Fireman Michael Bovill, 23, died nearly three years ago in an off-duty motorcycle accident while serving at Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck in Eatons Neck, N.Y. At the same time Roxanne Watson, 55, lay in a critical care unit for 78 days awaiting a heart for transplant at Montefiore Hospital in New York City. Bovill’s devotion to saving lives took a new turn as Watson successfully received his heart and became an ardent advocate for organ donor enrollment in New York State.
What does your family talk about at the dinner table? Search and rescue, oil spills and natural disasters? If those sound like strange dinner topics they are nothing but the norm for Amanda Wimmersberg. Wimmersberg grew up in a military family, both her parents serving in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Boatswain’s mates training for their rate – also known as A-school – normally does not include any time underway on a Coast Guard cutter. However, this spring 48 A-school students set sail from Charleston, S.C., alongside officer candidates from both Coast Guard Officer Candidate School and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Basic Officer Training.
Coast Guard crewmembers at small boat stations across the country stand watch 24 hours a day, seven days a week, rain or shine, hot or cold, 365 days a year. Ready at a moment’s notice, these men and women spring into action whenever called upon to save those in peril. To them, it’s just a day in the life of a small boat station.
I’ve been working with the Coast Guard almost my whole adult life and now my daughter also works for the Coast Guard. As part of the Coast Guard family, I maintain a unique bond with active duty members as I support them in performing the Coast Guard’s challenging maritime missions. I am a civilian. I am a shipmate. As a shipmate, I often ask myself, “What makes a good shipmate?” When it comes to sexual assault prevention and response, being a shipmate is about staying informed and taking action.
After thousands of votes you have chosen “Remembrance” as Coast Guard photo of the year. The photo depicts Seaman Donald Hackett, a member of the Ceremonial Honor Guard, at a memorial ceremony for Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn. The photo was [...]
We’ve reached the final matchup of the 2013 Shutter Shootout photo contest! Will it be the number two seed from the South Division – a photo of a member of the Coast Guard Honor Guard Silent Drill Team honoring the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn – or the number six seed from the East Division – a photo of an Air Station Atlantic City MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew as they prepare to land on the flight deck of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence?
The buzzer has gone off and there’s a tie with East vs. West in our Final Four round of Shutter Shootout. We need your help in deciding which photo goes to the next round as we enter overtime! Head over [...]
Quick reflexes and fast thinking were put to the test late on a late Friday afternoon when the Station Bodega Bay, Calif., duty crew sprinted into action at the sound of the search and rescue alarm. Fireman Jacob Smith, who been stationed at Bodega Bay for the past three years, was a crewman on the 47-foot motor lifeboat that launched when they received word of a fishing vessel that was taking on water with two people aboard.
If you were at a Coast Guard unit yesterday you may have wondered why Coast Guard chiefs were walking around in their dress uniforms in the middle of the week. Good. That is just the conversation starter we wanted when we created Service Dress Blue Day. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in the Coast Guard and, as chiefs, we wanted to send a very strong message to all Coast Guardsmen that sexual assault will not be tolerated in our Coast Guard.