Senior Chief Petty Officer Peter MacDougall passes the mantle of Enlisted Ancient Albatross of the Coast Guard to Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Ferreira. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell

Flying dinosaurs

Senior Chief Petty Officer Peter MacDougall recalled the dark and stormy nights he went out into, knowing his wife could hear the helicopter take off from their house, imagining the anxiety it caused her. He spoke about the close calls. He spoke about survivors he rescued from the grip of the sea, and the men and women he served alongside who made each of his 40 years of service special.


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Ancient history

Master Chief Petty Officer James Clemens was honored today with the Joshua James Ancient Keeper Award as Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Guthlein, the former Ancient Keeper, retired from the Coast Guard. The Ancient Keeper is a title presented to an active duty Coast Guard member in recognition of their longevity in command of a boat force unit and outstanding performance in boat operations.


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History: Honoring our profession through tradition

Written by Nora L. Chidlow, archivist in the U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office For most, being called “ancient” isn’t a good thing. But, in the Coast Guard being an Ancient is a tradition steeped in the Service’s history. For the […]


What is a Coast Guard “Ancient”?

Recently, the Compass posted a story or two about the Coast Guard’s “Ancients.” As part of our 219th birthday celebration last week, we talked with the Ancient Keeper, Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Guthlein, and the Silver Ancient Albatross, Senior Chief […]