Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Kimberly Young-McLear, Petty Officer 1st Class Sheldon Williams
Roy Wilkins was a prominent civil rights activist who dedicated years of service to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Each year, the U.S. Coast Guard and the other military services participate in the NAACP National Award Ceremony that recognizes military and civilian members who have made significant contributions to civil rights and equal opportunity. This year’s Coast Guard recipients of the Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award were Lt. Kimberly Young-McLear and Petty Officer 1st Class Sheldon Williams.
The Long Blue Line: Coast Guardsman Eliot Winslow, Nazi Johann-Heinrich Fehler and the surrender of U-234
This is the tale of two combat captains. Each of them shared a love for the sea, the ability to command a crew under extreme conditions, and a loyalty to their nation and its wartime cause. But at the same time, they fought on opposing sides of World War II.
Former Coast Guardsman Jim Briggs, one of the first American crewmembers on the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, was able to check the last item off his bucket list recently: visiting his old cutter 66 years after he left it.
Lt. Cmdr. Harry Greene has a passion for flying both on and off duty. He is a helicopter pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and an aircraft enthusiast in his off-duty time.
Chief Petty Officer Timothy Soboleski, a reserve electrician’s mate stationed at Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, Michigan, carries on the chief’s strong tradition of enlisted leadership. Soboleski was recognized for his leadership when he was awarded the 2015 Master Chief Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award – Reserves.
Units and personnel of the U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor services have served with distinction in every major American conflict since the founding of the United States. The Persian Gulf War proved no exception to this rule.
Thanks to an opportunity from the Academy’s Alumni Association, Christian and his classmate Jim Mongold set sail aboard the Coast Guard Eagle once again, sailing from London to Madeira, Portugal during this summer’s training cruise. The former cadets hadn’t been on the Eagle for 40 years.
Today, Coast Guard Vice Commandant Adm. Charles Michel appeared before the House Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee to discuss Coast Guard capabilities in the Arctic. During the hearing, the Vice Commandant highlighted the various operations the Coast Guard performs in the polar regions, including the protection of living and non-living marine resources, economic development, scientific research, pollution response, search and rescue and national defense.
Mahatma Gandhi once said the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. He believed that serving the needs of others better served humanity. While the Coast Guard Cutter Kukui crew was conducting a patrol in the Central and Western Pacific Ocean, an opportunity to help others presented itself and they jumped at the chance.
George Gray Award for Artistic Excellence recipient, Robert Semler’s 50-some-odd years of artistry certainly speaks for itself. He received his fourth George Gray Award for his Coast Guard-inspired painting titled “Guardians of the Sea.”