In her short time aboard Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, Lt. j.g. Angela-Ruth Johnson, an Oak Harbor, Washington native, has had once in a lifetime experiences in the Indo-Pacific.
Damage controlmen are experts in shipboard emergency systems and procedure. They are professional plumbers, welders, fire fighters and first responders to a host of potential shipboard crisis. DCs call upon a precision skill set and concoct crafty solutions to difficult problems and are disciplined, with the ability to think quickly and outside the box.
When Haoer Zheng enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 2018, she never envisioned that her Mandarin Chinese speaking skills would have international impact.
Douglas Munro is more than a service-wide exam study topic. You see, my dad was a Coast Guard chief back in the 70’s. Back then, with people serving only a few decades after the end of World War II, they were much more connected to that part of our history. But, it seems that that’s something we have largely let go of. Granted, there are some history buffs out there and many leaders who pass along that desire to preserve our heritage. So, that’s my call to action to leaders at all levels: if you aren’t doing so already, talk to your crew, your office or your unit about our service’s heroes. Whether you graduated from boot camp or from the Academy, you learned Munro’s story. I challenge you to build upon that foundation of knowledge.
“To me, it’s more meaningful than just working to earn a paycheck. I think our service still attracts and keeps people that have an underlying level of character. I remain amazed that I can sit in what seems to be a normal meeting, and then learn on break that the person sitting next to me rescued several people’s lives at sea. That sort of work takes discipline, character and courage. I like serving with those types of people.”