This week’s General Messages Weekly Round-up announces the next Uniform Board convening and a solicitation for the Ombudsman of the Year award, as well as provides important information regarding Blended Retirement System (BRS) Mandatory Training. Read the full post to find out more!
Thanksgiving; the time of year when stretchy pants make the best dinner pants! Next week at this time, food will be on everyone’s minds and plates! Not sure of your own cooking abilities for this year’s feast? Well never fear, Coast Guard food service specialists share some tips for feeding a large crowd! And if you haven’t planned your own menu yet, make sure to check out the recipes included in this post if you want to take your culinary skills to the next level.
The newest episode of the Coast Guard Paratus Report is now live! This month is dedicated to Coast Guard families. Ombudsman-at-Large, Mrs. Janet Cantrell, discusses the importance of the ombudsman program and other resources available to help support our Coast Guard families. There are numerous benefits and programs available to our Coast Guard families, like the Adoption Reimbursement Program, Spouse Employment Program, Child Care Program, and Special Needs Program, just to name a few. You will also learn how to make a delicious dessert for your Thanksgiving meal – it’s all on this episode of the Paratus Report!
Happy Ombudsman Appreciation Day! I want to thank each of you for your commitment to helping our Coast Guard members and their families and for being the bridge between the command and the families. You do this with enthusiasm and perseverance despite the obstacles you may encounter along the way. Thank you for your valuable time that you freely give despite the many commitments in your lives. You help to make Coast Guard life just a bit easier for all
As the Coast Guard celebrates 30 years of the Ombudsman Program, From the Homefront takes a look at the recipient of the 2015 Wanda Allen-Yearout Ombudsman of the Year, and several other ombudsmen who serve our families across the Nation.
It all started with a determined Coast Guard spouse, people within the Coast Guard who listened, some help from the U.S. Navy, and willing volunteers. Thirty years later, we are celebrating how far the Coast Guard’s ombudsman program has advanced.
October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month — observed every year to raise awareness, promote the resources that are available, renew our commitment to building healthy relationships, and promote offender accountability.
Coast Guard ombudsmen serve as a valuable link between commands and families, helping commanding officers/officers-in-charge better understand the welfare of the families of their members, while at the same time helping families prepare for emergencies and cope with the challenges of a military lifestyle – duty, deployments, transfers, etc.
Cantrell, wife of Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steve Cantrell, is using her past to guide her present. Her experiences as a Coast Guard spouse for almost 28 years serve as a constant reminder of how she wants to help military spouses today.
Nothing gives me greater joy than recognizing the hard work and accomplishments of the men and women who make up our Coast Guard workforce. I recently had the honor of watching one such group in action – The Guardian Spouses at Training Center Cape May, New Jersey.