Coast Guard to Promote First Female Chief Gunner’s Mate

Coast Guard to Promote First female Chief Gunners MateCAPE MAY, N.J. – A ceremony will be held Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at the Coast Guard Training Center Cape May in the Harborview All-Hands Clubs at 1:30 p.m., to advance Petty Officer 1st Class Kristin Werner to the rank of Chief Petty Officer, making her the first female Chief Gunner’s Mate in Coast Guard history.

While the gunner’s mate rating was formally established in 1797, women have served in the rating for only the last 35 years. According to Master Chief Petty Officer Timothy Wallace, the Gunner’s Mate Rating Force Manger, there are currently 695 active duty gunner’s mates of which only 37 are females.

“I am extremely honored to be accepting the title of first female gunner’s mate chief petty officer,” said Werner. “It’s a humbling experience to be getting my anchors. I know that the shipmate’s in my rate work hard to advance and I feel that I was just fortunate to place high on the advancement list this year. I hope one day soon there will be no more female firsts.”

BZ Petty Office Werner.

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