Lt. Christine Igisomar takes pride in her Saipan heritage and heavily promotes diversity and equality within the workforce at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach in California. Igisomar was awarded the Federal Asian Pacific American Council Military Meritorious Service Award for her significant contributions toward the advancement of Asian Pacific Americans and for promoting diversity and equal employment opportunity in the federal workforce.
“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.
Women do not only serve afloat in the Coast Guard, but they can also hold the highest positions onboard the cutters. While it is normal for women to serve afloat now, this wasn’t always the case and it is something to continue to celebrate! That’s why Coast Guard Cutter Healy stood an all-female watch (to include 10 women) while underway for its second mission of the summer with a crew of 88 aboard, of which 24% is female. This blog will tell you all about why these women serve and what inspires them while they serve afloat.
From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, today’s top organizations require people who are proficient, self-motivated, and adaptable to changes in an increasingly globalized world. Recruiting and retaining top talent is a foremost challenge for both the public and private sectors and, in order to remain competitive, our all-volunteer military force must adapt as well.
Roy Wilkins was a prominent civil rights activist who dedicated years of service to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Each year, the U.S. Coast Guard and the other military services participate in the NAACP National Award Ceremony that recognizes military and civilian members who have made significant contributions to civil rights and equal opportunity. This year’s Coast Guard recipients of the Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award were Lt. Kimberly Young-McLear and Petty Officer 1st Class Sheldon Williams.
Coast Guard men and women enter our service with diverse backgrounds, experiences and outlooks. All of these things combine to form unique views that each and every Coast Guard man or woman have towards particular issues or problems, or these things could affect how they perform their job each and every day.