Good Morning Shipmates!!
Senior Chief Wright and I want to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving!
As we roll into the holiday season, we ask that everyone do a shipmate check and make sure everyone is doing well. The holiday season can be a tough time, so if anyone needs to talk, please do not hesitate to reach out to Senior or myself (numbers posted below). This past summer Congress designated 988 as the new three-digit dialing code for everyone across the United States to access National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The new 988 dialing code, which can be accessed via phone call or text, is a direct connection to confidential, compassionate, accessible, and supportive care for anyone in struggling, whether it is due to thoughts of suicide, a mental health or substance use crisis, or any type of emotional distress. Additionally, people can also dial 988 if they are worried about a friend or a loved one who may need crisis support.
Please make good choices as we go into the holiday season, especially if you decide to go out drinking. Do not let one night out partying ruin your career! There is a plethora of options for getting home safe, please take advantage of them and be safe.
With all that out of the way, Senior Chief Wright and myself wanted to give you all a quick update on where we are in the slating process. We have been churning and burning looking over everyone’s E-resumes and slowly slating members for positions. Our goal is to get everyone their highest earned assignment! Thus far, we have issued almost all Priority 1- and 2-members orders. We are still waiting on a couple of outliers before we issue the remaining Priority 1- and 2-‘s, so thank you all for being patient with us. Just like everyone, Senior and I are waiting for the next revisions for the May 2022 SWE and CWO Appointment. Once these are released, we will be making calls to members above the cut and re-working our slate to get everyone their highest earned assignment. As a reminder, Direct Access is set to go down on December 20th, 2022, and come back up on January 3rd, 2023. During this time Senior and I will be unable to issue any orders or do anything within direct access.
All orders for PATFORSWA have been issued. Thank you to all the members that volunteered! If you are interested in PATFORSWA, please give me a call and we can discuss the next solicitation for PATFORSWA and what you can do now to prepare!
ALCOAST 419-22 was released soliciting for applications for the Forrest O. Rednour Award! If you think you have the best dining facility in the Coast Guard or are the best Culinary Specialist out there, this is your time to brag and showcase your skills! Get those applications together! If you have any questions, please reach out CSCS Ed Fuchs or CSC Eric Toler. Applications are due February 24th, 2023, so there is plenty of time!
Special Command Aide packages have been screened and forwarded to the SCA Program Manager. Senior Chief Rohrs is working with the Flags to disseminate packages and orchestrate interviews. If you have any questions about the process and how the selection occurs, please give him a call.
ALCOAST 458/22 Last but certainly not least, I want to CONGRATULATE CSC Meaghan Marquardo for being selected as the Special Command Aide of the Year! CSC Marquardo will participate in a selection board on 16 January 2023 against enlisted aides from each of the other services. The winner of this competition will be announced on 17 January 2023 at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes and recognized as the Inter-Service Enlisted Aide of the Year. Best of luck Chief Marquardo!
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving everyone!
CWO Nick Wernicke