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.
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.”
The Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates 77 years of continuous service to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Auxiliary serves as a force multiplier to the U. S. Coast Guard, working alongside active duty and reserve shipmates performing similar tasks and has units all throughout the nation. If you see a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, take a moment to stop and thank them for their service, and wish them a happy birthday!
Like the city it proudly serves, the New Canal Lighthouse in New Orleans is a survivor. In 1893 Hurricane Cheniere Caminada hit New Orleans. The lighthouse was not only the lone structure left standing in the area after the hurricane hit, but it also sheltered more than 200 survivors. Hurricanes pummeled the lighthouse again in 1915, 1926 and 1927. Then it was hit with the double whammy of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that temporarily knocked it out of commission in 2005.
Boat safety training is important for boaters of all experience levels. Statistics show that a greater percent of accidents involving fatalities occurred on boats where the boat operator had received no formal instruction on how to operate the vessel.
Boating under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs continues to be the primary contributing factor in fatal boating accidents where the primary cause was known. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 91 boating fatalities and 228 boating injuries in 2015.
Getting a free vessel safety check ensures you are better prepared if something goes wrong while you’re out on the water and could save your life. The free VSC is performed at your boat – whether in a slip, at the launch ramp, or in your driveway – by a certified vessel examiner, at a mutually-convenient time, and usually takes 30 to 45 minutes, depending upon the size of your boat.
A life jacket buys you time to catch your breath when you fall in the water. It buys you time to try to rescue yourself and get back on your boat or personal watercraft. Wear your life jacket and live to love them another day.
With a max speed of more than 28 knots and a range of nearly 3,000 nautical miles, the Coast Guard’s fast response cutters are crucial to curbing illegal maritime activity. The Coast Guard welcomed the 17th fast response cutter, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley, to the fleet in the cutter’s new home port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 20, 2016.