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The Long Blue Line: Civil War operations of the Revenue Cutter Service

Thu, 04/19/2018 - 13:34
The U.S. Revenue Cutter Service cemented the role of the service in such missions as convoy duty, blockade operations, port security, coastal patrol and brown-water combat operations - missions that remain core competencies of the Coast Guard in future combat operations. The service's operations during the Civil War also reinforced the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service's reputation as a legitimate branch of the armed forces.
Categories: Marine Safety

Fixing the Coast Guard with math

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 16:11
Each year the Coast Guard presents capstone problems to Coast Guard Academy cadets to help solve centric problems from operation units like aircraft inventory costs, training assignments, cutter operations, etc. During the 2018 Service Academy Student Mathematics Conference held at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, 30 cadets and midshipmen presented their senior research projects to an audience of peers. These projects allowed students to gain real world experience during their final semester and an opportunity to provide solutions that would have a substantial effect on the service.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: First Class Cadet A.J. Read

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:03
For the past four years, U.S. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet A.J. Read has defended the Bears on the soccer team as a center back, but this summer he takes defense to a new level as he joins Coast Guard Cyber Command in Washington, D.C. The Academy soccer star had a bumpy road trying to find his calling within the Coast Guard - he eventually found his passion within the electrical engineering major leading him to the Coast Guard Academy Cyber Team.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: SPARs – female trailblazers of the Coast Guard

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 09:33
By the end of World War II, nearly 12,000 SPARs had served in the Coast Guard. They pioneered the role of their gender in the service, the federal government and the nation as a whole. They have since helped shape the Coast Guard into a better institution for all men and women and continue to do so today.
Categories: Marine Safety

Coast Guard members soar to the 29th annual Women in Aviation International Conference

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 14:16
More than 40 Coast Guard members attended the 2018 Women in Aviation International Conference in Reno, Nevada, in late March in which attendees participated in general aviation events by visiting booths and displays, attended educational sessions of their choosing, and interacted with others involved in the wide-reaching aviation community. The Coast Guard attendees returned to their units with renewed vigor, broadened knowledge and understanding and hopefulness for the future of the Coast Guard.
Categories: Marine Safety

Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Spotlight: Laser light communication system CG-HALLTS

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 15:17
Coast Guard Law Enforcement personnel need an unambiguous tool to better attract boaters’ attention and communicate with them. The Coast Guard Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Program is currently testing a possible solution: a Hailing Acoustic Laser Light Tactical System appropriately called CG-HALLTS. Instead of launching a small boat or dispatching a helicopter to determine a boater's intent, the Coast Guard may be able to de-escalate a high-alert scenario with CG-HALLTS.
Categories: Marine Safety

Designing the Coast Guard’s role in the Arctic

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 14:49
The Coast Guard's missions in the Arctic are evolving with the changing landscape. Six teams of Coast Guard Academy cadets have been working on their capstone projects exploring and designing icebreakers capable of operating in both the Arctic and Great Lakes, as well as applying conceptual understanding of the Arctic domain to build foundational relationships between Arctic nations.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Station Chatham auxiliarists

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 08:00
Coast Guard Auxiliary members man the Coast Guard Station Chatham's communications watch room for hundreds of shifts throughout the year answering telephone and radio calls, monitoring and responding to emergency channels, issuing weather and sea condition alerts, and operating as key team members of Coast Guard search and rescue operations. As volunteers, their goal is to free up time for new station crew members to prepare for their own future communications and boat crew assignments.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Bertholf – second founder of the Coast Guard

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 11:37
The story of Ellsworth Bertholf is lost and forgotten to the American public, but to members of the Coast Guard past and present, he remains a legacy through his heroic feats in Alaska, his role in establishing the Coast Guard as a military service, and the distinguished National Security Cutter that now bears his name.
Categories: Marine Safety

Adm. Paul Zukunft’s Leadership Address 2018 at Coast Guard Academy

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 11:35
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft spoke at the Coast Guard Academy's annual Commandant Leadership Address discussing dealing with people in positions of authority and influences and perfecting the art of listening.
Categories: Marine Safety

Shutter Showdown 2018 Champion

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 21:16
The votes have been counted and the winner of the 2018 Shutter Showdown competition is...
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: BM1 Krystyna Duffy – the fourth active female surfman

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 08:53
Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna Duffy pursued her dream to become a Coast Guard surfman her entire career. Duffy had to rely on her network and community of people who care and were willing to stand for her to help her achieve her dream. She is now the fourth active female surfman in the Coast Guard.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Holly Harrison – Bronze Star Recipient of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:08
Holly Harrison became commanding officer of the Coast Guard Aquidneck in 2002 where she took part in Operation Iraqi Freedom becoming the first Coast Guard woman to command a Coast Guard cutter in combat. Under her command, Aquidneck and Harrison's dedicated crew conducted innumerable maritime interdiction, search and rescue, escort and combat-related operations earning Harrison the Bronze Star Medal, of which she was the first woman in service history to achieve.
Categories: Marine Safety

Operation Deep Freeze: An aging ship

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 13:28
The Polar Star’s engineering department ensures the ship’s mechanical and electrical equipment is working properly, but the harsh conditions of Antarctica provide many challenges for the aging ship, which has been around longer than many of its crew members.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Coast Guard, 14 degrees south of the Equator

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 14:44
The crew of Marine Safety Detachment American Samoa consists of two officers, a first class petty officer, and a GS-12 civilian who conduct about 50 vessel exams consisting mostly of commercial fishing vessels and 25 to 30 investigations varying from pollution to marine causalities annually. While tours are short, around one year, on the island, the crews work to build strong relationships with the communities through boating and safety education as well as participating in community events.
Categories: Marine Safety

The right whale to save

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 15:49
The Coast Guard’s legacy of environmental protection dates back to the late 1800s with the signing of the Fur Seal Act of 1897, charging the Coast Guard with the vital role of enforcing natural resource laws. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadets Ainsley Fruhwirth and Zoe Bolling, both marine science majors, have spent the last two years working on saving the right whales as part of their capstone research project.
Categories: Marine Safety