Quartermaster 1st class on Todd Talasky on the Coast Guard Cutter Conifer.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MSSD4 Todd Talasky

A lot can change over four decades. If you ask Coast Guard veterans or a senior member like Todd Talasky, they describe a very different Coast Guard, filled with initiations and beards, some as long as ZZ-top.


NORFOLK (June 4, 2014) Retired Coast Guard Electrician's Mate 1st Class Paul Johnson, from London, finishes his race at the 2014 Wounded Warrior Swimming Trials at Naval Station Norfolk. The trials are an annual athletic competition hosted by the U.S. Olympic Committee that brings together more than 200 wounded warriors from all branches of military service. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber N. O'Donovan/Released)

Wounded warrior, retired Coast Guardsman to participate in “Invictus Games”

I am deeply honored to have been offered a chance to represent my new country, my teammates and my service at the Invictus Games. I will be the only Coast Guardsman on the U.S. team.


Seaman Derrian Duryea swims through the water

Chasing a dream

Listening to the helicopter’s rotor blades slice through the night sky while watching his feet dangle above the turbulent water, the words “never quit,” repeated over and over in his head. Never quit – words Seaman Derrian Duryea repeated to himself before high school swim meets and now words he lives by as a Coast Guardsman.


Adm. Zukunft

224 years of Service to Nation

But today – while seemingly familiar in sight and sound – was far from typical. Today marks 224 years of exceptional service by the men and women of America’s Coast Guard. It was Aug. 4, 1790, when President George Washington signed an act bringing to life ten cutters “to be employed for the protection of the revenue.” Alexander Hamilton first conceptualized these cutters as a viable asset for the country; at the time, he wrote, “a few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws.”


Flags

President Obama’s birthday message to the Coast Guard

Today the Coast Guard celebrates 224 years of service to the nation. As we celebrate our anniversary, we also share our birthday with the commander in chief, President Barack Obama. We wish President Obama a happy 53rd birthday and share with you his birthday letter to the Coast Guard as we celebrate more than two centuries of honor, respect and devotion to duty.


Instagram photos

Sharing the Coast Guard’s story

Social media has changed the way we connect with others, engage in conversations or share our mutual interests. Social media is part of our daily lives. That means social media is part of telling the Coast Guard’s story.


Letter of Intent

A ‘Royal’ relationship

Beginning in October, several enlisted Coast Guardsmen will join their seagoing counterparts from the U.K. to support the manpower needs of its Type 23 frigates. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft and First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff of the U.K. Royal Navy Sir Adm. George Zambellas signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday, which aims to strengthen the maritime partnership between the United States and the United Kingdom.


Memorabilia showcased at a memorial service for Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrrell Horne III. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo.

Coast Guard to name cutter for BMCS Terrell Horne III

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft announced today the Coast Guard will name a cutter in honor of Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III who died on Dec. 2, 2012, while carrying out law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz, California. The Commandant personally informed the Horne family earlier today a fast response cutter will bear Terrell’s name in honor of his sacrifice and faithful service in defense of his nation.


Rep. Price

The spirit of Bertholf: Rep. David Price

More than 3,000 Coast Guard members call North Carolina home. North Carolina is also home to Rep. David Price, the 2013 recipient of the Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf Award. The annual award is a way to recognize members of Congress who exemplify the spirit of the award’s namesake – the service’s first commandant.


Testimony

Vice Adm. Neffenger testifies on implementing US policy in the Arctic

Today, Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger testified on implementing U.S. policy in the Arctic before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The Vice Commandant led his opening statement by sharing his personal experience with Coast Guard operations in the Arctic; experiences that have shaped his understanding of the service’s role as the nation’s lead federal agency for ensuring maritime safety and security in the region.


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