frequent duty nights and deployment
rotations to Washington D.C.
“It’s been a whirlwind of a first year,”
says Holveck. Like any new mom trying
to excel at home and at work, she feels
the shift from her pre-parenthood days,
when she was completely flexible and
always available for the Coast Guard, to
balancing her professional reputation and
being a great parent. This balance is not
hers alone to bear; she shares the load
with her dedicated husband and the Air
Station and the Coast Guard as a whole.
From the Commandant to the 27 Air
Station Commanding Officers, the organization is focused on nurturing diversity of thought, background, and experience. Coast Guard leaders are charged
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with maintaining inclusive command climates that provide
flexibility to members while meeting
Her command does
this by enabling
Holveck and her husband to closely manage their schedules
so they have more
predictability, especially in these crucial
first years with Kate.
co-location and temporary separation policies also provide
flexibility. Pilots and mechanics typically transfer every three to four years.
While not an absolute guarantee, the
Coast Guard’s policy is to make every effort to assign military members to the
same geographic location, even if the
spouse is in another military service.
Since they met in Navy Flight School,
Holveck and her husband have been stationed together. Additionally, members
who have completed obligated service
requirements may request up to a two-year sabbatical and return to the service
at their previous rank. Many members,
male and female, have benefited from
Holveck is also supported by a strong
perfect, and U.S. Coast
Guard pilots and crews
practice a lot.
network of women aviators. “I think our
social network with Coast Guard women
aviators is awesome. It’s like a little fam-
ily spread out all over the United States,”
she says of her female peers. Among
their many efforts to support the women
who come behind them, the pilot moms
collected their stories and advice to help
junior women navigate their own family
and career plans. Holveck is both a ben-
eficiary and a contributor; “It’s just nice
to know that you’re not alone trying to
balance family life and aviation.”
While females may represent a small
percentage of the Coast Guard’s avia-
tion workforce—85 of the Coast Guard’s
1,200 pilots—the numbers are growing
rapidly; 20 of the 80 Coast Guard stu-
dents in training at Navy Pensacola are
women. Regardless of their long term
professional or family goals, all of these
future aviators look forward to reward-
ing opportunities in an organization
that values their diversity and is willing
to flex to support their personal and pro-
fessional growth. From saving lives to
stopping drug and migrant runners, the
Coast Guard does good work every day.
Messalle, Dasher, and Holveck, along
with their proud and supportive hus-
bands and children, feel privileged to be
a part of this Coast Guard Family. ✈
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LCDR Liz Booker (WAI #17175) is Avia-
tion Assignment officer, U.S. Coast Guard.
Lieutenant Laura Holveck is new to managing separation from her daughter, Kate, who is a year old.