Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet A.J. Read poses for a photo between Hamilton and Chase Hall at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., April 4, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: First Class Cadet A.J. Read

For the past four years, U.S. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet A.J. Read has defended the Bears on the soccer team as a center back, but this summer he takes defense to a new level as he joins Coast Guard Cyber Command in Washington, D.C. The Academy soccer star had a bumpy road trying to find his calling within the Coast Guard – he eventually found his passion within the electrical engineering major leading him to the Coast Guard Academy Cyber Team.


A World War II recruiting poster for SPARs, the Women’s Reserve branch of the U.S. Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard image.

The Long Blue Line: SPARs – female trailblazers of the Coast Guard

By the end of World War II, nearly 12,000 SPARs had served in the Coast Guard. They pioneered the role of their gender in the service, the federal government and the nation as a whole. They have since helped shape the Coast Guard into a better institution for all men and women and continue to do so today.


All of the Coast Guard members who attended the Women in Aviation International 2018 Conference pose for a group photo at the conclusion of the event in Reno, Nev., March 22, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard members soar to the 29th annual Women in Aviation International Conference

More than 40 Coast Guard members attended the 2018 Women in Aviation International Conference in Reno, Nevada, in late March in which attendees participated in general aviation events by visiting booths and displays, attended educational sessions of their choosing, and interacted with others involved in the wide-reaching aviation community. The Coast Guard attendees returned to their units with renewed vigor, broadened knowledge and understanding and hopefulness for the future of the Coast Guard.


Commodore Bertholf, first commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and first flag officer in the service’s history. U.S. Coast Guard image.

The Long Blue Line: Bertholf – second founder of the Coast Guard

The story of Ellsworth Bertholf is lost and forgotten to the American public, but to members of the Coast Guard past and present, he remains a legacy through his heroic feats in Alaska, his role in establishing the Coast Guard as a military service, and the distinguished National Security Cutter that now bears his name.


The Coast GUard Academy's regimental commander 1st Class Cadet Kurt Camiske gives Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft a Coast Guard Academy hat as a gift for speaking at the Academy's annual Leadership Address, March 7, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Foguth.

Adm. Paul Zukunft’s Leadership Address 2018 at Coast Guard Academy

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft spoke at the Coast Guard Academy’s annual Commandant Leadership Address discussing dealing with people in positions of authority and influences and perfecting the art of listening.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: EM2 Kelly Yost, an electrician to keep an “ion”

When Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Yost decided to become an electrician’s mate (EM), she knew she was entering a world where she would have her physical and mental capacities tested.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Crocker stands for a photo upon receiving the International Ice Patrol's Enlisted Person of the Year award in New London, Conn. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MST3 Jennifer Crocker

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Crocker, a marine science technician at the International Ice Patrol unit in New London, Connecticut, serves as a role model to her peers through dedication, leadership and professionalism. Crocker was recently named the IIP’s Enlisted Person of the Year for her outstanding representation of the service to local schools as well as coordinating memorials for several historically significant events.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft testifies during the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., March 14, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley.

Coast Guard commandant testifies before Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Marine Transportation

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft testified on the military branch’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. He highlighted the service’s efforts to combat dangerous transnational organized crime networks and the funding and support of the Coast Guard’s future major cutter fleet to include Offshore Patrol Cutters, Fast Response Cutters, National Security Cutters and the polar icebreaker program.


The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star sits moored at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Jan. 19, 2018. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star was on deployment to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen.

Operation Deep Freeze: Arrival to McMurdo

The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star’s commanding officer gives insight on what made the Operation Deep Freeze 2018 mission a success. Through dedication and devotion to duty, the crew once again accomplished their mission breaking ice and creating a navigable channel through the Antarctic to National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Botts, a company commander at Training Center Cape May, has his new rank pinned on him by his daughter and Chief Warrant Officer Jeremiah Savali after being meritoriously promoted to petty officer 1st class as part of the Meritorious Advancement Program, March 2, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard W. Brahm.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: SK1 Kyle Botts

The Coast Guard recently recognized the very first meritorious advancement as part of the Meritorious Advancement Program at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Botts, a company commander and storekeeper, advanced to petty officer 1st class through his leadership, hard work and exceptional adherence to the core values of “Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.”


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