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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Aug. 28, 2020

Celebrating Women in the Coast Guard

By Kara Noto, MyCG Writer

Women’s Equality Day commemorates the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, giving some women the right to vote. Together as a Service, we work toward greater equality and inclusion through policy, plans and leadership, while we also celebrate the trailblazing work of the women who serve our nation and our Coast Guard. 
Lt. Cmdr. Caitlin Mitchell-Wurster, helicopter pilot featured in a video celebrating women who serve, recognizes her experiences – from daily operations to deployments – are striking, especially when compared with your average private sector opportunity. 

“The Coast Guard has provided me a helicopter to fly into a hurricane, land on a rather small ship, MEDEVAC people off oil rigs hundreds of miles offshore, fly around the Caribbean for a month, intercept a plane flying into restricted air space, and mentor someone through one of the most challenging phases of their life. I am so thankful to work with true professionals every day.”

Petty Officer Third Class Courtney Perry, also featured in the video highlighting women who are smashing the gender bias in our ranks, reflects on the time friends she’s made during different assignments.
“More than anything I don’t’ think I would’ve had the opportunity to befriend as many people from as many backgrounds and cultures as I’ve gotten a chance to in the Coast Guard. It gave me a chance to bring a wealth of amazing people into my life who are basically my extended family at this point.”