United States Coast Guard
The Coast Guard is the only branch of the military where women can do any type of job offered, which is a large draw for many.
The Coast Guard has the highest proportion of women, with respect to other services. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy was roughly one-third women in 2011 and was the first military academy run by a woman.
Follow the links below for women in other branches of the United States military.
|Rear Admiral Sandra L. Stosz
RDML Sandra L. Stosz, is the superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the first woman to serve in this role as well as the first female graduate to be promoted to Flag rank.
Prior to this position, Stosz served as Director, Coast Guard Enterprise Strategic Management and Doctrine, responsible for aligning strategy and management functions and enhancing support operations.
Stosz has experience at sea, including command of two vessels, an icebreaking tug on the Great Lakes and a cutter that patrolled North Atlantic and Caribbean waters.
She and her crews executed many missions including drug and alien migrant interdiction, fisheries enforcement, search and rescue, polar and domestic icebreaking and ports and waterways security.
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|Rear Admiral Cynthia Coogan
Rear Admiral Cynthia Coogan was Assistant Commander for U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence and Criminal Investigation before retirement. She led intelligence operations, crisis response, law enforcement, maritime and port security, and investigative activities.
She also served as the director of U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and Training where she was responsible for recruitment, training, allocation, and support for more than 12,500 Coast Guard Reservists.
She has also served as the Coast Guardâï¿½ï¿½s Senior Official in the Intelligence Community where she led a multi-disciplined intelligence enterprise including criminal investigations, cyber security, and counter intelligence.
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|Rear Admiral Mary Landry
Rear Admiral Mary Landry is the inaugural Director of Incident Management and Preparedness at Coast Guard Headquarters. In this role she is responsible for establishing, developing, and implementing all hazards incident management goals, strategies, polices, and doctrine to meet Coast Guard responsibilities in incident preparedness and response.
Rear Admiral Landry retired from the Coast Guard in 2011. She served as Director of Governmental and Public Affairs and as Commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District and Commander of Task Force 189.8, headquartered in New Orleans.
As District Commander, she was responsible for more than 1,200 miles of coastline and 10,300 miles of inland waterways, including the Mississippi, Tennessee, and Ohio Rivers. During her tenure, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the 2011 Mississippi River Valley floods occurred.
She managed the Coast
Guard response to both of these disasters. She has received the Legion
of Merit, the Distinguished Service Medal, and an honorary Doctoral
Degree for Hilbert College.
|Rear Admiral Cari B. Thomas
Admiral Thomas assumed duties as Assistant Commandant for Human
Resources in June 2015. In this capacity, she is responsible for
implementing the vision for human capital management; to recruit,
develop, and retain a diverse, proficient, effective workforce to meet
the current and future needs of the Coast Guardâï¿½ï¿½s nearly 60,000
active duty, reserve and civilian workforce.
|Rear Admiral Maura K. Dollymore
K. Dollymore was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (upper half) in
November 2011 and concurrently named as an Assistant US
|Rear Admiral Linda L. Fagan
Admiral Fagan assumed the duties of First District Commander in May
2014. She oversees all Coast Guard missions across eight states in the
Northeast including over 2,000 miles of Coastline from the
U.S.-Canadian border to northern New Jersey and 1300 miles
|Rear Admiral June E. Ryan
Admiral Ryan assumed duty as the Ninth Coast Guard District Commander
in June 2015. She is the senior Coast Guard Commander for the Great
Lakes and Saint Lawrence Seaway, an area that encompasses eight states,
a 1,500 mile international border, and a workforce of over 6,000 Coast
Guard active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary men and women.
|Rear Admiral Meredith Austin
Admiral Meredith Austin assumed the duties of the Deputy Commander,
Coast Guard Pacific Area (PACAREA) in June 2015. Prior to this
assignment she served as Commander, Coast Guard Personnel Service
Center (PSC). PSC supports mission execution by recruiting, accessing,
assigning and developing careers, maintaining well-being, compensating,
separating and retiring all enlisted, officer, Active Duty and Reserve
Coast Guard personnel.
|Master Chief Leilani L. Cale-Jones
Chief Cale-Jones enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in July 1987. Upon
completion of basic training, she reported to her first assignment at
Station Chetco River in Brookings, Oregon. Her follow-on assignments
include Group/Air Station Astoria, National Pollution Funds Center
(cm), Communications Area Master Station Pacific, Group Milwaukee,
USCGC POLAR SEA (WAGB 11), Integrated Support Command Seattle (pf),
Yeoman Rating Force Master Chief, Command Master Chief for Maintenance
& Logistics Command Pacific, Command Master Chief for Coast
District 14 in Honolulu, HI, and Command Master Chief for Pacific Area.
She assumed the duties as the Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the
Coast Guard in May 2014.
|Master Chief Nancy Lynne Seely
Chief Nancy Lynne Seely is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and
enlisted in the United States Coast Guard Reserve in the Direct Petty
Officer Program in 1983 in San Antonio, Texas. She was assigned to
Reserve Unit San Antonio as the Assistant to the Training Officer and
as a reserve recruiter. After moving to Michigan, she became the
Leading Administrative Petty Officer and later served as the
Administrative Officer for Reserve Unit Portage in Hancock, Michigan.
She then served as the Reserve Command Enlisted Advisor for Group Sault
Ste. Marie, Michigan and was later appointed the Reserve Command Master
Chief for Sector Sault Ste. Marie.
Chief Janine M. Tschantz-Hahn
Chief Janine M. Tschantz-Hahn assumed the duties as the Reserve Command
Master Chief for the 7th Coast Guard District in September 2013. Her
primary responsibility is to advise the Commander of the 7th Coast
Guard District on issues and initiatives pertaining to all Coast Guard
Reserve members and their families throughout the District,
encompassing Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Puerto Rico.
|Command Master Chief Dawn M.
Master Chief Stephens serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the
Eleventh Coast Guard District Commander. In this capacity she provides
advice to the District Commander on issues and initiatives pertaining
to all Coast Guard members and their families throughout the District.
The Eleventh District encompasses the states of Arizona, Nevada, Utah,
and California to include its coastal and offshore waters, and the
offshore waters of Mexico and Central America down to South America.
Most recently, Master Chief Stephens served as the Storekeeper 'A'
School Chief in Petaluma, California.