Personnel from the Coast Guard Headquarters, Department of Homeland Security, and General Services Administration deliver 323 backpacks for elementary students in three District of Columbia Housing Administration communities. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Equipping local students for a new school year

This summer, t Coast Guard Headquarters partnered with Department of Homeland Security and General Services Administration personnel on the historic St. Elizabeths campus to donate backpacks and school supplies for kindergarten through fifth grade students in several Washington, D.C., communities. The results of the 2018 Back-to-School Backpack Drive were amazing with 323 backpacks filled with the necessary school supplies to help students start the school year off right.


Volunteers from Coast Guard Headquarters pose for a group shot after preparing 204 gift bags at a Gift Drive Packing Party for local communities in Washington, D.C., Dec. 13, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Headquarters holiday volunteers

Headquarters personnel were asked to donate gift bags for teen boys and girls, filled with gift cards and electronic items such as headphones and portable chargers. Numerous individuals and teams, including those from the Coast Guard Officers Association, contributed cash donations for the drive. In the final tally, the results were amazing — 204 gift bags, a 25 percent increase from last year. Additionally, 40 volunteers helped prepare the gift bags and delivered them to the local community.


U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Francisco Muniz Valle, chaplain of Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, provides religious services to U.S. Marines assigned to Marine Medium Tiltroter Squadron 264 at Rafael Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, Oct. 8, 2017. Muniz Valle provided religious services and counseling to Marines and Sailors from VMM-264, deployed to Puerto Rico for Hurricane Maria response and recovery efforts from their home at Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard chaplains during 2017 hurricane season

Day in and day out, rain or shine, Coast Guard chaplains are ready and there to walk through the physical, emotional, and spiritual storms people face with a ministry of presence. Chaplains from across the country, particularly from the Coast Guard’s 7th and 8th Districts provided support to Coast Guard families evacuated and displaced by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria during the 2017 hurricane season. Coast Guard chaplains live by the saying, “Where it matters, when it matters, with what matters.”


Chaplains serving the Coast Guard: Celebrating 241 years of the Navy Chaplain Corps

November 28th marks the 241st year of the Navy Chaplain Corps. Chaplains strive to inspire hope and strengthen spiritual well-being through the delivery and coordination of effective religious ministry at sea and ashore. As we celebrate their anniversary, we wanted to highlight the Chaplains Corps’ rich history serving with the Coast Guard.


Servant Leadership: Capt. John (Van) Dickens

Servant leadership: Capt. John (Van) Dickens

Throughout his time at the Coast Guard Academy, Capt. John Dickens, command chaplain, has worked tirelessly to further the Chaplain Corps motto of ‘Called to Serve.’ His leadership at all levels made Dickens an unparalleled choice to receive the John H. Craven Servant Leadership Award.


James Dorney

Shipmate of the Week – Monsignor James Dorney

Like any soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Coast Guardsman who takes a vow to serve, a military chaplain takes a different type of vow. A chaplain not only serves but ministers to military personnel and, in many cases, their families and civilians working with the military. Military chaplains are trained to serve any spiritual need, regardless of religious affiliation, and offer pastoral care and support their religious rights and needs.


holiday party

Coast Guard Family – In the finest of traditions

Each year, the holidays bring special focus on gathering with our families and celebrating the traditions that bring us meaning. This holiday season is no different for the Coast Guard family, which has come together to carry on some historic and meaningful traditions to serve one another and the communities in which we live.


Shipmate of the Week – LCDR Kurt Michaelis

Sector San Juan is responsible for all Coast Guard missions in the Eastern Caribbean. From national defense and counter-narcotics operations to fisheries management and the protection of natural resources, the men and women stationed in San Juan have a slew […]


Lt. Jerry Durham. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Shipmate of the Week – Lt. Jerry Durham

Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Mariana O’leary, public affairs specialist. One has to spend only the briefest amount of time with Lt. Jerry Durham to understand why the simple title of ‘chaplain’ seems too small a word, too simple […]