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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Petty Officer 2nd Class Cassandra Kintzley

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Cassandra Kintzley, a gunner’s mate at Coast Guard Sector Boston, works at the Fort Devens firing range, in Massachusetts, Sept. 20, 2017, to qualify Coast Guard members in weapons handling. Kintzley, a highly skilled shooter, trains Coast Guard men and women who enforce maritime laws, and protect Northeast ports and waterways. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham.

With a sharp eye and soft hand, Petty Officer 2nd Class Cassandra Kintzley trains Coast Guard men and women who enforce maritime laws, and protect Northeast ports and waterways. Her delicate instructing style helps ease newcomers’ nerves on the range. Her goal is not only teaching people to shoot, but to instill necessary confidence when using a weapon.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: GM1 Charlie Petrotto

Photo illustration of GM1 Charlie Petrotto by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin and Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Foguth.

As the armory supervisor at the Coast Guard Academy and a competitive shooter, Petty Officer 1st Class Charlie Petrotto has been able to follow his passion for competitive shooting by working with the cadets on the shooting teams and hone his own skills as a marksman. Petrotto’s personal commitment, marksmanship and experience has brought in a fresh perspective to competitive shooting at the Academy.

#CG227: Advancing equality in the weapons specialty

During a ceremony in late June, Chief Petty Officer Crystal Martens became the first female gunner’s mate to be promoted to chief warrant officer (WEPS) in the weapons specialty.

The gunner’s mate rate is one of the oldest in the Coast Guard however it didn’t see it’s first female chief petty officer until 2011 and the first female senior chief wasn’t advanced until 2014. Martens’s recent accomplishment highlights the strides women continue to make while serving in the armed forces.

In the Zone: Unity of Effort

Unity of Effort

Stepping aboard an unfamiliar ship for the first time can be overwhelming. But, a ship is a ship, and sailors are sailors, used to quickly adapting regardless of the vessel. On January 20, 2015, three khaki-clad Mexican Naval officers came on board the 418-foot Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, arguably the most advanced and mission capable cutter in the fleet, and were quickly made to feel at home.

Shipmate of the Week – GMC Kristin Werner

Chief Werner

March is Women’s History Month. In honor of the many contributions women have made to the history of our service, we bring you the stories of the female leaders of today’s Coast Guard. This week, we are highlighting the contributions of Capt. Patricia McFetridge, the first female aviator to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross,

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