My Coast Guard
Commentary | Oct. 7, 2021

BZ: Bravo Zulu to member for completing several ultra-marathons raising money for Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA), and more.

By Nicole Bertrand, MyCG writer

Bravo Zulu to member for completing several ultra-marathons raising money for CGMA. Seaman Nate Dirvin, assigned to Sector Field Office Atlantic City and who began serving in the Coast Guard in March of 2021, learned of Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) while in basic training. CGMA is a non-profit charitable organization, independent of the Coast Guard, established to provide financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family. Its mission is to promote the financial stability and general well-being of Coast Guard people through interest-free loans, grants, and financial counseling. On July 19, Dirvin ran and completed the Badwater 135 which is 135 miles through Death Valley to Mount Whitney in California. On Aug. 12, he ran the Bigfoot 200, just over 200 miles around Mount St. Helens and through the Cascade Mountains of Washington state. This September he ran just over 200 miles again through the Black Hills of South Dakota and around Mount Rushmore after his original race in Lake Tahoe, California was cancelled due to fires. This October he will be attempting to run 240 miles around the deserts and mountains of Moab, Utah. All three 200 milers are a part of a race series called the triple crown of 200s. “To me, winning means helping others and being selfless,” said Dirvin. “Training and competing in these races connect closely to what I have learned as a member of the Coast Guard. It's all about a hard work ethic and being devoted to your goals. I also learned the value of compassion as a great trait to have as a Coastie from one of my company commanders while in training. I think raising awareness and funding ties in with that.” Good luck in your upcoming race and thank you for your efforts to support the Coast Guard family. You can learn more about CGMA here.
 
Solicitation: Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) 2022 Conference Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) nominations. Career Communications Group, the host of the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference, is accepting nominations for Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) to be presented at the next conference, scheduled for Feb. 11-13, 2022. BEYA STEM OAA recognizes outstanding U.S. Coast Guard talent from all racial backgrounds who are shaping the future of engineering, science, and technology. These awards are also consistent with the U.S. Coast Guard diversity outreach strategy. BEYA STEM OAAs this year are for two categories—Modern-Day Technology and Science Spectrum Trailblazer. All nomination packages must be emailed. Nomination packages for BEYA STEM OAA must be submitted no later than Oct. 15, 2021 by 5 p.m. EDT. Please note, Oct. 15, 2021 is an extension from the Oct. 1, 2021 deadline listed on the website. You can email Katheryn King or contact her by phone at (443) 463-2444. Please read the Solicitation for BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) 2022 Conference Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) Nominations ALCOAST 367/21 for more details.

Solicitation: Nominations for the 2021 Coast Guard Engineer of the Year (EOTY) are being accepted. The purpose of the Coast Guard Engineer of the Year (EOTY) program is to provide recognition for the outstanding accomplishments of engineers (military or civilian) within the Coast Guard and the entire federal government. The 2021 CG EOTY nominations should focus on Coast Guard engineering at all levels with notable accomplishments and achievements. A panel of Coast Guard engineers will convene the week of Oct. 25 to select the Coast Guard EOTY. They will consider the nominees' educational achievements, professional registrations, professional/technical society activities and memberships, awards/honors, civic/humanitarian activities, and most importantly, their Coast Guard engineering accomplishments. Eligible nominations will be forwarded to Department of Homeland Security and the National Society of Professional Engineers. To be considered for the federal EOTY Award, nominations must be received no later than Friday, Oct. 22, 2021. Please email Lt. Elizabeth Surgent or call (202) 475-5553. You can find out more information by reading the Solicitation for the 2021 CG Engineer of the Year Award ALCOAST 353/21.