With more than 1,000 instructors across the FORCECOM enterprise, the role these Coast Guard members play is crucial. And once in a while, the instructors take the care to go above and beyond their everyday duties and showcase their commitment to influencing the future of Coast Guard mission execution. Such is the case with Lt. Roger Bogert.
Samuels’ Coast Guard career proved very unique not only because of the varied assignments he received, but also to the many ethnic barriers he broke. Samuels’ achievements seem all the more significant in light of the fact that the first African-American officer to command a U.S. Navy ship took charge in 1962, nearly 35 years after Samuels. Samuels was a minority trailblazer and a member of the long blue line; and his barrier-breaking achievements led the way for minorities in all of America’s military services.
Hopefully you have a better picture of what life is like aboard the Polar Star, and what it takes to operate it. The mission is still just beginning, so continue to check back as we look into the history and purpose of Operation Deep Freeze 2016, the art of icebreaking in Antarctica and many more glimpses into life on the south side of the planet.
The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star doesn’t sleep, not for a second. The cutter and its crew rotate through a daily cycle, like the Antarctic sun looking down on the icebreaker. Always moving, never setting. What’s going on above and below the deck? What does it take to run the nation’s only operational heavy icebreaker? There’s no better way to find out than living it. So join us for two days of 12-hour watch shifts: three four-hour watches from 8 a.m. (0800) to 8 p.m. (2000) each day. Start your coffee brewing; it’s going to be a long couple of days.
The first ethnically Asian Coast Guardsman recognized for heroism by the Service was also Japanese. Born in Kobe, Japan, F. Miguchi began serving as a cook on Gresham at the age of 37. He was perhaps the first ethnically Japanese Coast Guardsman to serve on the East Coast. However, little else is known about F. Miguchi. There is no photograph available to identify him and even his first name remains a mystery to this day. All that he left behind is the record of his Silver Lifesaving Medal, symbolizing the comradery he shared with his shipmates.
Today, when asked “What does being a Coast Guard aviator mean to me?” I would say that my answer has remained essentially unchanged: “Being able to ensure that somebody gets to wake up in the morning is what gets me up in the morning.”
Every turned page of the calendar shows in the ice-bludgeoned, though sturdy, red hull. It’s not just a 399-foot chunk of metal. If observed correctly, the Polar Star is a book; chock full of the stories of every Coast Guardsman who ever sailed aboard.
“During my time in the military, private sector, and now the Coast Guard, I’ve worked with many competent leaders, but only a few exceptional individuals,” said John C. Johns, the managing attorney adviser at the Coast Guard’s administrative law judge docketing center in Baltimore. “Megan is one of those rare exceptional leaders.”
The United States Coast Guard and its predecessor agencies have welcomed the service of many determined and courageous women. One of those women was Lighthouse Keeper Barbara Mabrity of Key West, Florida.
As Craig acquires qualifications above his pay grade, he is entrusted with more responsibility from his supervisors while he waits for his opportunity to attend Marine Science Technician “A” school. With his positive and proactive attitude toward hard work, Craig’s future in the Coast Guard is bright.