Coxswain Robert “Bob” Canavan

The Long Blue Line: Coxswain Bob Canavan’s deadly odyssey on Iron Bottom Sound, Guadalcanal

In August 1942, during the initial stages of the World War II’s Guadalcanal campaign, the waters of Iron Bottom Sound concealed numerous Japanese submarines. Coast Guard-manned landing crafts carried out nightly anti-submarine patrols to defend against this silent but deadly menace. Coxswain Robert “Bob” Canavan volunteered to pilot one of the anti-submarine patrol boats along with three other Coast Guardsmen and two U.S. Marines. Only one man would return from the journey.


Future Leaders

Future leaders: Rwandan resolve

After graduation, Jackson Karama will return home to serve in the Rwandan Defense Forces and take part in the building of his country. His friends, classmates, and shipmates, will enter the Coast Guard fleet with their minds opened and their perspective broadened by the crossing of paths with Karama, and his fellow international cadets.


Own the plank graphic by U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen

National Coast Guard Museum offers plank ownership

Being named a plankowner in the nautical realm means you are part of a ship’s original crew, serving during the building process and commissioning, bringing it into active service to the nation. The National Coast Guard Museum, which aims to respect the past, engage the present and look to the future, is respecting the past by creating an original plankowner certificate for its supporters.


U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Cmdr. Eric Oliphant

“The search and rescue cases that are the most difficult are the ones that are the most rewarding because you don’t always know you’ll be able to accomplish them,” Oliphant said. “I loved flying in the Marine Corps, but compared to picking someone up who’s in peril and bringing them home safely, there’s nothing that compares to that.”


Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Diligence pose for a photo after their first 'DILI-fit' session. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Cutter Diligence helps local community get ‘Dili-fit’

Homeported in Wilmington, North Carolina and moored in the heart of downtown, Coast Guard Cutter Diligence has built and maintained a close relationship with the community that it calls home. While inport, the crew, much like other Coast Guard crews around the Nation, engages daily with the members of the local community. Recently, the crew decided to take this engagement one step further – with a weekly fitness class open to members of the public.


U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

Future leaders: Finding challenge and opportunity

For the class of 2016 at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the past year has been a surge of activity. As their graduation date nears, there are research papers to write and capstone courses to complete, before they can take their place in the service. Completing the institution’s 200-week cadet program results in a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a military officer. It is an extraordinary opportunity, and there are not many who have gained as much from that opportunity as Cadet Jacquelyn Kubicko.


Lt. Darin Coleman, a pilot currently station at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

100 years of Coast Guard aviation: Never losing sight

It is an absolute privilege to be a Coast Guard pilot. This has been my dream job since my dad took me to my first air show when I was 8 years old. The profession is not void of danger; the duties not lacking in uncertainty. But the prospect of helping perfect strangers while working as a team is as outstanding as I can conceive.


Petty Officer Wilton 'Butch' Terry, a reservist from Port Security 309, was recently selected as the 2015 Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year for the Reserve Component. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MK1 Wilton ‘Butch’ Terry

For 75 years, Coast Guard Reserve members have served alongside the active duty force in every major conflict or crisis this nation has faced. Every year, one dedicated member of the Coast Guard Reserve is selected as the top performer through the enlisted person of the year program. For 2015, the honor was awarded to Petty Officer 1st Class Wilton “Butch” Terry.


Cadet 2nd Class Bobby Mey, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, wins his bout in the first round against Dre Gordon from the University of Nevada-Reno during the National Collegiate Boxing Association National Championships quarterfinals in Seattle, April 7, 2016.  Mey, along with four other cadets are competing with other service academies and colleges from around the nation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Zac Crawford.

Power behind the punches: Coast Guard Academy cadets bring dedication and focus to National Collegiate Boxing Championships

On the evening of April 7, 2016, as the sun set and the air cooled just north of Seattle, inside University of Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena things were just beginning to heat up. It was the second night of three for the National Collegiate Boxing Championships and four Coast Guard Academy cadets, along with their two coaches, traveled from New London, Connecticut, to compete. The event brought together boxers from multiple colleges and universities, including the four military academies.


BM2 Evan Ward

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: BM2 Evan Ward

The Coast Guard prides itself on the professionalism of the men and women in its ranks. Once a year, a member of the Coast Guard is selected as the top performer in the service for the active duty element through the enlisted person of the year program. For 2015, the active-duty honor was awarded to Petty Officer 2nd Class Evan Ward.


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