Leading the line

Honored as Coast Guard Cutter Waesche’s “Junior Sailor of the Month” in December, Fireman Eliya O’leary is habitually commended by peers, supervisors, and her command. But ask her to describe her accomplishments, and it’s clear that humility is another of her many admirable traits.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: DC1 Robert Somers

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: DC1 Robert Somers

“I can relate to these guys on a personal level, dealing with mild Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety,” Somers said. “VETSports allows me to get together with brothers of the military who have been through traumatic experiences.”

Recipe for Success: FS1 Sammy Paone

Recipe for Success: FS1 Sammy Paone

If there’s one misconception that exists about the Coast Guard’s food service specialists, it’s probably that their only responsibilities are in the galley, cooking. For Petty Officer 1st Class Sammy Paone, the special command aide at Coast Guard 17th District in Juneau, Alaska, firing up the range to make homemade meals is only a fragment of his overall job.

Cadet 1st Class Matthew Hanks

This time around: Coast Guard Academy cadet reflects on prior service

On the surface, First Class Cadet Matthew Hanks appears to be a typical cadet: he plays baseball, he spends some nights up late working civil engineering design problems, and he’s gearing up for life as a commissioned officer. But a look beneath the surface reveals someone vastly different. Not only is he the spring 2015 regimental commander, the highest-ranking cadet in the corps of cadets, he’s already been in the Coast Guard for almost eight years.

Operation Deep Freeze

Heading south for the winter: Engineers keep a venerable cutter underway

Without them, the ship goes nowhere. The 93 members of the engineering department aboard Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star are responsible for the propulsion, steering, electrical, sewage, ventilation, firefighting and damage control systems on board the heavy icebreaker supporting the U.S. Antarctic Program through Operation Deep Freeze 2015.

Prof. David Mazurek

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Dr. David Mazurek

With a resume including achievements of the highest order, Dr. David Mazurek is a man who could be teaching just about anywhere in the world. Yet after 24 years, the civil engineering professor still proudly calls the Academy home.

YN1 Danielle Wnek

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: YN1 Danielle Wnek

Overall, Wnek said her goal for Cloverbuds is to provide children the opportunity to have a different perspective. Wnek wants the children to discover hard work, coupled with a lot of fun and dedication, can provide amazing opportunities like the ones Wnek took advantage of when she took the oath to enlist in the Coast Guard.

Adm. Zukunft

Coast Guard Commandant addresses future leaders

During the annual leadership address at the Academy, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft talked to the Academy’s Corps of Cadets about leadership principles to help guide them in their careers: know your purpose, standards matter, trust and empower your people and take decisive action.

2014 Videos of the Year: Winners

What was the top Coast Guard video of 2014?

We’ve tallied up your votes for the Coast Guard’s 2014 Video of the Year and have the results for the top three videos. From a time-lapse from a Coast Guard Cutter’s patrol to the last minute rescue of two young men, your favorite videos showcased the commitment Coast Guard men and women display on each and every mission, each and every day.

Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley

Ringing in 2015 with rhyme: Pacific Area

On New Year’s Eve the midnight log entry at a Coast Guard unit takes on a life of its own and is traditionally written as a poem. The Compass reached out to those standing the watch to share the tradition of applying verse to the ship’s log as we all rung in 2015. Below, we share log entries from cutters stationed throughout the Coast Guard Pacific Area. Enjoy!

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