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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Davey Connor

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:11
Helping others and saving lives is what being a member of the Coast Guard is all about. When Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, Lt. Davey Connor deployed from Sector Jacksonville to assist in relief efforts. Between shifts, Connor made it his personal mission to help save as many homeless dogs left in the wake of the hurricane.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: African-American Coast Guard achievements and diversity highlights of the last century

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 13:38
While the service celebrates highlights of African-American service in the Coast Guard, it should recognize the accomplishments of hundreds of thousands of African-Americans over the course of its 228-year history. These members of the long blue line have struggled for equal rights and persevered with a dedication that has benefited all who serve in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Categories: Marine Safety

U.S. icebreaker completes Antartica operation despite engineering challenges

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 15:10
The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star completed their mission in support of National Science Foundation (NSF) after cutting a resupply channel through 15 miles of Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea and escorting supply vessels to the continent. Despite flooding in the engine room and one of the three turbines failing, the crew was able to continue and complete their mission in the ice to allow resupply ships to get to McMurdo Station.
Categories: Marine Safety

Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Spotlight: Cockpit Laser Strike Protection

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:56
Laser strikes are a safety concern for both commercial and military aviation because direct eye strikes can result in temporary flash blindness or eye damage, depending on the strength of the laser. The Coast Guard's Research and Development Center is working to find options that would provide the necessary eye protection for pilots while still allowing the level of visibility needed for operational awareness and to see the many indicators used during SAR missions - one of those options is a flexible optical filter. Find out more here!
Categories: Marine Safety

Pacific Area deputy commander visits Reservists deployed to Africa

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 08:00
Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, Coast Guard Pacific Area deputy commander, visited reservists assigned to Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa. While there, DeQuattro recognized two reservists by presenting them the Navy Expeditionary Warfare Specialist pins.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: AET2 Ashlee Leppert

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 09:24
When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August 2017, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashlee Leppert was one of the first aircrew members to deploy amidst raging winds and rising floodwaters. For her rescue efforts, President Donald Trump recognized Leppert and the hundreds of other Coast Guard members who responded to the hurricane at his 2018 State of the Union address.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: A history of African-Americans in Coast Guard combat

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 14:52
African-Americans have served in every conflict fought by the Coast Guard and its predecessor services, and currently comprise the longest serving minority in the service. Today, we commemorate the achievements and sacrifices of hundreds of thousands of African-Americans over the course of the service’s 228-year history.
Categories: Marine Safety

Supplying a bright future for the service

Tue, 02/06/2018 - 14:19
How can the Coast Guard recruit and maintain a proficient, self-motivated and adaptable workforce in today’s world? It is simple: we build a diverse workforce. The Coast Guard signed a memorandum with Hampton University, home to the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) Scholarship Program. Students who are accepted into the CSPI program are enlisted in the Coast Guard and receive full funding for two years of college.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: USS Big Horn – the Coast Guard’s “Q-Ship”

Thu, 02/01/2018 - 15:38
USS Big Horn was one of the only Q-Ships to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard performing combat missions, weather patrols and tanker duty. The ship and its crews marked a truly unique chapter in Coast Guard history.
Categories: Marine Safety

Coast Guard Cutter Bear celebrates 35 years of service

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:09
In its 35 years of service, Coast Guard Cutter Bear and its crews have valiantly service the nation providing humanitarian aid, drug and immigration enforcement, and search and rescue. Through it all, Bear's most defining achievement is sharing the knowledge that there is no stronger bond than that shared by the crew. Bear crews define themselves as "first in fleet, and second to none."
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 13:06
Less than a year has passed since the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick took to the sea and traveled 6,200 miles from Key West, Florida, to its homeport of Ketchikan, Alaska. Despite the long trip and drastic change of climate, the crew’s performance remained intact. This resilience was recognized by the Douglas Munro Chapter of the Surface Navy Association that awarded the crew of the cutter John McCormick with the 2017 Hopley Yeaton Cutter Excellence Award (small cutter).
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: USS Serpens—the Coast Guard’s greatest loss

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 12:30
Nearly 73 years ago on January 29, 1945, a catastrophic explosion destroyed the Coast Guard-manned transport, USS Serpens. In terms of lives lost, the destruction of the Serpens ranks as the single largest disaster ever recorded in Coast Guard history.
Categories: Marine Safety