One of the newest crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Munro, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Kodiak, Alaska, is food specialist Austin Reed. A recent graduate of the Coast Guard’s food service specialist “A” school, Reed is just finding out what it’s like to be part of a team aboard a Coast Guard cutter.
During my husbands career I have learned to be very supportive about his decisions on where he wants to go in the Coast Guard. Even though it’s very difficult to move around, get a new job, and make new friends every couple years, it’s been an amazing experience.
Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and city of Unalaska personnel participated in Aleutians PREP Exercise 2014 in Unalaska, Alaska, Sept. 24-25, 2014. Aleutians PREP Exercise 2014 is a full-scale, government-led, multi-agency exercise designed to evaluate the capabilities of federal, state and local responders.
I look at the contributions that have been made by Hispanics throughout the years and I’m proud to be part of an organization that celebrates our differences in culture and history.
Being part of the Coast Guard gives me a sense of pride and self accomplishment because not everyone gets the privilege to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard, especially for me because of where I come from. My background being in this organization has exceeded the expectations of my family and friends back home.
When you get to put your feet down in a faraway place, it helps you understand and celebrate diversity. By serving in the Navy and the Coast Guard I’ve had unique opportunities to expand my world views.
The Coast Guard has taught me the importance of multi-tasking and being able to adapt to change. There has been a lot of difference between the different jobs that I have worked, and adaptation has always been part of it. I’ve learned how to adapt from my personal experiences, and also from the people who work around me.
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, five members of Coast Guard 17th District will be featured Sept. 29 through Oct. 3.
National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30th, is a national day of action, where schools, places of employment, faith-based and community organizations, colleges and universities are encouraged to focus on specific disasters to their region and increase preparedness for each individual.
As enforcers of America’s maritime laws, Coast Guard boarding teams are typically associated with images of drug and migrant interdiction, monitoring fisheries and boating safety. However, as defenders of U.S. ports and harbors, Coast Guard members must also be prepared to respond to more dire threats to the nation’s security.