Author: LT Sarah Janaro

Hurricane season is here – make a plan now for your family!

The 2017 Hurricane Season starts June 1, 2017. As Coast Guard personnel, we all have a responsibility to lead by example. Are you prepared? Does your family know what to do? Coast Guard men and women confident their loved ones and their property are safe and secure are better prepared to perform their missions when disaster strikes. Make sure you have a plan in place for when you are not able to be home.

Motorcycle Safety: Share the road this Memorial Day and every day!

As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle. You may not be aware, but the number one cause of fatalities for Coast Guard personnel is motor vehicle and motorcycle mishaps. As we approach the kick-off to summer, motorcycle safety is something to take a moment to reflect upon – even if you don’t ride a motorcycle! Leaders at all levels have a professional and personal responsibility to promote motorcycle safety. Equally important, it is the responsibility of every individual to practice safe behaviors as part of personal risk management when operating a motorcycle. Together we can reduce motorcycle mishaps and safely share the road!

Inspire: Keep learning leadership

To maintain the enthusiasm leading up to the release of the Inspirational Leadership Award Winners and to continue the leadership dialogue, Mr. Charlie Coiro, an instructor and assistant department head at the Coast Guard Leadership Development Center, shares what inspires him to be a great leader. Mr. Coiro has been instructing Coast Guard members and civilians for decades on leadership and brings fresh recommendations that you can add to your learning library.

Take Action: Earth Day and Volunteer Month: The perfect opportunity to help our planet

April 22 is Earth Day and since this month is also Volunteer Month, it is a perfect opportunity to highlight ways to help our planet. It’s a chance to think about how our actions impact our environment. Volunteering on Earth Day is a great thing to do — you can join efforts to plant trees or pick up trash in your community. Aside from volunteering for an organized event, there are actions you can take on a daily basis to do your part in protecting our planet. Check out the blog to learn more!

From the Homefront: 2017 Coast Guard Military Child of the Year

A word often-used to describe military kids is resilience. One Coast Guard kid has brought new meaning to the word, and even received a national award in recognition for her enduring spirit in the face of adversity. Mary Kate Cooper, 17, is that kid, well, teen! Read the full blog to hear about her story. Congratulations to Mary on her selection as not only Operation Homefront’s Coast Guard Military Child of the Year, but the overall winner out of all five military service branches! Great job representing Team Coast Guard!

Month of the Military Child: Memories from two Coast Guard kids

Every year in April, we commemorate the Month of the Military Child, recognizing military children whose resilience, commitment and sacrifices help make their parents’ service to our nation possible. Let us not only honor the current generation of military children, but let’s honor them all. What follows is a blog post written by the daughter of the late Chief Warrant Officer Frederick Mann, a WWII veteran and Silver Star recipient for his heroic actions at Guadalcanal.

Take Action: Financial Literacy Month – Important lifetime decisions

Hopefully by now everyone is aware that BRS stands for ‘blended retirement system.’ And hopefully, many of you actually know that is the new modernized retirement system for the Coast Guard. But even with all of the information about BRS at your fingertips, maybe you haven’t given it the full attention it needs! Well, this month is the perfect month to devote some time to really learning about and truly understanding BRS. It is an important lifetime decision!

Paratus Report: April 2017, Episode 2

Here is the newest edition of the Paratus Report! This episode covers the Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team and the 2016 Chief Journalist Alex Haley Award winners. You don’t want to miss it!

Pay and Personnel Center: The top 10 things you should know about bonuses

Pay and Personnel Center’s next “Top 10 Tuesday” is coming up Apr. 18, 2017. The topic this month is all about bonuses! This is not just for yeoman! This month’s webinar will provide attendees in-depth insight into bonuses and the bonus process. Anyone who may be eligible for a bonus or anyone who may be involved in processing bonuses should attend this webinar. Mark your calendars, bring your questions and remember to tell everyone you know!

From the Homefront: Month of the Military Child – How to prepare kids for a move

If there is one constant in a military child’s life, it is change. And life changes are often most dramatic during moves. The average military kid will move six to nine times during their schooling, meaning upheaval becomes the norm. In honor of April being the Month of the Military Child, this blog highlights issues pertaining to kids and their parents and we are sharing some creative ways to get kids ready for moves.