I had the honor of being one of the first
women to go to a law enforcement team in the
When I put in for a transfer to
San Diego, I received a call about this once-in-
a-lifetime opportunity to go to Tactical Law
The tactical law enforcement teams
were the last units to be integrated with males
and females in the Coast Guard.
enforcement, we always wear protective armor and
we always carry weapons as we never know what we
are going to face any time we do a boarding of
I did five years of active duty and when I
got out, I chose to become a Coast Guard
I happened to leave at the end of
September in 2001, so I was called back to
active duty after the attacks.
It was a good
opportunity to do something after the attacks of
9/11 and I felt like I served my part.
Right now, I am in charge of the overall
vessel while we are out on the water and that
includes making sure that the missions are
complete and that all the people on-board are
safe and secure.
We do a lot of escorts for
military and civilian vessels due to the fact
that there are a lot of people onboard ships,
and certain Navy vessels are considered higher
Homeland Security to me means that the
Coast Guard is using all of its assets to make
sure that our ports and waterways are secure
Prior to the Coast Guard, I was working at a
suburban Michigan credit union.
When I go home
once or twice a year to visit my family, they
love to hear new stories about the interesting
things that I do.
What I’ve enjoyed most in my
work is wearing different hats.
I can be
sitting at a desk one minute and hear an alarm
and run out to the boat to go save somebody’s
or fight a fire, or save a boat that is
And then come back and finish my
paperwork, go home, and think to myself that
it’s all in a day’s work.