Carrying on a maritime tradition: Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw acts as Chicago’s ‘Christmas Tree Ship’
For the past 15 years, the annual re-enactment of the original Christmas Ship, Rouse Simmons, by Chicago’s maritime community and the Coast Guard has resurrected a storied tradition dating back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. People have come to know the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw as the modern day Christmas Ship, and some await its arrival the same way people did on the banks of the Chicago River more than 100 years ago.
For nearly 35 years, George Jackson has had a very special mission for the U.S. military. Each holiday season for more than three decades, his deep appreciation for the men and women of the armed forces has guided his passion: to bring happiness and cheer to those whom he most respected. “I’m a volunteer,” said Jackson. “I don’t do it for the money, I do it to make people happy.”
We are pleased to announce the 2014 nominees for Coast Guard Video of the Year. We’ve selected the top 10 videos, the best of the best, as this year’s nominees. Now, we need your help in deciding the top Coast Guard video for 2014!
Hughes, whose mother was a WAVE during World War II, knew nothing about her mother’s service. She said her mother never spoke of her service and never kept any records. Hughes only learned of her mother’s service from a photograph sent to Hughes by her cousin after her mother had passed away. In the photo, her mother was 25 years old and graduating from officer candidate school. And now, this project will help to preserve the history and honor women that choose to serve our country and ensure their legacies do not go untold.
When you ask someone what he or she enjoys most about being in the Coast Guard, the answer isn’t usually creativity. But for Petty Officer 1st Class Mason Champlin, it’s the creative freedom that makes coming to work each and every day enjoyable.
For more than a decade, the U.S. military has employed unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, to patrol the skies over targets and areas of interest, providing critical surveillance capabilities without putting pilots and crew in harm’s way. With the recent demonstration of hand-launched UAS on board a Sector Miami Fast Response Cutter, the Coast Guard is continuing its evaluation of UAS capabilities and potential incorporation into future cutter operations.
“Never quit.” This one, powerful phrase has been carried throughout military bases since 2006 by American 300 Foundation creator, Robert Powers.
The board of directors of the National Coast Guard Museum Association reviewed and approved new renderings of the building that will encompass all facets of the United States Coast Guard – land, sea and air.
For more than 200 years, the Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, have partnered together in maritime resiliency, environmental sustainability and scientific research.
“Together with my shipmates, we’re beginning the most important milestones in the life of a cutter,” said Capt. Doug Fears, Hamilton’s commanding officer and the most senior member of the crew. “The Cutter Hamilton is now officially in active service to execute the most challenging maritime security, law enforcement, and national defense missions.”