Portraits of Diversity
1. What is your name and what do you do in the Coast Guard? "Marguerite Champlin, but I go by "Maggie." I'm a pilot in the MH-65D helicopter and one of two Education Services Officers at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City. As a pilot my duties include standing search and rescue duty on a regular basis as one of two pilots in a typical SAR crew. As an ESO I administer mid-term and final exams for personnel in college. I counsel U.S. Coast Guard members on college options and tuition assistance. I am also qualified to administer Federal Aviation Administration exams to pilots and flight mechanics seeking professional qualifications outside of the Coast Guard." 2. Describe diversity in a word or two and explain what it means to you. "I chose "experience" as my word. I grew up in Alabama and before joining the Coast Guard I was a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot. I've travelled and have been stationed all over the world." 3. How has your experience and background prepared you to be effective at your job? "When I transferred to the Coast Guard, I brought with me the diversity of those experiences. There are a lot of Coast Guard service members with prior military experience from other services. This melting pot of backgrounds makes the Coast Guard stronger. " 4. Tell me a little bit about your life outside of work. "Life outside of work is pretty simple. I'm either hiking with my husband and our Great Dane or in my sewing room making and/or repairing quilts." U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau

Photo by: Auxiliarist David Lau |  VIRIN: 160301-G-QD712-359.JPG