About June

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Trailblazer

  During her highly successful career in the Coast Guard, she was a trailblazer, achieving many historical firsts for women including the first enlisted woman to rise to the rank of Rear Admiral.  She was the first woman to serve as the Military Advisory to the Secretary of Homeland Security and only the third woman in our nation’s history to serve as the Military Aide to the President of the United States.   

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Community Leader

 June is an active community leader, non-profit board member, and community volunteer. She is a 2017 graduate of the esteemed Leadership Cleveland program, and was elected by her peers to serve as the class President. She continues her strong advocacy for civic leadership and community service as a member of the 2018 Leadership Cleveland 2 cohort. She is a volunteer in the Coast Guard Auxiliary, at her church, and at local schools where she speaks on a variety of topics including achieving your dreams and the Success Principles. 

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Coast Guard Career

 During her 35 years as a distinguish military leader, June served in a wide variety of leadership roles, including Chief of Staff of Coast Guard Pacific Area, and held five separate command positions; two aboard Coast Guard cutters (ships) and three units ashore. Her headquarters assignments include Deputy, Assistant Commandant for Response Policy, the office responsible for National policies in Incident Management, Maritime Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Contingency Planning and Oil Spill Response, where she was assigned during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. She also served as the Coast Guard Gender Policy Advisor in the Office of Leadership and Development, and as a Division Chief in the Office of Budget and Programs.  She continues to serve as an advocate for women and diversity programs. Prior to her retirement in October 2017, June served as the Commander, Ninth Coast Guard District (Great Lakes Region), leading the 6,000 men and women of the Coast Guard across an area of responsibility that spanned 8 states and a 1,500 mile international maritime border. She began her career by enlisting in the Coast Guard Reserves and later graduated from Officer Candidates School. She again made history as the first woman hold that assignment. 

Education & Awards

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Bachelors of Science, Biology

Bowling Green State University 

Master of Arts, Adult Education

University of South Florida 

National Preparedness Initiative (NPLI)

Harvard School of Public Health/Harvard Kennedy School of Government. 

Personal Coast Guard Awards

  • the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Award
  • two Defense Superior Service Medal
  • three Legion of Merits 
  • six Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, and 
  • two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, among others 

Awards

Presidential Service Badge, the Secretary of Homeland Security Service Badge, as well as the Advanced Boat Force Operations and Coast Guard Cutterman pin 

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