Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft looks on as Adm. Charles Ray thanks Adm. Chuck Michel for his service as the 30th vice commandant of the Coast Guard during the vice commandant change-of-watch ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2018. During the event, Ray (left) became the 31st vice commandant of the Coast Guard. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley.

U.S. Coast Guard welcomes new vice commandant

Adm. Charles W. Ray relieved Adm. Charles D. Michel as vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard by during a military change-of-watch ceremony Thursday, May 24, 2018, at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in D.C. A change-of-command is a time-honored ceremony that signifies the absolute transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one person to another.

Newly commissioned Ensigns Jacob Brown and Kurt Caminske pause for a moment following the Coast Guard Academy's 2018 Commencement ceremony at the Academy in New London, Conn., May 23, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin.

Future Leaders: Ensigns Kurt Caminske and Jacob Brown

As regimental commanding officer and executive officer of the Coast Guard Academy Corps of Cadets, newly commissioned Ensigns Kurt Caminske and Jacob Brown know what it takes to lead the future leaders of the Coast Guard. Now, after their senior year and graduation, Caminske and Brown are no longer leaders of the Class of 2018, but ensigns in the Coast Guard headed to their new units. These new officers intend to use what they learned as leaders of the Corps of Cadets to serve the Coast Guard and nation with pride and honor.

U.S. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Erin Wright. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Future Leaders: First Class Cadet Erin Wright

Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Erin Wright is doing all she can to make a difference at the Coast Guard Academy, in the Coast Guard and in the world. Following graduation and commissioning as an officer in the Coast Guard, Wright will be heading to the United Kingdom this summer to continue her education as the 2018-2019 Fulbright scholar. She will be pursuing a Master of Philosophy degree in Energy Engineering at Newcastle University in Newcastle, United Kingdom.

Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Daria McKenna poses for a photo between Hamilton Hall and Chase Hall at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Future Leaders: First Class Cadet Daria McKenna

When things are going right there is nobody more popular on the college campus than the student-athlete, the gifted cadet who can sink a basket or get that vital first down. Even better is the athlete who can step into the classroom and hold their own against cadets who do not have extracurricular commitments. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Daria McKenna attacks on the field and in the classroom. This week, Compass is featuring several outstanding cadets who will soon be graduating from the Academy to become our future leaders.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarist Linda Jones. Photo courtesy of Aux. Linda Jones.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Auxiliarist Linda Jones

Coast Guard Auxiliarist Linda Jones has used her experience with her debilitating illness, career as a school teacher and those she works with to become an inspired leader earning her the recognition of the Commodore Charles S. Greanoff Inspirational Leadership award.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Cmdr. William J. Jacobs

Every year an active duty and reserve officer are recognized for their role in mentoring personnel toward their highest potential and leadership that exemplifies the Coast Guard’s core values. Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Jacobs’ selfless devotion to others resulted in his selection of this year’s active duty Capt. John G. Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award. Jacobs is recognized for not only his leadership in a professional capacity, but in his personal life too.

Coast Guard Academy: Class of 2018 international cadets

The Coast Guard Academy is uniquely suited to prepare international maritime leaders to address the most complex global challenges of our time. Interaction with these students is an important part of the cadet experience.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: SKC Brynn Simonetti

This year’s distinguished active duty recipient of the MCPO Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award is Chief Petty Officer Brynn Simonetti, who notably spearheaded the 2017 Inaugural National Capital Region Mentoring Project – a beta test program that will serve to establish a future Coast Guard-wide mentoring program.

2018 Cadet Research Symposium

As the school years comes to a close, first class cadets across campus are gearing up for one last presentation during the Coast Guard Academy 2018 Cadet Research Symposium.

The annual symposium, held every year a few weeks before graduation, gives the first year cadets a rare opportunity to showcase their academic prowess and scholarly work before a diverse audience of peers, faculty, staff, sponsors, and supporters.

First "standard" version pulling surfboat adopted by the Life-Saving Service in the early 1870s, with design based on square-stern surf fishing boats then in common use along the coast of New Jersey. Photo courtesy of

A little piece of Kimball’s legacy of standardization

Lt. Brendan Rogers was researching a figure in Coast Guard history for a presentation on organizational change when he came across a letter written by the Honorable Sumner Kimball. Kimball was an administrator whose work was pivotal in standardizing and organizing the U.S. Life-Saving Service that soon merged with the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service to form what we know today as the U.S. Coast Guard.

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