USCG Cutter Named After Dorothy Stratton
In my role as the CEO of a woman-owned small business, I never tire of interesting opportunities to see the impact of homeland security in many ways.
This week, I got to see the impact first hand. On Thursday, November 3 (also my husband Rob’s birthday), Rob and I attended a reception to honor the first USCG National Security Cutter (NSC) in Baltimore Harbor.
The ship was amazing… the size, the capabilities, the helicopter, the decontamination showers.
What was even more amazing was the spirit of the women on board – members of the USCG’s Women’s Reserve during World War II (also called SPARs). The evening reception, sponsored by Women in Homeland Security (thanks Kristina Tanasichuk!) was an inspirational event.
The homeland security leadership was inspirational, in general. It was exciting to spend time with senior leaders (men and women) of the U.S. Coast Guard – an amazing cadre of professionals that demonstrate leadership at all levels (from the cooks and technicians to the officers and acquisition leaders).
The National Security Cutter is certainly an amazing achievement. It is a tool that will allow the USCG to always be ready to address our nation’s future homeland security challenges.