Once a month, the Compass will feature “Dear Coast Guard Family,” a column for Coast Guard families written by Coast Guard spouse, Rachel Conley. Rachel is married to her high school sweetheart, Chief Warrant Officer James Conley, and is the mother of three children. Rachel passionately serves as a Coast Guard Ombudsman and advocate of
Time – it’s a funny thing, isn’t it? Sometimes passing too quickly. Sometimes too slowly. And, it never feels more evident than when you’re facing or experiencing time away from the one that you love.
Every Coast Guard ombudsman has a list of favored resources and services that are as distinct as the families they serve. Families’ needs, whether on cutters, at stations or “geobaching,” are diverse and ombudsmen are prepared to respond. This week, I asked them to open their toolboxes and share the resources they find most useful for Coastie families.
I’ve always believed that the best way to retain information is to learn, do, then teach!
I spend a lot of time explaining Coast Guard life to other people – not just here, but everywhere: to my neighbors, at the gym, at the grocery store, at kids’ birthday parties. I know I am not alone. Every Coastie I know has a set list of responses for the questions we get. We love that people want to understand us. So this week I crowd-sourced the question and asked people to tell me what they wish people knew about Coast Guard life. I sent out a survey over social media, and asked everyone to weigh in to come up with the following top 10 list.
Lt. Cmdr. Sean Plankey, currently deployed with Expeditionary Cyber Support Element under U.S. Forces Afghanistan, talks about his experiences keeping fit in a joint operating environment and accepting the challenge to participate in the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test.
Currently, members of the U.S. Armed Forces can use TSA Pre✓™ lanes at 10 domestic airports by presenting their Common Access Card. Starting December 20th, these individuals will be able to enjoy the benefits of the program at the 100 participating airports across the country, allowing them to keep their footwear on as well as light outerwear, laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry on in select screening lanes.
So, you remember on the first day of my column, when I said I would not sugar coat things? Well, today is the day. Just before I left, I reached out for some input from fellow Coastie families through social media. I asked for the answer to one question: What is the most pressing issue facing Coast Guard families today? In a matter of days, 50 people responded. I’m going to tell you what I learned.
The Department of Defense launched a new website ealier today aimed at helping active duty, reserve and veteran military parents communicate with their children. MilitaryParenting.org is a free, online course providing a “boot camp” approach to the basics of parenting.
Twice a month, Coast Guard All Hands will feature “From the Homefront,” a column for Coast Guard spouses by Coast Guard spouse Shelley Kimball. Shelley has been married to Capt. Joe Kimball, commanding officer of Air Station Miami, for nearly 13 years and currently serves as chapter director for Blue Star Families in Miami, Fla.