Can’t be what you can’t see

Lt. Christine Igisomar takes pride in her Saipan heritage and heavily promotes diversity and equality within the workforce at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach in California. Igisomar was awarded the Federal Asian Pacific American Council Military Meritorious Service Award for her significant contributions toward the advancement of Asian Pacific Americans and for promoting diversity and equal employment opportunity in the federal workforce.


A rare photo showing Asian personnel aboard Cutter Bear. These men began to serve on West Coast cutters immediately after the Civil War. (Coast Guard Collection)

The Long Blue Line: Asian-American history of the Coast Guard

For over 165 years, thousands of ethnically Asian men and women have served with distinction in the U.S. Coast Guard. They have been diligent members of the long blue line and they will play an important role in shaping the service in the 21st century.


The Long Blue Line: Capt. Kwang-Ping Hsu

U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Kwang-Ping Hsu experienced his own version of the “American Dream” and served as a true role model for members of the Coast Guard’s long blue line. Hsu and his family fled China during WWII and adopted his new country with honor and dignity becoming the first foreign-born cadet at the Coast Guard Academy and serving the country for more than 30 years.