Coast Guard

Impacts of a Potential Continuing Resolution or Lapse in Appropriation

Today, United States Coast Guard men and women are standing the watch around the world in service to our Nation. Our efforts and mission success depend on reliable and predictable funding.

Ron Clark

Shipmate of the Week – AUX Ron Clark

Air Station Sacramento executes a wide range of Coast Guard missions for the Eastern Pacific Area; from the entire west coast of the United States, areas west of Canada and south along the Baja California coast. Carrying out missions such as search and rescue and marine and environmental, the air station maintains a 24-hour immediate response capability, with a “ready” crew on duty at all times. One of the dedicated crewmembers who stands this watch is Auxiliarist Ron Clark.

MERIDEN, N.H. Coast Guard artist and Auxiliarist Chris Demarest sits in his home studio while working on a painting from his deployment to the North Arabian Gulf, off the coast of Saudi Arabia. The painting depicts Coast Guard gunners conducting target practice on a 25 mm canon. (Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Third Class Etta Smith)

Coast Guard artist honors WWII vets

Coast Guard artist Chris Demarest has serious talent and has used his skills to share the service and sacrifice of service members with countless Americans.

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Shipmate of the Week – Chrisman Abernethy

Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna Hannum. The clock read 7:19 a.m. when the man walked through the communication center door, a small donut bag and coffee in one hand and black briefcase in the other. He offered a […]

Lake Tahoe

Not always a vacation at Station Lake Tahoe

Summertime is abuzz with boaters, swimmers and sunbathers enjoying the lake ringed by the towering Sierra Nevada. The crystal blue waters can lure water-goers into a false sense of security. Unpredictable mountain weather patterns can change rapidly, turning a calm outing on the lake into a rough day on the sea. High winds and eight-foot waves are not uncommon on Lake Tahoe.

Jake Shaw

Shipmate of the Week – AUX Jake Shaw

For university students looking for ways to serve their country while pursuing a degree, finding a fit in the U.S. Coast Guard can be tough. With limited programs available, and no formalized ROTC, students wishing to learn more about America’s Coast Guard often fall short.

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Your Coast Guard in 2011 – Great Lakes

The 9th Coast Guard District has responsibility for the largest freshwater system on Earth – the Great Lakes. Made up of massive inland seas stretching from Minnesota to Upstate New York, the Great Lakes contain enough fresh water to cover the lower 48 states to a depth of 9 1/2 feet.


Protecting the Space Shuttle

The return of the Space Shuttle Atlantis from its historic final voyage this morning brings a bitter sweet moment as the nation reflects back on those famous words spoken by astronaut Neil Armstrong, “That’s one small step for man, one […]

Auxiliarist Betty Riddle on watch

Shipmate of the Week – AUX Betty Riddle

30 hours a week x 30 years = 46,800 hours. That is how many hours Betty Riddle donated as a Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer at Station Fort Myers Beach over the course of her 30-year career. “I’m figuring it’s somewhere […]

Silver Medal Plaque

Guardian of the Week – The crew of the Amy Julie

Last week, the Association for Rescue at Sea (AFRAS) held its annual award ceremony and awarded the Gold AFRAS medal to Aviation Survival Technician First Class Pepe Carire.   This week the Compass brings you the story of the AFRAS […]

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