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Lt. Christine Igisomar takes pride in her Saipan heritage and heavily promotes diversity and equality within the workforce at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach in California. Igisomar was awarded the Federal Asian Pacific American Council Military Meritorious Service Award for her significant contributions toward the advancement of Asian Pacific Americans and for promoting diversity and equal employment opportunity in the federal workforce.


The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Cypress cruises through the banks of the Mississippi River to participate in the 2018 New Orleans Fleet Week events. The crew enjoyed several morale events as well as hosted events and tours for the public. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Lee Nelson.

Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Cypress draws crowds at New Orleans Fleet Week

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Cypress represented the service as part of the 2018 New Orleans Fleet Week from April 20-23, 2018. This year’s event on the banks of the Mississippi River accompanied the city’s Tri-Centennial celebration and Tall Ship Festival.


Chatham Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla members (left to right) Bruce Brady, Michael Hays, David Quincy and Larry Foss man the watch room in Coast Guard Station Chatham, Mass., Feb. 15, 2018. The auxiliary members man the station's communications watch room for hundreds of shifts throughout the year answering telephone and radio calls, monitoring and responding to emergency channels, issuing weather and sea condition alerts, and operating as key team members of Coast Guard search and rescue operations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Reid Oslin.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Station Chatham auxiliarists

Coast Guard Auxiliary members man the Coast Guard Station Chatham’s communications watch room for hundreds of shifts throughout the year answering telephone and radio calls, monitoring and responding to emergency channels, issuing weather and sea condition alerts, and operating as key team members of Coast Guard search and rescue operations. As volunteers, their goal is to free up time for new station crew members to prepare for their own future communications and boat crew assignments.


Participants of a 10-day joint military bilateral exercise, Gema Bhakti 17 (GB17) take a group photo during the event in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Unity in Diversity: Coast Guard lends support to bilateral exercise in Indonesia

Bhinneka tunggal ika, the Indonesian national motto, means “unity in diversity.” This theme resonated with two reservists from Coast Guard Reserve Unit Pacific Command (USPACOM) who traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago, in September 2017. Capt. Joanna Hiigel and Cmdr. John Mower traveled halfway around the world to support the 10-day joint military bilateral exercise, Gema Bhakti 17 (GB17). This was the fifth exercise of its kind held between the U.S. and Indonesia’s military, Tentara National Indonesia. It was designed to enhance collaboration and skill in planning a response to a regional crisis, with an emphasis on maritime security.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Davey Connor

Helping others and saving lives is what being a member of the Coast Guard is all about. When Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, Lt. Davey Connor deployed from Sector Jacksonville to assist in relief efforts. Between shifts, Connor made it his personal mission to help save as many homeless dogs left in the wake of the hurricane.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick

Less than a year has passed since the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick took to the sea and traveled 6,200 miles from Key West, Florida, to its homeport of Ketchikan, Alaska. Despite the long trip and drastic change of climate, the crew’s performance remained intact. This resilience was recognized by the Douglas Munro Chapter of the Surface Navy Association that awarded the crew of the cutter John McCormick with the 2017 Hopley Yeaton Cutter Excellence Award (small cutter).


Coast Guard reservists pause for a photo at Station Apra Harbor in Guam. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Levasseur.

Guam’s Guardians: How reservists make the difference

Guam may be where America’s day begins, but at Station Apra Harbor in Santa Rita, Guam, reservists are known to be busy day and night. The Coast Guard Reserve has a long history of serving the people of the Pacific and continues to play a critical role in the local community.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Maritime Safety and Security Team Miami

The summer and fall of 2017 saw a nearly unprecedented string of hurricanes impacting the southeastern United States. As always, of course, Coast Guard units responded to every storm, providing rescue, recovery, and security assistance in areas that had been ravaged by extreme weather. For Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) Miami in particular, it was a uniquely trying time in which personnel truly distinguished themselves through their perseverance and dedication: five weeks, three storm responses, an evacuation of their own homes, and a unit that came together through a difficult period to accomplish diverse missions and take care of their fellow Coast Guard members.


Volunteers from Coast Guard Headquarters pose for a group shot after preparing 204 gift bags at a Gift Drive Packing Party for local communities in Washington, D.C., Dec. 13, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Headquarters holiday volunteers

Headquarters personnel were asked to donate gift bags for teen boys and girls, filled with gift cards and electronic items such as headphones and portable chargers. Numerous individuals and teams, including those from the Coast Guard Officers Association, contributed cash donations for the drive. In the final tally, the results were amazing — 204 gift bags, a 25 percent increase from last year. Additionally, 40 volunteers helped prepare the gift bags and delivered them to the local community.


Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Centeno talks with local boat owners in an effort to identify owners of boats stranded from Hurricane Maria and inform them of a no-cost option to have their vessel removed, Vieques, Puerto Rico, Dec. 4, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando.

Coast Guard works to identify owners of stranded boats in Puerto Rico

In response to Hurricane Maria Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Centeno and other Spanish speaking Coast Guard members worked with the Vessel Owner Outreach Group in efforts to identify owners of boats stranded in Hurricane Maria, and offer them a no-cost option to salvage the vessels, to either return them or transport them for disposal.


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