Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Brian Churchill

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Fri, 12/14/2018 - 08:00
Last fall, the White House Fellows program accepted its second Coast Guard reservist in more than 50 years. Lt. Brian Churchill was honored to be selected for the WHF program; among others, the program accepted a neurosurgeon, several Ivy-league graduates, a software CEO and a Rhodes scholar. The program was established in 1964 to give young leaders the opportunity to get first hand, high-level experience with the inner workings of the federal government.
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The Long Blue Line: Combat Cutter Pickering—lost 220 years ago, now an OPC namesake

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 08:00
During the Quasi War, U.S. naval authorities considered the Pickering one of their finest combat cutters. Today, 220 years later, Pickering will be recognized and remembered as one of the Coast Guard’s newest class of cutters. The cuttermen of Pickering and their heroic cutter will always remain a part of the long blue line.
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Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Spotlight: Polar Scout Program Launches

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:31
The Coast Guard Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Program and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate partnered together to test the capabilities of small, inexpensive satellites – known as CubeSats – through the Polar Scout Project, including the launch of two CubeSats. The results of these tests will help improve communication in the Arctic environment, monitoring large areas for illegal activity, and helping to locate persons in distress at sea.
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A big band coastie and his Italian prisoners go to town in WWII

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:43
This is a story of a young seaman during WWII who befriended POWs over Betty Gable movies, played trumpet in the United States Coast Guard orchestra band in Charleston, North Carolina, and spent his later years performing with the likes of Duke Ellington and Tommy Dorsey. It's not a story well-known, but a story worth knowing.
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The Long Blue Line: Buoy Tender White Alder—lost 50 years ago, but not forgotten

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:08
On Saturday, December 7, 1968, White Alder was steaming down-bound on the Mississippi River. At approximately 6:30 p.m., it collided with the up-bound motor vessel Helena, a 455-foot Taiwanese freighter. The 133-foot buoy tender sunk in 75 feet of water with three of its crew surviving, the rest entombed in the sunken cutter.
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The Long Blue Line: William Fessenden—the man and his cutters

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:48
In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Maine Senator William Fessenden to be the 26th Secretary of the Treasury. Fessenden was faced with the Federal Government’s insatiable demand for funding for the war effort. With the aid of private Civil War financiers, Fessenden developed successful short-term loans holding generous interest rates that became popular with northerners. Named for this important public servant, Revenue Cutter Fessenden was one of two vessels contracted by the Treasury Department.
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Japan Coast Guard marks 150th marine aids to navigation anniversary

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 10:11
The Japan Coast Guard presented commemorative stamps commissioned to mark the 150th anniversary of Japan’s first lighthouse during an official visit with the U.S. Coast Guard Nov. 16.
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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Enlisted Professionals in Connection

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:57
When two junior petty officers found little opportunity for diverse enlisted members to network with similar like-minded members, they formed the Enlisted Professionals in Communication or EPIC. The traveled to nine different commands across the nation, worked with former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell and helped diverse and under represented minority members connect. For their efforts and initiative, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recognized these two petty officer with the Secretary's Award for Diversity Management.
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The Long Blue Line: Argus – namesake of sixth Offshore Patrol Cutter class

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Thu, 11/29/2018 - 14:55
Named for the 100-eyed giant of Greek mythology known as “the all-seeing one,” Argus was one of the first vessels completed of Alexander Hamilton’s fleet of 10 revenue cutters. Today Argus serves as one of the first flights of "Heritage" Offshore Patrol Cutters that will become the mainstay of the Coast Guard's ocean-going fleet. These cutters provide multi-mission capabilities similar to the first 10 revenue cutters.
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Standing in the gap: Station Panama City

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Tue, 11/27/2018 - 08:00
With ingenuity and no small degree of resourcefulness, Kannan and a small crew of station personnel managed to put together a disaster response trailer to get out to Coast Guard members’ homes to assess the damage. It didn't take long to figure out how extensive the damage was and quickly set out to assist the city in helping residents. The recovery process continues but the crews have made a big impact so far.
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The Long Blue Line: Waesche – the Coast Guard’s wartime leader, second founding father

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 08:00
Adm. Russell Waesche was responsible for the expansion of the service and improved the traditional functions of the Coast Guard during his 10 years as commandant. His administration intensified Coast Guard activity in the Great Lakes and added new missions of the Coast Guard including marine safety, icebreaking, and aids-to-navigation. One could say Waesche's tenure as Coast Guard commandant was the most productive and successful in Coast Guard history; one could say he was the second founder of the Coast Guard.
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Celebrating Military Family Month: It’s an Alaskan and family thing

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 08:00
Military families sacrifice a lot for their nation such as deployments, missing out on milestones and relocation. Military Family Month was created to celebrate the service and sacrifice of the patriots and families who make up America's military. For one Coast Guard family, staying involved in the community and being active outdoors has helped Petty Officer 1st Class Casey Lawrence and her family stay resilient and loving the Alaskan lifestyle.
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Active shooter training conducted at Training Center Petaluma

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Tue, 11/20/2018 - 08:00
Thirty-two participants representing 12 different local, state, and federal agencies including active duty and Reserve Coast Guard members trained together at Training Center Petaluma in late October to hands-on field training and scenario-based practical exercises on active shooter incidents. Active shooter situations are all too common in American society today and this training is meant to help those first responders stay prepared and ready.
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