A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod helicopter crew returns from rescuing a father and son from a sailboat about 150 miles south of Nantucket, Mass., Feb. 15, 2015. After navigating through low visibility and near hurricane force winds, the crew safely hoisted the men and returned to Air Station Cape Cod. U.S. Coast Guard photo contributed by Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: CGNR 6033 crew, Air Station Cape Cod

An already hazardous situation made worse by severe winter weather, Coast Guard Cape Cod CGNR 6033 crew heroically displayed their bravery, ingenuity and grit in the rescue of a father and son aboard an imperiled sailboat earning them The Captain Frank Erickson Award.

U.S. Coast Guard image.

The Long Blue Line: Hurricane Hero, Founder of USCG Intelligence

In studying the historical record of by-gone days, scholars often come across men and women whose deeds are long forgotten by the nation they once served. Such is the case of Charles S. Root, one of the bravest and most accomplished engineering officers in Coast Guard history, who distinguished himself early in his career as a heroic lifesaver.

Honoring Heritage

Honoring heritage: National Hispanic Heritage Month 2015

Recently, Latina Style Inc. recognized Coast Guard Capt. Dr. Maria-Paz Smith and Coast Guard employee Marilyn Fajardo as the awardees for the Latina Style Meritorious Service Award. Both Smith and Fajardo demonstrated themselves as leaders and advocates for diversity and the full integration of Latina women throughout the Armed Forces and the Federal Civilian workforce.

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National Preparedness Month: Power Outages

Any time there is severe weather there is a chance of a power outage. Like any major disaster whether it’s a flood, hurricane, wildfire, etc., it’s always best to be prepared. Here are some tips from FEMA, the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, United States Department of Agriculture and Centers for Disease Control on how to prepare for power outages and what to do during and after power outages.

Lt. Jamison Ferriell, Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric Woods and Petty Officer 3rd Class Chriostpher Lelyo stand for a photo during an award ceremony. The three crewmembers and Lt. Erik Price, not pictured, transported a medical team and supplies to save a baby during a blizzard in February 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: CGNR 2309 crew, Air Station Cape Cod

During a severe snow storm in Massachusetts in early February, a premature baby was born on Nantucket and was in need of medical care beyond what the island’s hospital could provide. The CGNR 2309 crew of from Air Station Cape Cod pushed the limits to deliver a medical team and neonatal incubator to save the child’s life earning them the Cmdr. Elmer F. Stone award.

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The Long Blue Line: Iceberg Smith’s 1931 Graf Zeppelin Arctic Expedition

Passing over vast regions never seen by the human eye, discovering new landforms, exploring unknown and un-mapped areas of the Russian arctic in an Indian Jones-style adventure in 1931, Lt. Cmdr. Edward “Iceberg” Smith proved that polar exploration could be accomplished safely and comfortably with the aid of airship technology such as the Graf Zeppelin.

Are you ready for disaster to hit?

National Preparedness Month: Hurricanes

“Big” is an understatement when used as a descriptor of a hurricane. “Massive” or “dangerous” is perhaps a better way to describe a hurricane. Here are some basic tips to help you prepare for a major disaster like hurricanes.

Lights begin to illuminate the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial as the sun sets in Arlington, Va., Sept. 10, 2014. The Pentagon Memorial was created to remember and honor those lost at the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Remembering 9/11

The harrowing events of Sept. 11, 2001, forever changed the United States as more than 3,000 Americans tragically lost their lives in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Despite those horrible events, many people acted heroically on that day and in the aftermath of the attacks. Today, we remember all those lost on 9/11, and thank all those who helped our nation become stronger and safer in the years since.

Painting of Capt. John Ashcroft Henriques and a photo of the sailing cutter Salmon Chase. U.S. Coast Guard images.

The Long Blue Line: Capt. John A. Henriques

Capt. John Henriques is best known for behing the first superintendent of the Revenue Cutter Service School of Instruction and forerunner of the modern Coast Guard Academy. Read more to learn more about this cutterman and his importance to the Service and its officer corps.

First-year cadet Sydney Johnson of Suffolk, Va., is seen at the Coast Guard Academy, Aug. 25, 2015. Johnson was recognized for excellence during “Swab Summer,” the seven-week indoctrination period for incoming first-year cadets. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa A. Ferdinando.

Future Leaders: Sydney Johnson

Demonstrating exceptional qualities as a swab, one Coast Guard Academy cadet was chosen as the top-performer who most embodied the training values taught to him since reporting-in day.

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