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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Auxiliary

Fri, 06/22/2018 - 08:00
Today the Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates its proud history of outstanding volunteer service on America’s waterways, turning 79 years young…and its members show no signs of slowing down. Auxiliarists have supported Coast Guard missions along our nation’s coasts and inland waters, with emphasis on the promotion of recreational boating safety, since June 23, 1939, when Congress authorized the formation of the Coast Guard’s “Volunteer Reserve.”
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard joined the fight in Vietnam over 50 years ago

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 08:00
Today, over 50 years after the service joined the fight in Vietnam, we commemorate the Coast Guardsmen who went in harm’s way, several of whom paid with their lives in a land far from home shores. In all, 8,000 Coast Guardsmen served in Vietnam. Their efforts curtailed maritime smuggling and enemy infiltration, saved hundreds of lives, and proved vital to the war effort in Vietnam.
Categories: Marine Safety

Off-duty trooper and reservist improvises rescue

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 08:00
A Coast Guard Reserve petty officer was hailed as a hero in early March after saving an accident victim on the Atlantic City Expressway in Gloucester Township, New Jersey. Minnes, a New Jersey state trooper, pulled a man to safety and provided emergency medical assistance to save the man's life earning him the gratitude of survivor, the governor of New Jersey and the Winslow Fire Department.
Categories: Marine Safety

Victims advocate receives state award

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:00
Senior Chief Petty Officer Marilyn Dufrat was awarded the Unsung Hero Award from Attorney General of Virginia Mark Herring at the attorney general's office in Richmond, Virginia, on April 12, 2018. Dufrat has been the manager of the victim-support program for the last 16 years. Her staff offers information and services to victims and witnesses with the goal of reducing confusion during what can be a complicated, lengthy ordeal.
Categories: Marine Safety

Coast Guard recognized for electronic aids to navigation hurricane response

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 08:00
The U.S. Coast Guard was recognized by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) for its use of electronic Aids to Navigation (eATON) during the 2017 hurricane season. The members of the international technical association selected the U.S. Coast Guard for its best practices award during its quadrennial conference in the Republic of Korea’s third largest city.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: ME1 Jeff Melitski

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 08:00
The Coast Guard prides itself on honor, respect and devotion to duty for the men and women in its ranks. Once a year, a member of the Coast Guard is selected as the top performer in the service for the active duty and the reserve component through the enlisted person of the year program. For 2017, the Coast Guard recently selected New Jersey native Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff P. Melitski as the Coast Guard Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: 75 years ago – Escanaba rescues hundreds then perishes

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 08:00
Following a U-boat attack of the passenger steamer Cherokee, Lt. Robert “Bob” Prause, Jr., developed a cold-water rescue system of tethered rescue swimmers equipped with rubber exposure suits. These came in handy later when the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester was hit by a torpedo in icy waters between Newfoundland and Greenland in 1943. Prause's system was one of the Coast Guard's first successful cold-water rescue methods.
Categories: Marine Safety

Coast Guard veteran dedicates 43 years to keeping mariners safe

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 08:00
Bob Trainor spent 43 years of his life serving with the U.S. Coast Guard, 31 years as an enlisted and later chief warrant officer, and 12 years as a civil servant working at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. For the majority of his years in the service, Trainor worked as a guiding light in the Aids to Navigation field making U.S. waterways safer, more efficient, and more resilient. Fair winds and following seas Mr. Trainor!
Categories: Marine Safety

Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Spotlight: Innovation Awards

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 08:00
The Coast Guard Innovation Council assesses and provides strategic guidance on emerging technologies, missions, gaps, challenges and requirements. Recently, 12 Coast Guard members were honored for ideas that significantly impacted the service's operations with the Capt. Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Awards during the Senior Leadership Conference held at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Jackson’s battle with the rogue waves of ’44

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:07
Hurricane season is upon us and while landfall devastation is a major concern, the waves made in the ocean prove themselves to be just as dangerous. The Coast Guard Cutters Jackson and Bedloe both lost the fight against rogue waves created in the Great Atlantic Hurricane of 1944. These crews will be remembered as part of the service's long blue line for years to come.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Waymando Brown

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 09:06
Lt. Waymando Brown is the 2018 Coast Guard Reserve recipient of the Capt. John G. Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award. Brown, the shore side division security officer for Coast Guard Port Security Unit 308 in Kiln, Mississippi, led his team through the difficult operations in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.
Categories: Marine Safety

Can’t be what you can’t see

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 08:00
Lt. Christine Igisomar takes pride in her Saipan heritage and heavily promotes diversity and equality within the workforce at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach in California. Igisomar was awarded the Federal Asian Pacific American Council Military Meritorious Service Award for her significant contributions toward the advancement of Asian Pacific Americans and for promoting diversity and equal employment opportunity in the federal workforce.
Categories: Marine Safety

U.S. Coast Guard in Belgium! Why?

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 14:41
On April 28, 2018, members of the U.S. Coast Guard Activities Europe attended the annual U.S. Memorial Wereth ceremony in Wereth, Belgium, to honor 11 African-American soldiers murdered by Nazi SS troops during the second day of the Battle of the Bulge. Each year members of the U.S. armed forces throughout Europe, including many members of U.S. Coast Guard Activities Europe, gather in the tiny hamlet of Wereth, Belgium, to help honor and pay respect to the 11 G.I.s from the U.S. Army 333rd Field Artillery Battalion and all African-American G.I.s who fought in Europe during WWII.
Categories: Marine Safety

U.S. Coast Guard welcomes new commandant

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 14:00
Adm. Karl Schultz relieved Adm. Paul F. Zukunft commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard during a military change of command ceremony held Friday, June 1, 2018, at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
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Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Cypress draws crowds at New Orleans Fleet Week

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 15:13
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Cypress represented the service as part of the 2018 New Orleans Fleet Week from April 20-23, 2018. This year’s event on the banks of the Mississippi River accompanied the city’s Tri-Centennial celebration and Tall Ship Festival.
Categories: Marine Safety

“You be the curator” top five results!

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 14:38
A while back, the Coast Guard Museum asked the fleet for help identifying important artifacts that should be documented as a Heritage Asset. They received six suggestions and liked them so much they decided to make all of them a part of the Heritage Asset Collections. Click on the blog to learn which items are now a part of the Heritage Asset Collection.
Categories: Marine Safety