holiday, we are dedicating November to our families during “Coast Guard Family Month.”
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From Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven W. Cantrell and Ombudsman-at-Large Janet Cantrell
It takes a great deal of support to keep a military branch running at the highest level possible. The Coast Guard’s world class active-duty workforce isn’t alone. A whole Coast Guard family of civilian employees, auxiliarists and reservists help support the mission every day.
Beyond the Coast Guard workforce, however, there is a much larger family — wives, husbands, sons, daughters, parents, siblings, friends — who rally and empower with their infinite support.
They’re the ones who are asked again and again to pack up and relocate to the next duty station, start a new school or a new job, and settle into a new home. They’re the ones who are left unpacking boxes while their loved one is getting qualified at his or her new unit. They make new friends all over again and learn their way around a new town, all in the name of supporting the mission. They are the Coast Guard family, and they are strength.
“Life in the military brings many unique challenges, and we’re thankful to our loved ones for being with us on the journey,” said Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven W. Cantrell. “Their sacrifices and support make it possible for us to do what we do.”
Ombudsman-At-Large Janet Cantrell urges Coast Guard families to become familiar with services available.
“We all face challenges and obstacles, but through our programs such as those found within our Work-Life entity, we look to help our families meet and overcome those challenges,” said Mrs. Cantrell.
Those Work-Life services that assist in overcoming family challenges can be found by visiting the Work-Life Programs webpage. Additionally, the CG SUPRT Program provides a wide variety of services to assist Coast Guard personnel and their families.
Throughout the upcoming holiday season, take time to be thankful, and celebrate your fellow military families by showing your gratitude and appreciation for all they do to support the Coast Guard.