Petty Officer Wilton 'Butch' Terry, a reservist from Port Security 309, was recently selected as the 2015 Coast Guard Enlisted Person of the Year for the Reserve Component. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MK1 Wilton ‘Butch’ Terry

For 75 years, Coast Guard Reserve members have served alongside the active duty force in every major conflict or crisis this nation has faced. Every year, one dedicated member of the Coast Guard Reserve is selected as the top performer through the enlisted person of the year program. For 2015, the honor was awarded to Petty Officer 1st Class Wilton “Butch” Terry.


During World War II, Coast Guard personnel would take every precaution, including checking the condition of fire hoses, in the event that fire broke out on the docks. (USCG Photo)

The Long Blue Line: S.S. El Estero and the Coast Guard’s rescue of New York City (Part 2)

We continue the story of El Estero, the greatest man-made disaster in American history that never happened.


Cadet 2nd Class Bobby Mey, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, wins his bout in the first round against Dre Gordon from the University of Nevada-Reno during the National Collegiate Boxing Association National Championships quarterfinals in Seattle, April 7, 2016.  Mey, along with four other cadets are competing with other service academies and colleges from around the nation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Zac Crawford.

Power behind the punches: Coast Guard Academy cadets bring dedication and focus to National Collegiate Boxing Championships

On the evening of April 7, 2016, as the sun set and the air cooled just north of Seattle, inside University of Washington’s Alaska Airlines Arena things were just beginning to heat up. It was the second night of three for the National Collegiate Boxing Championships and four Coast Guard Academy cadets, along with their two coaches, traveled from New London, Connecticut, to compete. The event brought together boxers from multiple colleges and universities, including the four military academies.


Crew members aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Maritime Safety and Security Team Miami, conduct a security patrol in Tampa Bay, Florida. The MSST conducts security patrols in support of the Coast Guard's ports waterways and coastal security mission, and has recently undertaken additional responsibilities to support the Coast Guard's Western Hemisphere Strategy. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ashley J. Johnson.

In the Zone: Unity of effort combats transnational organized criminal networks

The Coast Guard’s Western Hemisphere Strategy makes it clear that combating transnational organized criminal networks is a top priority, and that the service will continually seek new methods and assets for doing so. One new method that has proven highly successful in recent years has been the deployment of the Coast Guard’s maritime safety and security teams to assist with the disruption of these networks throughout their known operating routes in the Caribbean.


BM2 Evan Ward

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: BM2 Evan Ward

The Coast Guard prides itself on the professionalism of the men and women in its ranks. Once a year, a member of the Coast Guard is selected as the top performer in the service for the active duty element through the enlisted person of the year program. For 2015, the active-duty honor was awarded to Petty Officer 2nd Class Evan Ward.


El Estero

The Long Blue Line: S.S. El Estero and the Coast Guard’s rescue of New York City (Part 1)

The terms “Pearl Harbor,” “9-11,” and “Katrina” conjure up disastrous images for many Americans. But, how many have ever heard the name “El Estero”? To New Yorkers in particular, this term should strike a chord. It was the greatest man-made disaster in American history that never happened.


Griffons and Pipers and Dolphins, oh my!

Shutter Shootout 2016: Photo of the Year!

After hundreds of thousands of your votes on our Facebook page, we are proud to announce “Wildlife Control” has won Shutter Shootout 2016. “Wildlife Control” features Piper, the wildlife control canine at the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Mich. Piper keeps the airport clear of pests so aircrews, such as the ones featured in the winning photo from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City and the Royal Canadian Air Force, can safely transit the area.


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Shutter Shootout 2016: Finals

It’s Dog versus Eagle in this head-to-head 2016 Shutter Shootout championship round! Which will be crowned the winner? We need our fans to decide! Go to the official Coast Guard Facebook page and VOTE!


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Shutter Shootout 2016: Final Four

We’ve made it to the final four and your winners from each division have been chosen! Still in the competition is a pup keeping guard of an airport, a photo fit for a stamp, a cutter steaming with pride and a son happy to have his daddy home. Now it’s your turn to find out who goes to the finals of “Shutter Shootout” – your chance to select the Coast Guard photo of the year.


Cutter Tamaroa (WMEC-166) underway in relatively calm conditions. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: Cutter Tamaroa and ‘The Perfect Storm’

This year marks the 25th anniversary of “The Perfect Storm,” also known as the “Halloween Nor’easter” because it struck in late October 1991. It was the third major weather event to hit the East Coast in an unusually active month. By October 28, two large weather systems collided off the East Coast. Hurricane Grace had formed the day before and was moving from the southeast on course for an un-named extra-tropical cyclone. The two weather systems spawned a much larger and more powerful storm. By October 30, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data buoys reported sustained winds of over sixty miles per hour with gusts well over 70 mph, and waves as high as 40 feet.


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