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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.

For the official US Coast Guard page, see here. For more information on the history of women in the Coast Guard click here. Timeline of events of women in the coast guard see here.

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.

For more information see here.

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 Guardâ��s Senior Official in the Intelligence Community where she led a multi-disciplined intelligence enterprise including criminal investigations, cyber security, and counter intelligence. 

For more information see here.

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.  
For more information see here.

Rear Admiral Cari B. Thomas

Rear 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 Guard�s nearly 60,000 member active duty, reserve and civilian workforce.

Rear Admiral Thomas oversees most of the Coast Guard's human resources field activities. She is responsible for the Coast Guard�s health, safety, and work-life programs, sexual assault
prevention/response victim support, and leadership and diversity initiatives. She serves as Chair of the Coast Guard Academy Board of Trustees, Diversity and Inclusion Chief, Warranting Officer Human Systems Engineering, and President of the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Board. Her previous Flag  assignments include Commander, Fourteenth Coast Guard District and Assistant Commandant for Response Policy.

Rear Admiral Thomas served on CGC
VIGOROUS, VALIANT, and was commanding officer of CGC MANITOU. Further operational
assignments included Group-Air Station Atlantic City, Sector Miami Chief of Response, and
Commanding Officer of Training Center Cape. Rear Admiral Thomas also served in the Coast Guard Academy Admissions Office and at Personnel Command�s Enlisted Personnel
Management office.  She was also a Program Reviewer at Headquarters, the Executive Assistant to the Atlantic Area Commander and the Atlantic Area Resource Director.  

   For more information see here.

Rear Admiral Maura K. Dollymore

Maura K. Dollymore was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral (upper half) in November 2011 and concurrently named as an Assistant US
Surgeon General. Rear Admiral Dollymore is the Coast Guard's Surgeon General and Chief Safety Officer, serving as the Director of Health, S and Work-Life.  

She is responsible for the Coast Guard's health care system of 42 clinics and 150 sick bays, as well as, operational and off-duty mishap prevention, response and investigation. She oversees the Coast Guard's child care programs and food services delivery programs, ashore and afloat, and the Coast Guard's Ombudsman, Substance Abuse, Health Promotion and Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs.

  For more information see here.

Rear Admiral Linda L. Fagan

Rear 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

Her previous assignment was as the Deputy Director of Operations for Headquarters United States Northern Command. Admiral Fagan has 30 years of extensive experience. Prior to assignment to NORTHCOM, she served as the Commander, Sector New York. Sector New York is the Coast Guard�s largest shore-based operational unit with responsibility for all Coast Guard missions in the greater New York metropolitan area.

Additional operational assignments include deck watch officer on board the USCGC Polar Star, Marine Inspector-Marine Safety Office Puget Sound, Marine Investigating Officer-Marine Safety Office Mobile, Marine Inspector-Marine Safety Office New Orleans, Industry Training with the New Orleans Steamboat Company, Chief of Port Operations at Marine Safety Office Savannah, and Executive Officer-Marine Inspection Office/Activities Europe in Rotterdam.

Admiral Fagan has extensive interagency as well as intergovernmental experience. She has worked with both the International Maritime Organization and International Labor Organization on flag state and port state issues including development of the International Ship and Port Security Code (ISPS), and the Consolidated Maritime Labor Convention.

  For more information see here.

Rear Admiral June E. Ryan

Rear 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.

She previously served as Military Advisor to the Secretary of Homeland Security where she supported the Secretary in affairs relating to the coordination and execution of policy and operations between the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. In addition, Ryan has had many shipboard and operations ashore assignments.

Rear Admiral Ryan�s staff tours include assignment as the the Senior Instructor, Maritime Law Enforcement School, four tours in Coast Guard Headquarters, and two tours in Coast Guard Pacific Area, including her last assignment as the Pacific Area Chief of Staff. She also served as the Military Aide to the President, the third woman in U.S. history to do so.

   For more information see here.

Rear Admiral Meredith Austin

Rear 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.

Previously she served as the Chief of Staff for the Fourteenth Coast Guard in Honolulu, Hawaii. The District spans over 12.2 million square miles and includes the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, American Samoa and activities in Saipan, Singapore and Japan. Rear Admiral Austin has held several commands including Sector Delaware Bay, executing the Coast Guard�s eleven statutory missions along the coasts of New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania; the Pacific Strike Team; and the National Strike Force, responding to oil and hazardous substance spills and threats from Weapons of Mass Destruction in support of Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Defense Federal On-Scene Coordinators throughout the United States, its territories and other nations.

Rear Admiral Austin has responded to many of the major incidents which have occurred since 2001 including the World Trade Center disaster, hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the Capitol anthrax and ricin incidents. In response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Rear Admiral Austin served first as Deputy Incident Commander, then as the Incident Commander for the state of Louisiana, directing the activities of over 19,000 responders.

  For more information see here.

Master Chief Leilani L. Cale-Jones

Master 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 Guard 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 Cale-Jones earned her General Equivalency Diploma (GED) to Enlist in the U.S. Coast Guard and has gone on to hold a Masters Certificate in Quality Systems Management and a Green Belt in Six Sigma and a MBA in Strategic Leadership. Master Chief Cale-Jones is a graduate of the Coast Guard�s Leadership and Management School, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy East, the Navy�s Senior Enlisted Academy and the National Defense University Command Senior Enlisted Leader Course.

   For more information see here.

Master Chief Nancy Lynne Seely

Master 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.

Master Chief Seely is a graduate of the Coast Guard Reserve Chief Petty Officer�s Academy, Class XXIII, and the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course. She was selected to attend the Reserve Components National Security Course held at the National Defense University in Washington, DC and was a participant in the USCG Evergreen III Project Workshop. Master Chief Seely holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Master of Arts Degree in European History from the University of Delaware. She is currently employed by Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan. She is married to Bruce Seely of Chicago, Illinois.

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Master Chief Janine M. Tschantz-Hahn

Master 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.

She has earned a permanent Coxswain insignia and Boat Forces Operations insignia. A native of San Jose, California, Master Chief Tschantz-Hahn enlisted in September 1992 and completed over nine years on active duty. As a Reservist she has been recalled to active duty three times under Title 10 and Title 14 totaling 18 months.

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Command Master Chief Dawn M. Stephens 

Command 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.

Master Chief Stephens is a graduate of United States Air Force Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Class 04-B. She is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill's, Institute for Defense and Business, Log 21: Logistics for the 21st Century course in February 2010 and the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course (formerly Command Master Chief Course) in August of 2005. She is currently pursuing her Associates Degree in Accounting from DeVry University.

  For more information see here.