Portraits of Diversity
1. What is your name and what do you do in the Coast Guard? "My name is Mariah Roling and I'm a boat crew member at Station Cape May. As a boat crew member, a couple of my responsibilities include cleaning and maintaining the small boats, training and assisting mariners in distress." 2. Describe diversity in a word or two and explain what it means to you. "I chose "embracing differences" because I just think it's so awesome that everyone in the Coast Guard has a different story and comes from different walks of life, but join the same organization to fulfill the mission." 3. How has your experience and background prepared you to be effective at your job? "Growing up in Southern California I've always had a love for the water. I became a lifeguard when I was 15-years-old, and an EMT when I was 20-years-old. I joined the Coast Guard in late 2011 and was stationed at the Honor Guard. While I was there, I volunteered at the fire department and ended up going to the fire academy graduating as a firefighter. Throughout the years, I've been put in a lot of high stress situations where lives depend on how well I can work under pressure and rely on my training to save myself and others. I think those experiences have really prepared me to be an efficient boat crew member in an ever-changing work environment where it's frequently necessary to adapt and overcome to successfully complete the mission." 4. Tell me a little bit about your life outside of work. "I'm really into working out and almost anything outdoors. I love hanging out with friends and also enjoy going to church every Sunday I have off." U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau

Photo by: Auxiliarist David Lau |  VIRIN: 160304-G-QD712-414.JPG