Coast Guard unloads more than 1,200 Christmas trees in Chicago

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.


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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Mr. George Jackson

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.”


It's back...Coast Guard 2014 Videos of the Year

It’s back…2014 Coast Guard Video of the Year!

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!


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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Robert Powers

“Never quit.” This one, powerful phrase has been carried throughout military bases since 2006 by American 300 Foundation creator, Robert Powers.


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National Coast Guard Museum: Making progress

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.


Coast Guard VeteranTristan Heaton continues service with the Department of Veteran's Affairs, acting as the head of their summer Adaptive Sports programs. Photo courtesy of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans Day: Paying service forward

Members who serve in any of the five armed services earn a highly coveted title that can never be taken from them: Veteran. Coast Guard Veteran Tristan Heaton has utilized the skills and training gained in his service to help other veterans as part of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Adaptive Sports program.


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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Auxiliarist Roland “Larry” Johnson

Coast Guard Auxiliarists act as force multipliers for Coast Guard units across the nation. This all-volunteer service assist Coast Guard men and women on a daily basis by patrolling our waterways, conducting over flights for various operations and teaching people across the country the importance of safe boating practices


Mike Di Trani, command security officer at U.S. Coast Guard Sector New York, debriefs with members of the Coast Guard Police Department, Maritime Safety and Security Team New York, Coast Guard Investigative Service, Sector New York and Coast Guard Auxiliary after the last group of runners cross the start line of the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on Fort Wadsworth, Nov. 2, 2014. The group discusses the effectiveness of the measures put in place to ensure the safety and security of all the runners and vendors and how to improve for 2015’s event. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ann Marie Gorden

Coast Guard ensures safety for 2014 NYC Marathon

Coast Guard Sector New York shares a unique history with the New York City Marathon in that the race pre-stages its runners at Fort Wadsworth, which is co-located with the Sector in Staten Island. For 18 years, the Coast Guard has been behind the scenes, working to produce a functioning event and ensuring that every aspect of the start of the race runs smoothly for the athletes, spectators, and volunteers.


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Coast Guard, Milwaukee Admirals score goal with developing partnership

With a name like “Admirals,” it seems only natural that the popular American Hockey League team in Milwaukee would forge a relationship with the Coast Guard in that city. And that’s exactly what has developed during the past few years thanks to Sector Lake Michigan’s community outreach efforts.


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Building the national security cutter: A sponsor’s role

Being the spouse of an ‘ancient mariner’ provides a unique perspective into the world of Coast Guard cutters and life at sea. However, Linda Kapral Papp, wife of retired Adm. Bob Papp, is getting a different view of the cutter fleet through her new role: sponsor of the Coast Guard’s fourth National Security Cutter, Hamilton.


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