Guam – The month of April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
To acknowledge this important month and send a strong message against sexual assault and harassment, members of Coast Guard Sector Guam participated in Service Dress Blue day.
Service Dress Blues or SBDs are not often worn in tropical climate areas and are typically reserved for wear during formal events and ceremonies. Despite the warm weather, many members of the Sector came together to stand against sexual assault and to send a message to their fellow shipmates that sexual assault will not be tolerated in the Coast Guard.
[ Sector Guam SDB Day – Officers and enlisted personnel from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam stand together in their Service Dress Blue uniform to recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. U.S. Coast Guard by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dusti Zimmerman]
“Sexual assault is a crime and stands in direct contrast to our core mission as life savers,” stated Master Chief Michael Ellis, command master chief for Sector Guam. “Across the service, Coast Guard members are wearing one of our most formal uniforms, the Service Dress Blue, to start a dialogue and signify their commitment to eliminate this behavior across the entire fleet.”
For more information about the Coast Guard’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program, please visit www.uscg.mil/sapr.
[Chiefs Mess SDB Day – Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Marianas Consolidated Chief’s Mess set the example at Sector Guam as enlisted leaders against sexual assault. In recognition of April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Chief Petty Officers wore Service Dress Blues to signify their commitment to eliminate sexual assault from the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dusti Zimmerman.]