Coast Guard supports annual career conference in Chicago

Guest post by Lt. j.g. Felix Ceballos, Marine Safety Unit Chicago


Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago partnered with Recruiting Office Chicago to participate in the 37th Annual Chemical Industry Council of Illinois (CICI) Career Conference in Chicago, Oct. 20-21.

The conference, held annually at the Museum of Science and Industry, is a program designed to introduce high school and junior high school students to careers in the disciplines of math and science.  To date, over 75,000 students have attended the conference.

CHICAGO - Petty Officer 2nd Class Salvatore Loggia of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago explains how oil is sampled to a group of Illinois students at the 37th annual Chemical Industry Council of Illinois Career Conference, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy MSU Chicago

Coast Guard active-duty members explained the service’s missions and, in particular, the Coast Guard’s role in environmental stewardship using static displays and interactive props such as an MSD900 survival suit, oil spill sample kit and sampler rod, brochures and Coast Guard videos.

Based upon the strong interest and positive response by attending students and teachers alike,  MSU Chicago plans to canvass other nearby operational commands to recruit their talents and participation for future events.  Together, they hope to tell the broader story of Coast Guard operations and the importance that math and science play in our mission-sets.

“This effort helped raise much-needed awareness about Coast Guard roles and missions and provided a great opportunity to reach a broad, diverse group of future leaders, mathematicians and scientists,” said Cmdr. Robert Bailey, commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Chicago.  “We look forward to participating and having other operational units participate in next year’s event.”