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!
“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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.