Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Aidalis Mills

Aidalis Mills has been a civil servant at the 9th Coast Guard District for over 20 years. As the Coast Guard Reserve funds manager for the 9th District, Mills’ job is to execute funding associated with reserve affairs for over 450 reservists across the district. She is also the Hispanic Emphasis program manager, a member of the Leadership and Diversity Advisory Committee, a Defense Finance and Accounting Service committee member and a volunteer within the community. Her selfless service has earned her the 2018 George R. Putnam Inspirational Leadership award. Read more to find out what inspires this inspirational leader.


Coast Guard Ancient Keeper: Catching excellence

The Coast Guard Ensign, Semper Paratus, christenings, commissioning, mascots and Ancients… are all hallmarks of time-honored Coast Guard traditions.
Of these, the Ancient Keeper is the most recent addition, established in 2003, honoring the Coast Guard member with the most experience in Coast Guard boat forces.


U.S.-Canada Shiprider patrol on Detroit River

Shiprider program proves key to successful law enforcement on Great Lakes

“This is a great success for the Shiprider program, and it comes on the heels of an operation last month in which U.S. and Canadian law enforcement exercised the very same cross-border interdiction capabilities and authorities as used for this case,” said Capt. Scott Lemasters, commander of Coast Guard Sector Detroit. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the result.”


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Aux Jim Johnson

Just as lake effect snow and northern Michigan are one, so are U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary aviation and Jim Johnson. A member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary since 2001, Mr. Johnson currently serves as the assistant 9th District staff officer for aviation and the auxiliary air coordinator for the 9th District central region.


2014 Videos of the Year: Bristol Bay Buoys

2014 Videos of the Year: Bristol Bay Buoys

Ride along with Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay and get a first-hand look at life on the buoy deck in our ninth video nominee in this year’s top 10 competition!


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: BM2 Kyle Love

“His efforts to build each case improved safety on the water to support successful prosecution,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Phillip Null, the operations petty officer at Coast Guard Station Marblehead.


Lt. Hillary Allegretti proudly displays her tgold medal after winning the Women's 30-34 age group triathlon at the 9th Gay Games. Photo courtesy of Lt. Hillary Allegretti.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: LT Hillary Allegretti

Anyone who meets Lt. Hillary Allegretti walks away with two distinct impressions – she loves the Coast Guard and is equally passionate about running. What baffles the mind is how she finds time to be so successful at both. When she dons her uniform, Allegretti serves as the waterways management chief and senior investigating officer for all federal marine casualties at Marine Safety Unit Cleveland. In her spare time, she is a marathoner who competes in Olympic-distance triathlons to “break the monotony of preparing for a marathon.”


Sturgeon Bay: A Coast Guard City

If you’ve ever visited or driven through the beautiful town of Sturgeon Bay in famous Door County in northern Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Michigan, you’d probably never know that it has a 130-year relationship with the Coast Guard and its predecessors. In fact, many of the town’s residents didn’t know that fact either. That doesn’t diminish their support, respect and appreciation for the men and women of the Coast Guard who serve and call this town “home.”


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Hoaxes: Not a joke

Say the word hoax out loud. It sounds similar to the noise you might make if something was stuck in your throat. Just like something stuck in your throat, hoaxes are obstructions to the life-saving work that the Coast Guard does. Hoaxes waste vital search and rescue resources and unnecessarily put the men and women who selflessly serve as first responders at risk.


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BUIs: myth vs. fact

Alcohol affects judgment, vision, balance and coordination. The marine environment – motion, vibration, engine noise, sun, wind and spray – accelerates this impairment. The vast majority of boaters don’t want to endanger the lives of the men, women and children around them. Sometimes, people are just misinformed. With that in mind, check out these alcohol myths vs. facts.


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