National Hispanic Heritage Month: YN2 Cristina Lamboy

YN2 Lamboy

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 September 29 through October 3.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Cristina Lamboy, Yeoman, Base Kodiak C4IT, Juneau detachment

Lamboy was born in Hialeah, Fla., and grew up in a military family all over the country. She is of Puerto Rican and Cuban descent, and has a 9-year-old son.

Lamboy is an independent-duty yeoman at Coast Guard Base Kodiak’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology detachment in Juneau. She joined the Coast Guard Reserve in 2007, and was stationed at Port Security Unit 305 in Fort Eustis, Va. She spent a 6-month deployment in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, before transferring to a Coast Guard housing office in Novato, Calif. She then transitioned to active duty and moved to Juneau, where she is now on her third consecutive tour.

Why did you choose to serve in the Coast Guard?

I joined the Coast Guard because it’s always something I’ve been interested in. My grandfather was in the Cuban Coast Guard in the ‘50s, and he actually passed away in the ‘60s in a case where the Coast Guard went to look for him. He went fishing with some of his friends off the coast of the Florida Keys and never returned. The Coast Guard was looking for him for about a week before they ended the search. That happened when my mom was five, and she would always tell us the stories when we were growing up.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your career?

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.

How has being a part of a sea-going service impacted your life?

Serving in the Coast Guard has made me more well-rounded and able to deal with different scenarios. I grew up as a military child, so moving around a lot is nothing new.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the positive influences and traditions that Hispanic Americans have enriched our nation with. What does it mean to you to celebrate this month in the Coast Guard?

I think it’s important to have a representation of every ethnic group for celebrating. Cultural diversity is what makes improvement in an organization as big as the Coast Guard. Historically the Hispanic community has been serving in the military throughout all of the wars and conflicts with a valuable contribution, serving this nation with pride regardless of where they were born. It’s for the love and devotion to this Country.

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