Four photos, all in a square showing various aspects of women in the service and their contributions. At the bottom of the four photos is the text "The Long Blue Line"
231201-G-M0101-1001.JPG Photo By: CWO-2 Kelly Parker

Dec 1, 2023
NA - On Dec. 7, 1973, in a ceremony at Coast Guard Reserve Training Center, Yorktown, Virginia, two women became part of Coast Guard history. These two women were among the first of three to be sworn-in to the regular Coast Guard under a new law signed by President Richard Nixon on Dec. 6, 1973. (Courtesy USCG Historian’s Office) On Dec. 7, 1973, fourteenth Coast Guard commandant, Admiral Chester R. Bender, administered the oath of service to CWO Alice Jefferson, making her the first female officer of the regular Coast Guard. (Courtesy of the Coast Guard Academy collections) Photograph from the Coast Guard cutter Unimak on the first historic training cruise to include women. The photo’s caption reads: “Boston -- COMING INTO PORT aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Unimak are five women officer candidates training for the first time alongside their male counterparts. The stopover in Boston is part of a two-week training cruise designed to give students of the Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Virginia, at taste of life at sea. Shown are Officer Candidates (from left to right) Lynn W. Smith, Sue E. Jennings, Bonnijill McGhee, Sheila E. Denison and Margaret R. Riley.” (Courtesy USCG Historian’s Office) On March 22, 1974, Diane Ehrig led Sierra 89, the first company of women ever enlisted as regulars in the U.S. Coast Guard, past the reviewing stand during their graduation ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey. (Courtesy USCG Historian’s Office)


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