From cookies to Coast Guard: Girl Scouts learn about being Guardians at career fair

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(Above: left to right- Capt. Luann Barndt, Seaman Myeonghi Clegg, a Wisconsin Girl Scout, Seaman Katherine Waters, and Seaman Megan Aldrich participate in the Oak Creek, Wis., Career Fair, March 20, 2010.)

Capt. Luann Barndt, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan, and six other female Guardians participated in the Girl Scout Career Fair in Oak Creek, Wis., March 20, 2010. The event was held at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and welcomed more than 100 Girl Scouts, ranging in age from 4th to 11th graders, from southeastern Wisconsin.

Members in attendance came from Coast Guard Station (Aids-to-Navigation Team) Kenosha, Wis., Coast Guard Station Sheboygan, Wis., and Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan. All seven Guardians shared their Coast Guard experiences, answered questions and educated the attending Girl Scouts about Coast Guard operations.

(Above: left to right- Seaman Myeonghi Clegg, Seaman Megan Aldrich, Seaman Katherine Waters, Capt. Luann Barndt, Master Chief Mary Fowlkes, Seaman Shanna Dunn, and Senior Chief Colleen McCarthy participate in the Oak Creek, Wis., Career Fair, March 20, 2010.)

The Guardians in attendance were enthusiastic and the attitude was contagious, creating interest in the Coast Guard and providing a great starting point for the development of future Guardians. This is just one example of Guardians reaching out to their local communities and creating positive relationships between the Coast Guard and the public.