After graduating, he played five NHL seasons on the Chicago Blackhawks, but when duty called, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard to serve as a boatswains mate during World War II. While he served, he continued to play hockey on the Coast Guard Cutters, which formed in 1942. Even though the team was only around for two years, they were a great team that intimidated their opponents. Some even say they were the “the finest non-National Hockey League team ever to perform in league competition.”
As the Coast Guard’s second highest ranking officer, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger is accustomed to giving commands. However, during an annual culinary showdown at Training Center Petaluma, Calif., roles were reversed as he followed the commands of Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Foley, a Food Service Specialist “A” School instructor, and Seaman Rebeckah Kean, a Food Service Specialist “A” School student.
Members who serve in any of the five armed services earn a highly coveted title that can never be taken from them: Veteran. Coast Guard Veteran Tristan Heaton has utilized the skills and training gained in his service to help other veterans as part of the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Adaptive Sports program.
In the pages of Coast Guard history are men and women committed to the achievement of the service’s goals. They exist to serve. One prime example is Lt. John A. Pritchard, Jr., from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 1938.
Coast Guard Auxiliarists act as force multipliers for Coast Guard units across the nation. This all-volunteer service assist Coast Guard men and women on a daily basis by patrolling our waterways, conducting over flights for various operations and teaching people across the country the importance of safe boating practices
What is the U.S. Coast Guard doing in Oklahoma? This is a question asked of members of the Container Inspection Training and Assistance Team almost every day. So what is this group of marine safety professionals doing in the place where the wind goes sweeping down the plains? Keeping people safe from improperly transported hazardous materials, that’s what
Coast Guard Sector New York shares a unique history with the New York City Marathon in that the race pre-stages its runners at Fort Wadsworth, which is co-located with the Sector in Staten Island. For 18 years, the Coast Guard has been behind the scenes, working to produce a functioning event and ensuring that every aspect of the start of the race runs smoothly for the athletes, spectators, and volunteers.
Varied experiences and diverse backgrounds are what each and every Coast Guard member brings to the service. These two things combine to form talented, motivated and skilled crews that perform each of the Coast Guard’s 11 missions. Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Ganjour brings both to the table.
With a name like “Admirals,” it seems only natural that the popular American Hockey League team in Milwaukee would forge a relationship with the Coast Guard in that city. And that’s exactly what has developed during the past few years thanks to Sector Lake Michigan’s community outreach efforts.
So others may live. It’s the creed of Coast Guard rescue swimmers and a promise the Coast Guard makes to those in danger. It’s also a motto that Petty Officer 3rd Class Brett Bates lives by.