Ens. Nikole Barnes and her sailing partner, Lara Dallman-Weiss, sail in Miami. Photo courtesy of Dean Barnes.

Sailing for gold

Ens. Nikole Barnes, Class of 2017, plans to sail her way to gold in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. To get there, she has kicked off her three-pronged campaign in order to train with her partner Lara Dallman-Weiss. Barnes hasn’t done this alone, her goals have been supported by the Coast Guard, her coaches, the Coast Guard Academy and the Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association. This marks the first time the Coast Guard has extended orders to an officer to train and compete in the Olympics Games.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Rita Martinez, a yeoman stationed at Coast Guard Base Seattle, stands near the base pier, June 28, 2018. Martinez is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Military Service Award for how she has distinguished herself as a leader, mentor, advocate of diversity and integration of Latina women in the armed forces, and earned the respect of her superiors, peers and community leaders. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Petty Officer 2nd Class Rita Martinez.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: YN2 Rita Martinez

Petty Officer 2nd Class Rita Martinez, a yeoman stationed at Coast Guard Base Seattle, is the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Military Service Award for how she has distinguished herself as a leader, mentor, advocate of diversity and integration of Latina women in the armed forces, and earned the respect of her superiors, peers and community leaders.


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.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MST2 Zac Edwards

Petty Officer 2nd Class Zac Edwards’s wedding to his wife Cindy was more exciting than he ever imagined. While taking photos after the ceremony, he noticed a teenage boy struggling in the current about 60 yards from Orange Beach, Alabama. With Cindy’s urging, Zac hurried to rescue the boy.


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.


U.S. Coast Guard Fireman Dallin Matthews, a member of the Coast Guard Fire Department stationed at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., poses for a photo in front of fire engine 31 at the Coast Guard Fire Department at Training Center Cape May, July 30, 2018. Matthews pulled a woman that crashed her car into a tree at high speeds out of her smoldering vehicle near Higbee's Beach. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Brahm.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Fireman Dallin Matthews

Coast Guard Fireman Dallin Matthews, a member of the Coast Guard Fire Department stationed at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, witnessed a woman crash into a tree. His training as a firefighter and quick thinking led him to safely extract the woman from her smoldering car and save her life.

“It’s a surreal experience. Being able to be a part of that individual’s life at such a critical moment for them, while they are absolutely alone and in need of help, is a life changing experience.” – Fireman Dallin Matthews


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.


Don Johnson directs the Coast Guard Headquarters Chorus during an All Hands holiday concert in December 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Don Johnson

Don Johnson has spent 45 years of his life with the Coast Guard as an active duty member, civilian and volunteer. He currently works at Coast Guard Headquarters and is a beloved Coast Guard Headquarters Chorus director who has brought a respite for many during the workday through chorus practices or the occasional All Hands concerts. Johnson embodies the Coast Guard’s Core Values while finding ways to bring joy and good humor to those around him.


U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Magee.

Turning up the heat

Five Coast Guard culinary specialists represented the service in the American Culinary Federation Student Team Championships earning the bronze medal. The team traveled from Yorktown, Virginia, to compete in the championships in New Orleans.


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