NORFOLK (June 4, 2014) Retired Coast Guard Electrician's Mate 1st Class Paul Johnson, from London, finishes his race at the 2014 Wounded Warrior Swimming Trials at Naval Station Norfolk. The trials are an annual athletic competition hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee that brings together more than 200 wounded warriors from all branches of military service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber N. O'Donovan/Released)

Wounded warrior, retired Coast Guardsman to participate in “Invictus Games”

I am deeply honored to have been offered a chance to represent my new country, my teammates and my service at the Invictus Games. I will be the only Coast Guardsman on the U.S. team.


Coast Guard RDC, Cutter Healy underway for Arctic Shield 2014

Coast Guard RDC, Cutter Healy underway for Arctic Shield 2014

A team of scientists from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, New London, Connecticut, is currently underway aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy for a series of technology evaluations in the Arctic. The team departed Seward, Alaska, August 8 and is currently conducting operations off the North Slope.


Lt. Hillary Allegretti proudly displays her tgold medal after winning the Women's 30-34 age group triathlon at the 9th Gay Games. Photo courtesy of Lt. Hillary Allegretti.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: LT Hillary Allegretti

Anyone who meets Lt. Hillary Allegretti walks away with two distinct impressions – she loves the Coast Guard and is equally passionate about running. What baffles the mind is how she finds time to be so successful at both. When she dons her uniform, Allegretti serves as the waterways management chief and senior investigating officer for all federal marine casualties at Marine Safety Unit Cleveland. In her spare time, she is a marathoner who competes in Olympic-distance triathlons to “break the monotony of preparing for a marathon.”


Buffalo marine inspector

Lessons from 30-year old disaster still saving lives today

The SS Marine Electric sunk amidst a strong storm off the coast of Virginia on Feb. 12, 1983. Of the crew of 34, only three survived. In response to the sinking, the Coast Guard convened a marine board to investigate the causes surrounding the disaster. The resulting report was released 30 years ago this summer and would significantly alter the safety culture throughout the maritime community.


Petty Officer Yuliya Zelenskaya, a food specialist aboard Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Recipe for success: FS2 Yuliya Zelenskaya

Born in Kazakhstan, growing up in America and now serving in the galley aboard Coast Guard Cutter Charles Sexton, Zelenskaya has left a lasting impression on her shipmates through her love of country, her passion for using food to knit the crew together and her “cheesy bread” recipe which is a personal favorite of Sexton’s commanding officer, Lt. Kevin Connell.


Senior Chief Petty Officer Peter MacDougall passes the mantle of Enlisted Ancient Albatross of the Coast Guard to Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Ferreira. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell

Flying dinosaurs

Senior Chief Petty Officer Peter MacDougall recalled the dark and stormy nights he went out into, knowing his wife could hear the helicopter take off from their house, imagining the anxiety it caused her. He spoke about the close calls. He spoke about survivors he rescued from the grip of the sea, and the men and women he served alongside who made each of his 40 years of service special.


Charlene James Benoit, great-great niece of Capt. Joshua James, smashes a bottle across the bow of the Ingalls-built National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754). Supporting her are (left to right) Capt. Andrew Tiongson, the ship’s prospective commanding officer; Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger, vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard; and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. Photo by Lance Davis

Honoring a legacy of life-saving

“Joshua James exhibited a commitment to excellence that permeates the Coast Guard to this day,” said Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger. “He embodied the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty and the guiding principles articulated in our new Commandant’s Direction long before we ever wrote them down.”


OS2 Neumann

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: OS2 Lindsey Neumann

When the tour ship HMS Bounty started sinking off the coast of North Carolina in 2012, Operations Specialist 2nd Class Lindsey Neumann answered the distress call that launched 14 aircraft and two ships to safely rescue 14 members of the 16-man crew.


Boaters found to be impaired while boating can expect penalties to be severe. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.

6 most common rumors about alcohol and boating

It’s nearly Friday! Getting ready to go kick back on the boat this weekend? Relax, unwind, invite some friends and have some beers, right? Think twice before you get behind the wheel of a boat while intoxicated, though.


RIMPAC 2014

RIMPAC 2014: Aligning maritime forces

During the Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014, Coast Guard Cutter Waesche’s crewmembers worked hand-in-hand with Australia, Brunei, China, France, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and the U.S. Navy in a multitude of exercises ranging from maritime interdiction, search and rescue and counter-piracy to tactical maneuvering, fueling and replenishments at sea, and a live-fire gunnery exercise.


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