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.
With the introduction of the newest Coast Guard National Security Cutter, the Joshua James, we set out to find out what impact Capt. Joshua James has had on the modern-day Coast Guard. Here are a few Coast Guardsmen who serve today and bear his name, whether intentionally or by coincidence.
The diversity offered by each and every service member, and how that diversity contributes to mission success was the topic of discussion at this week’s annual National Naval Officers Association, or NNOA, conference in Point Loma, California. The conference brought together members of the Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Merchant Marines and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support the NNOA’s mission of providing professional development for the diverse officer corps within these sea-going services.
A strong leader leads by example and will do the right thing – even when no one is looking.
“Those are two leadership characteristics that I try to exemplify,” said Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Schock, a Coast Guard marine investigator. Schock recently received the Coast Guard Award for Excellence in Marine Inspections for his dedication to the Coast Guard and his team.
“This is part of the Coast Guard’s embrace of cyberspace as an operating domain,” said Rear Adm. Marshall Lytle, assistant commandant for C4IT and commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command. “We’re starting with a small team at Coast Guard Cyber Command performing computer network defense functions that provide initial protect, detect and respond missions to cyber incidents. We need to continue to build capacity and capability, and form a team of Coast Guardsmen based on cyber skills to perform specialized tasks to detect and defend against attackers and support DOD’s defend the nation mission.”
For 225 years, the Coast Guard has served as the nation’s lead Federal maritime law enforcement agency, protecting our shores each and every day. The Coast Guard also serves as one of the nation’s five armed forces, assisting in the defense of our nation during times of war.
Ancient Keeper. It may sound like an insult, but for Master Chief Petty Officer Terry Lathrop, it’s his new well-deserved title. In a ceremony held last week, Master Chief Petty Officer James Clemens, who retired from the Coast Guard with 30 years of service, relinquished his title of the Coast Guard’s Ancient Keeper to Lathrop during a special ceremony, which followed the station’s change of watch.
Military leadership is often perceived as those who hold a high rank, part of a command staff, who foster the development of their junior members to one day become leaders themselves. But as with Coast Guardsmen like Petty Officer 2nd Class Noel Cordero, a junior member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, a good leader can come from any rank.
The Class of 2019, the largest class in the last four years, continues to maintain recent gains made in diversity with 33 percent of the class from underrepresented minorities and 35 percent women. R-Day is the start of Swab Summer, an exciting and intense seven-week training period that forms the foundation of each cadet’s Academy experience and military career, preparing them for the stressful, high-profile missions they may encounter as commissioned officers in the U.S. Coast Guard.