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Commentary | March 30, 2023

 Coast Guard announces appointment of Advisory Board on Women in the Coast Guard members 

By The U.S. Coast Guard Office of Diversity and Inclusion   

The Coast Guard has recently appointed 15 members to the newly established Advisory Board on Women in the Coast Guard. Consistent with guidance directed by Public Law 116–283, also known as the William (Mac) Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, the board will provide recommendations to the Commandant on matters relating to recruiting, retaining, advancing, and the wellbeing of women who serve in the Coast Guard.  

Committee member appointments include:  

Melanie Arroyave,  Sector Virginia, active duty officer 
Diane M. Bucci,  Bradenton, Florida, retired 
Megan L. Drewniak,  Sector Northern New England, active duty officer  
Sain-R K. Edwards,  Pacific Area (PAC-3), reserve enlisted  
Dana L. Fleming,  Sector Ohio Valley, active duty officer 
Christye N. Greene,  PSU 307, reserve enlisted  
Katharine M. Howes,  Sector Buffalo, reserve officer  
Lauren J. Lyver,  Coast Guard Cutter John Scheuerman, reserve officer 
Ashley R. Moore, Sector North East New England, reserve officer  
Kira M. Patino, Coast Guard Station Niagra, active duty enlisted  
Jazmyn T. Sailor,  CG C5ISC, active duty enlisted 
Heather R. Sheer, Coast Guard Station, reserve enlisted 
Jennifer L. Sinclair,  Alexandria, Virginia, retired 
Briana R. Tarby, Coast Guard Academy, active duty enlisted  
Jennifer Yount, Petaluma, California, retired  

Advisor participation on the board is in a collateral, voluntary duty capacity. Members applied via a process managed by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (CG-1D1) and were chosen by a panel of leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion subject matter experts from throughout the Coast Guard total workforce.   

“Adm. Fagan has said, ‘tomorrow looks different. So will we.’ The Coast Guard sincerely is executing new activities to accelerate a more diverse and inclusive workforce. An environment where every person can succeed as far as their drive will take them, while also achieving our 11 missions codified in the Homeland Security Act of 2002,” said Chief Petty Officer Lana Port, gender policy enlisted advisor within the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. Port serves as the project manager charged with setting up the administrative support and knowledge management structure for the Advisory Board on Women in the Coast Guard. 

The board’s first business meeting is scheduled for June 2023.   

For more information regarding the Advisory Board on Women in the Coast Guard, including the board’s charter, selection panel instructions, member application, and frequently asked questions, please visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's (CG-1D1) website on the Advisory Board on Women in the Coast Guard.

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