Coast Guard teams up with Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

Rear Adm. Cari Thomas, the assistant commandant for Human Resources, and Capt. Karl Minter, the chairman of the board of directors for the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, sign a memorandum of understanding at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., March 11, 2016. This agreement is designed to optimize outreach and engagement efforts and enhance the Coast Guard’s overall recruiting and hiring efforts as well as support the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals’ mission of enhancing, advancing, and promoting educational opportunities in aviation and aerospace. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Connie Terrell)

Rear Adm. Cari Thomas and Capt. Karl Minter, the chairman of the board of directors for the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, sign a memorandum of understanding at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., March 11, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Connie Terrell)

WASHINGTON — On March 11, the U.S. Coast Guard signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) to enhance the service’s overall recruiting strategy by optimizing outreach and engagement efforts.

The Coast Guard is committed to promoting lasting relationships with professional development and mentoring organizations such as OBAP that share common goals of encouragement and advancement of minorities in aviation careers.

Through this agreement, OBAP will promote the Coast Guard as a workplace of choice, especially for jobs within the Coast Guard’s  aviation program. More importantly, OBAP will help the Coast Guard educate students and parents on education opportunities, such as the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) (Scholarship Program), and the CSPI-Student Loan Repayment Program (CSPI-SLRP).

“The Coast Guard has been and will continue to be a major and active supporter of increasing outreach to youth across the nation, including focused efforts of reaching underrepresented minorities,” said Rear Adm. Cari B. Thomas, assistant commandant for Human Resources. “Our relationship with OBAP will assist them in their efforts to promote aviation, aerospace education and careers while benefitting the service in its efforts to recruit  young men and women who have an interest in these fields.

“What the Coast Guard does is world-class,” said Capt. Karl Minter, chairman of the board for OBAP. “This partnership allows us to bring opportunities to our youth and greater access to education and careers. We look forward to building a long-term strategy with the Coast Guard to develop the next generation of Coasties.”

For more information on OBAP, please go to: www.obap.org.

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