Small boat showing the minimal protection for boat and crew of flak vests and battle helmets. Photo courtesy of Gordon M. Gillies.

The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard small boat ops in Vietnam

During the Vietnam War, the 82-foot “Point”-Class cutters of Squadron One supported small boat reconnaissance missions. Their missions required the small boats to probe the canals and waterways of South Vietnam. These missions gathered intelligence regarding enemy weapons, troop movements, fortified positions and bunkers. Check out the blog to learn more about these dangerous operations, carried out at night and giving new meaning to the service’s old saying, “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.”


Personnel from the Coast Guard Headquarters, Department of Homeland Security, and General Services Administration deliver 323 backpacks for elementary students in three District of Columbia Housing Administration communities. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Equipping local students for a new school year

This summer, t Coast Guard Headquarters partnered with Department of Homeland Security and General Services Administration personnel on the historic St. Elizabeths campus to donate backpacks and school supplies for kindergarten through fifth grade students in several Washington, D.C., communities. The results of the 2018 Back-to-School Backpack Drive were amazing with 323 backpacks filled with the necessary school supplies to help students start the school year off right.


Petty Officer 1st Class Derek Johnson, a culinary specialist aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, conducts an inventory of the cutter's dry food storage while underway in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 16, 2012. Culinary specialists (CS) serve both at sea on Coast Guard cutters and at land units, and receive comprehensive training in all facets of food preparation including culinary fundamentals, advanced culinary methods and techniques, and pastry and baking. Training also includes instruction in accounting and purchasing, inventory management, military leadership, and time management. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

Becoming a leader, not just a delegator

Senior Chief Petty Officer Derek Johnson describes who influenced him and how he became the leader he always wanted to be. Johnson talks about learning from a leader, becoming a leader and training future leaders.


Photograph of USS McKean (APD-5) in camouflage paint scheme. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy.

The Long Blue Line: Tulagi’s coxswains – the service’s 1st Silver Star recipients

The Navy awarded the Silver Star medal to four U.S. Coast Guard coxswains, Daniel Tarr, William Sparling, Harold Miller and Glen Harris, for landing the first wave of Raiders and delivering vitally needed equipment, ammunition and supplies.


Lt. Cmdr. Matt Walter is one of only 2,738 to have earned the international emergency management credential. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard officer earns emergency management credential

A Coast Guard officer who helped coordinate the response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria has earned an international emergency management credential. Lt. Cmdr. Matthew J. Walter received the Certified Emergency Manager credential from the International Association of Emergency Managers in June 2018.


Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Elizabeth Haworth, auxiliary division member aboard Cutter Northland in Portsmouth, Va., poses for a photo in front of the cutter on Base Portsmouth, May 24, 2018. Haworth received the Coast Guard's MCPO Pearl Faurie Leadership Award at the 2018 Joint Women's Leadership Symposium in San Diego, June 21, 2018, and was recognized for her impactful leadership both on and off the cutter. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Cheryl Dixon.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MK2 Elizabeth Haworth

Petty Officer 2nd Class Elizabeth Haworth was recently recognized with the Master Chief Petty Officer Pearl Faurie Inspiration Leadership award at the 2018 Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium in San Diego. Haworth is a leader, a mentor and a teacher. In her spare time, whether at homeport or on port calls, Haworth is an avid volunteer with local communities and president of the unit’s Leadership Diversity Advisory Council.


Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, April 21, 2010. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, while searching for survivors April 21. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon's 126 person crew. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: local enforcer to global responder—nearly 230 years of Coast Guard evolution!

In 1790, Alexander Hamilton established a small fleet of coastal law enforcement vessels to patrol off East Coast seaports. Over the next 228 years, the service experienced rapid growth in its geographic area of responsibility, mandated missions, and organization through mergers with other maritime services, reorganizations, and transfers from one federal agency to another. These frequent changes demanded remarkable flexibility and resourcefulness of the Coast Guard. The service has lived-up to its motto Semper Paratus by adapting and evolving to meet the nation’s changing needs emerging as a global responder known and respected at home and abroad.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Aidalis Mills

Aidalis Mills has been a civil servant at the 9th Coast Guard District for over 20 years. As the Coast Guard Reserve funds manager for the 9th District, Mills’ job is to execute funding associated with reserve affairs for over 450 reservists across the district. She is also the Hispanic Emphasis program manager, a member of the Leadership and Diversity Advisory Committee, a Defense Finance and Accounting Service committee member and a volunteer within the community. Her selfless service has earned her the 2018 George R. Putnam Inspirational Leadership award. Read more to find out what inspires this inspirational leader.


The Class of 2022 participates in Day One, the start of Swab Summer and the beginning of their 200-week journey to becoming an officer, July 2, 2018. Swab Summer is an intensive seven-week program, that prepares students for military and Academy life. Cadre, second class cadets in-charge of the swabs training, will lead swabs through a series of challenging tasks, events and evolutions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Foguth.

Day One

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy renewed a longstanding tradition last week as 279 U.S. cadets and 11 international cadets took part in Day One. Class of 2022 features the largest and most diverse group of international students.


Cmdr. Zeita Merchant stands aboard a Coast Guard smallboat.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Cmdr. Zeita Merchant

Cmdr. Zeita Merchant, commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Chicago, was presented with the 2017 Capt. David H. Jarvis Inspirational Leadership Award by the Navy League in Portland, Oregon, on June 7. The award was presented to the Coast Guard officer who made outstanding contributions to the high standards of leadership traditions in the Coast Guard.


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