Throughout his time at the Coast Guard Academy, Capt. John Dickens, command chaplain, has worked tirelessly to further the Chaplain Corps motto of ‘Called to Serve.’ His leadership at all levels made Dickens an unparalleled choice to receive the John H. Craven Servant Leadership Award.
As Coast Guardsmen, we are trained and are always prepared to respond to emergency situations, but it’s rare that we’re called into action to fight what is being described as one of the worst wildland fires in the last 15 years. That is just what Fire Capt. Chad Davis, firefighter James Jeffers and Chief Petty Officer Nathan Mahoney did from July 29-August 5, as they, along with thousands of other firefighters, battled the Rocky Fire in Northern California.
The Coast Guard Art Program uses fine art as an outreach tool for educating diverse audiences about the U.S. Coast Guard. The artists that participate in the program obtain these scenes through stock photography taken by Coast Guard members or through first-hand experience by spending time with Coast Guard units.
Sometimes, the men and women that represent the U.S. Coast Guard wear a different type of uniform: a rugby jersey. Each year, the Coast Guard rugby team participates in the Armed Forces Rugby Tournament, a smaller tournament within the Serevi Rugbytown Sevens tournament. At the tournament, the team competes against rugby teams from all other branches of the armed forces.
After traveling to four foreign nations, navigating through a hurricane and steaming more than 9,000 miles over 46 days, Coast Guard Cutter Farallon has arrived in its new homeport of Valdez, Alaska.
“Joshua James began his life-saving career at 15 and saved more than 600 lives,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. “What better namesake for a ship and crew that will serve our Nation with pride for the next half century saving lives, stopping smugglers, maintaining safety and security in the Arctic and wherever national objectives may require.”
“For me, the entire event was incredibly inspirational,” said Lt. Eric Libner. “The children and families of Camp Sunshine are incredibly brave and strong people. These children are in a daily fight for their lives and being a part of this event was in incredibly easy decision. It was an honor to be a part of this event. To be able to spend the day training with a group of my heroes so that we can raise money for our military families made this an easy choice. I look forward to being a part of another crazy adventure for next year.”
Today, the Coast Guard celebrates 225 years of Service to Nation. As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, we also share our birthday with the commander in chief, President Barack Obama. We wish President Obama a happy 54th birthday and share with you his birthday letter to the Coast Guard as we celebrate Service to Nation – 225 years strong.
The Coast Guard continues to celebrate the legacy of its formative services and the heroism of those who served. Our missions may have changed over the years, but one thing has remained constant: the selfless service of each and every person that takes the oath to protect their country as part of the U.S. Coast Guard.
“What greater mission is there than saving lives?” This is exactly the thought Auxiliarist Jacob Thayer has when he thinks about the Coast Guard and why he decided to become a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary.