Tag: force readiness command

Supplying a bright future for the service

Rear Adm. Keith Smith, commander of Force Readiness Command, signs the Memorandum of Agreement alongside Dr. JoAnn W. Haysbert, Chancellor and Provost at Hampton University, Jan. 30, 2018. This MOA means another year of partnership between the Coast Guard and Hampton University through the Coast Guard College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative program. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Kelli Dougherty.

How can the Coast Guard recruit and maintain a proficient, self-motivated and adaptable workforce in today’s world? It is simple: we build a diverse workforce. The Coast Guard signed a memorandum with Hampton University, home to the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) Scholarship Program. Students who are accepted into the CSPI program are enlisted in the Coast Guard and receive full funding for two years of college.

Paratus Report: April 2017, Episode 1

Here is the newest edition of the Paratus Report! This episode covers the Coast Guard’s reduction of general mandated training courses, a new bystander intervention training, and highlights from the Annual State of the Coast Guard!

Meeting the needs of the Service

“We will attract access, develop, and retain a respectful, diverse, and inclusive workforce that reflects the richness of our society.” – Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft Living up to that standard, the Force Readiness Command established a partnership with Hampton University in Hampton, Va. Hampton University is a historically black college and university with a reputation for graduating talented men and women with bright futures.

Coast Guard National Search and Rescue School celebrates 50th anniversary

On October 10, 1966, the Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force joined forces to open the National Search and Rescue School in Yorktown, Virginia, to provide training in oceanic, coastal and inland search planning procedures. The school, which has delivered training to 30,000 people, including more than 2,400 international students from 150 nations, recently celebrated 50 years of Service to Nation.

Shape the future: CWO Craig Kerby

It’s very rewarding when I get that follow-on phone call or discussion after class, and I can provide service to the students by answering a question or helping them out. It’s great to know that the students trust me to be there for them all the time, not just during class.

Shape the future: MST1 Jeromy Sherrill

To be honest, it was not part of my master plan! But after steady practice I began to get the hang of it. I have become much more comfortable instructing and with all the required travel. Now, two years into my instructor billet, I’m really happy with the job.

Shoulder to shoulder: Balikatan 2014

Balikatan, Tagalog for “Shoulder to Shoulder”, is an annual U.S.-Filipino bilateral military exercise that includes joint field training as well as humanitarian and civic assistance events. Balikatan, held annually for 30 years, aims to improve the capacity of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and strengthen Filipino-U.S. interoperability. With the recent affirmation of the “ironclad” alliance between the United States and the Philippines, U.S. Coast Guard training officers, led by Lt. Andrea Rice, recently completed a training mission alongside their Philippine Navy counterparts in Balikatan 2014.