Closing out Women’s History Month, the Fifth Annual Bay Area Women’s Leadership Symposium brought together presenters and participates from a diversity of experience, background, and specialties.
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There is an exclusive club within the U.S. Coast Guard and Capt. Carola List belongs in it. She’s earned her place as one of only five female captains to hold a command position. List is an accomplished aviator, leader, and pioneer for women everywhere. Her legacy of selfless devotion to her country, her service, and her crew, make her a strong and respected role model for anyone.
Over the course of its nearly 230-year history, women have played a major role in the United States Coast Guard and its predecessor services. Coast Guard women have helped shape the service and pioneered the role of their gender in the federal government and the nation as a whole.
Like a true Coast Guardsman, all Vivien Crea wanted was a fair shake. Throughout her career, Crea earned the respect not only of women in the Coast Guard, but all service members who came to know her. She was a humble member of the long blue line who led the way for women int he Coast Guard and America’s armed services.
Moore is officially credited with saving 21 lives while keeping the light on Fayerweather Island. “I wish it had been double that number,” said Moore about her rescues.
Since the late 1940s women have been serving and defending our nation with great pride, honor and valor. Ida Lewis, keeper of the Lime Rock Light, was credited with saving 18 lives, though it may have been as high as 36. Army Spc. Monica Lin Brown, a healthcare specialist, became the first female during the war in Afghanistan and only the second female since World War II to receive the Silver Star Medal, the United States’ third-highest medal for valor.
Family history can determine many things, and for Chief Petty Officer Tina Claflin, it wasn’t much of a surprise it guided her career path.
2013 marked an unprecedented year in Coast Guard aviation with four of its 28 aviation units commanded by women. Prior to these assignments, the service had, at most, only one female aviator in command at a time. The first was retired Vice Adm. Vivien Crea who assumed command of Air Station Detroit in 1992. Following the trail blazed by Crea, the women who fill these roles today are as diverse as the aircraft they fly and the missions their units execute every day.
“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.”