I grew up in California.
My father was in the
Marines and almost everyone in my extended family
was in the Marines, so I had a lot of exposure to
But I didn't choose a military
career right away.
I went to San Diego State
University for a degree in Computer Science.
that time, I also met my husband.
He was in the
Army in Special Operations.
We were married, had
our first child, and moved to Seattle where I
spent ten years.
My husband had a tour of
duty in Iraq and was injured.
When he was
discharged, I decided that it was my turn to join
I had been to Ocracoke Island in
North Carolina once and was really impressed by a
Coast Guard search and rescue mission that I was
able to witness. I also love the ocean, so the
Coast Guard was a great choice for me.
joined the Coast Guard in 2004 and had to get an
age waiver because I was over the age of 27.
was the oldest person in my boot camp in Cape May,
I spent eight weeks there learning
seamanship, Coast Guard procedures, and Coast
My first duty station was at
Air Station Corpus Christi.
I had been scheduled
to work as an Aviation Survival Technician (AST)
and rescue swimmer.
However, I became pregnant
and my duties changed.
I worked instead in the
operations center which is the main base for
search and rescue missions.
This turned out to be
a great assignment.
I helped the operations
specialists prepare search and rescue plans.
someone was in trouble, we would analyze the maps
and plan the mission before sending out
helicopters and planes.
After two years in
Texas, I moved to the Washington, D.C. area.
work with the Coast Guard recruiting command now.
I have a lot of job responsibilities related to
ensuring that Coast Guard personnel get their
assignments and are paid on time.
when members go on temporary duty assignments, I
process their contracts, tell them where they are
going, arrange a mode of travel, and estimate
I keep track of all of these orders
for the senior management.
I also interact
directly with Coast Guard personnel and help
resolve problems related to their paychecks.
addition, I conduct training sessions to teach
members how to use our electronic personnel
This is a great field for me now as I
hope to build my own human resources business one
I'm taking classes to earn a second college
degree in Human Resource Management.
Guard has not only
encouraged me to continue my
education, but also provided me with real-life
I have learned how to
prioritize my work and how to deal with people in
sometimes difficult situations.
the Coast Guard has taught me discipline.
discipline enables me to manage my work life, home
life, and school life effectively.