Senior Chief Petty Officer Marilyn Dufrat (center), a victim's advocate, shows off her award with her senior reserve officer, Cmdr. Maureen Kallgren.

Victims advocate receives state award

Senior Chief Petty Officer Marilyn Dufrat was awarded the Unsung Hero Award from Attorney General of Virginia Mark Herring at the attorney general’s office in Richmond, Virginia, on April 12, 2018. Dufrat has been the manager of the victim-support program for the last 16 years. Her staff offers information and services to victims and witnesses with the goal of reducing confusion during what can be a complicated, lengthy ordeal.


Seaman Rafael Omar Gomez Negron at U.S. Coast Guard Station Washington. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick.

Category 5 lifestyle

Rafael Omar Gomez Negron left his home in Puerto Rico to join the U.S. Coast Guard with a very limited English vocabulary. He struggled through boot camp only to have more stress heaped on him when his family on Puerto Rico were in the direct path of Hurricane Irma last September. Negron put everything he had into learning English to excel in his job as a watchstander and boat crew member at his first station in Washington, D.C. Learn more about Negron’s extraordinary journey into America’s Coast Guard.


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.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashlee Leppert, an avionics electrical technician from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, takes a moment to reflect during ongoing missions in Houston while deployed for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: AET2 Ashlee Leppert

When Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August 2017, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashlee Leppert was one of the first aircrew members to deploy amidst raging winds and rising floodwaters. For her rescue efforts, President Donald Trump recognized Leppert and the hundreds of other Coast Guard members who responded to the hurricane at his 2018 State of the Union address.


Coast Guard Cutter Bear conducts sea trials after completing construction. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard Cutter Bear celebrates 35 years of service

In its 35 years of service, Coast Guard Cutter Bear and its crews have valiantly service the nation providing humanitarian aid, drug and immigration enforcement, and search and rescue. Through it all, Bear’s most defining achievement is sharing the knowledge that there is no stronger bond than that shared by the crew. Bear crews define themselves as “first in fleet, and second to none.”


The crew of Coast Guard Cutter James pose for a group photo after a drug bust in the Eastern Pacific. U.S Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Cutter James

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James is the recipient of the Capt. Hopley Yeaton Outstanding Cutter Award for their unbreakable resilience in not only breathing life into the steel of the ship, but by building James into one of the Coast Guard’s greatest assets in counter-narcotic operations. In only two patrols, James and its crew interdicted 22 drug smuggling vessels, seized 16,815 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated value of $560 million, and apprehended 70 suspected narcotics traffickers.


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.


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.


Coast Guard members serve their local communities

This holiday season Coast Guard units throughout the service are giving back to the communities in which they serve. From Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio and New Hampshire, here are a few examples.


Salvaging boats, protecting the environment: The aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017. Two months after the storm has passed, the devastation lingers; families are displaced, homes have been torn-apart, and destroyed boats sit sunken in harbors or have washed ashore. The Coast Guard, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continue working on organizing salvage and removal operations for displaced, sunken and wrecked vessels throughout the island.


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