A group photo of attendees at the 2017 Juneau Area Women’s Leadership Symposium.

2017 Juneau Area Women’s Leadership Symposium

In honor of Women’s History Month and the many contributions of women throughout American history, the Juneau area Coast Guard held its 2017 Women in Leadership Symposium. The symposium, attended by both men and women, provided an opportunity for Coast Guard members to discuss family life and military life, as well as network.


Lt. Chelsea Kalil poses for a photo in front of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

Women’s History Month: Ignoring limits

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot Lt. Chelsea Kalil is one of the 15 percent of active duty women in the Coast Guard. Kalil describes what it takes to be a strong leader in the Coast Guard and the woman she admires for pushing the limits and forging a path for women in the Coast Guard.


"Coast Guard Mary" Lekanoff and the crew of Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor, Alaska, gather during one of Lekanoff's many visits to the unit Feb. 17, 2015.  Lekanoff has provided support and warm meals for Coast Guard members in Dutch Harbor since 1973.  U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by MSD Dutch Harbor.

Women’s History Month: “Coast Guard Mary” offers warm food, heart to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Coast Guard

Near the top of the world and 600 miles from any major shipping ports, is the Alaskan town of Unalaska, home to U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor. The seven-man crew of MSD Dutch Harbor is responsible forregulatoryoversightandenforcementofvessel,facilityandwaterwayfederallawsandregulations andmanagessafetyenforcementforthelargestfishingportintheUnitedStates, but they couldn’t do it without a little support. Fortunately for them, they have “Coast Guard Mary.”


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Women’s History Month: Tomorrow’s Leaders

Included in the five women at Station Juneau are Petty Officer 3rd Class Lacey Miller, a boatswain’s mate, and Fireman Rachel Larson, a member of the engineering department. Both are relatively new members to the service, yet their experience is already shaping who they will become as professionals, and how they can become future leaders of the Coast Guard.


Chief Petty Officer Fabiola Germeille poses for a photo in her officer at Base Kodiak, Alaska, March 9, 2015. Germeille is the assistant service personnel office chief at Base Kodiak and leads 12 petty officers 1,350 records for 29 Coast Guard units. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

Women’s History Month: YNC Fabiola Germeille

Chief Petty Officer Fabiola Germeille celebrates National Women’s History Month by sharing her leadership inspiration and the characteristics it takes to be a successful woman in the military.


Latarsha McQueen

Women’s History Month: Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives

For Latarsha McQueen, celebrating National Women’s History Month is about acceptance and recognition. She enlisted 18 years ago, currently works for Coast Guard Sector Juneau and is a reservist for the Coast Guard 17th District. In that short time she […]


Lt. Jeanine Menze, an HC-130 Hercules airplane pilot, takes a moment for a photo at Air Station Kodiak in Kodiak, Alaska, Jan. 25, 2013. Menze is recognized as the first black female pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Breaking barriers and becoming the change for women in Coast Guard aviation

March is women’s history month – it’s a month to commemorate women of character who have made an impact on our society; women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton for her role in women’s rights and abolition, or aviation pioneers like Amelia […]


Coast Guard Lt. Eva McElroy, a marine inspector for Sector Anchorage, Alaska, tests the alarm and communications systems aboard the cargo vessel Crimson Monarch with Preed Mohensingh, second officer aboard the vessel, during an examination in Seward March 5, 2014. Coast Guard marine inspectors work with crews to ensure safety equipment and procedures run smoothly in order to prevent accidents. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Preventing loss, providing inspiration

  Aboard a cargo vessel bound for Chile in the port of Seward, Alaska, a Coast Guard vessel examination team conducts a routine evaluation of the ship’s safety and required documentation. It’s an important mission that protects lives and property […]