Carrying on a maritime tradition: Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw acts as Chicago’s ‘Christmas Tree Ship’
For the past 15 years, the annual re-enactment of the original Christmas Ship, Rouse Simmons, by Chicago’s maritime community and the Coast Guard has resurrected a storied tradition dating back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. People have come to know the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw as the modern day Christmas Ship, and some await its arrival the same way people did on the banks of the Chicago River more than 100 years ago.
For nearly 35 years, George Jackson has had a very special mission for the U.S. military. Each holiday season for more than three decades, his deep appreciation for the men and women of the armed forces has guided his passion: to bring happiness and cheer to those whom he most respected. “I’m a volunteer,” said Jackson. “I don’t do it for the money, I do it to make people happy.”
We are pleased to announce the 2014 nominees for Coast Guard Video of the Year. We’ve selected the top 10 videos, the best of the best, as this year’s nominees. Now, we need your help in deciding the top Coast Guard video for 2014!
Hughes, whose mother was a WAVE during World War II, knew nothing about her mother’s service. She said her mother never spoke of her service and never kept any records. Hughes only learned of her mother’s service from a photograph sent to Hughes by her cousin after her mother had passed away. In the photo, her mother was 25 years old and graduating from officer candidate school. And now, this project will help to preserve the history and honor women that choose to serve our country and ensure their legacies do not go untold.
When you ask someone what he or she enjoys most about being in the Coast Guard, the answer isn’t usually creativity. But for Petty Officer 1st Class Mason Champlin, it’s the creative freedom that makes coming to work each and every day enjoyable.
“Never quit.” This one, powerful phrase has been carried throughout military bases since 2006 by American 300 Foundation creator, Robert Powers.
For more than 200 years, the Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, have partnered together in maritime resiliency, environmental sustainability and scientific research.
At each of the Coast Guard’s Training Centers, there is a Performance Systems Branch made up of analysts, instructional systems specialists and curriculum developers who are all dedicated to creating valid, reliable performance-based training to prepare the workforce to perform our missions.
Coast Guard men and women are always coming up with innovative ways to solve the service’s challenges. But it’s not every day that a group of young junior officers — and their former cadet advisor — find themselves U.S. Patent holders for their invention.
Serving aboard a Coast Guard Cutter named Hamilton inspires a certain pride in Coast Guard men and women. Since 1830, cutters carrying this namesake have patrolled the waters to ensure the safety and security of American citizens.