Coast Guard Academy cadets contend in military skills competition

Coast Guard Academy cadets competed at the annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition in April. The Sandhurst competition is a two-day event, which tests a teams overall military skills. The Academy cadets beat 29 out of 38 West Point teams and the U.S. Naval Academy at the competition, along with the Korean, Japanese, Colombian and Thailand teams.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: First Class Cadet Patrick Ledzian, Fulbright scholar

First Class Cadet Patrick Ledzian received a 2017-2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to study at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in the Netherlands. He will be representing the U.S. and the Coast Guard Academy as he pursues a graduate program in Systems and Control.


Coast Guard and America’s future as an Arctic nation

Gov. Christine Todd Whitman recently visited the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to speak about leadership and the Coast Guard’s future in the Arctic, during the 22nd annual Coast Guard Foundation Hedrick Fellowship.


Networking and the future of the Coast Guard fleet

Each year the senior leaders from all over the service come to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to discuss, debate and learn about the problems facing the cutters. The four-day conference, which ended March 3, was packed with classes on topics such as cyber strategy, logistics and fleet priorities, but by far the most important lessons the cuttermen learned are comradery and networking.


Boy Scouts get hands-on experience at Coast Guard Academy

The Coast Guard Academy, in cooperation with the Connecticut Rivers Council of the Boy Scouts of America, recently hosted a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) merit badge program for over 120 Boy Scouts from five different states. Cadets and Academy instructors taught hands-on programs in chemistry, engineering, electricity and electronics, emergency preparedness and citizenship, among others.


The Long Blue Line: Native Americans and their Service in the Coast Guard

Minority men and women have served in the U.S. Coast Guard since the service’s beginning in 1790. Native Americans from a variety of tribes and locations participated in the Coast Guard’s predecessor services since the early 19th century, representing the second earliest minority group to serve in the Coast Guard.


Leadership through Athletics

The Coast Guard Academy’s Alumni Association officially opened the doors to the Otto Graham Athletic Hall of Athletic Excellence in the newly renovated Billard Hall. The facility tells the story of the Academy’s great teams, Hall of Fame athletes, and pioneers of men and women’s sports, through storyboards and technology-aided reviews of all Academy NCAA varsity, club and intramural sports.


A patriotic run through NYC tunnels

Coast Guardsmen from Sector New York, Station Fire Island, Station Eaton’s Neck, and the Coast Guard Academy recently completed the Stephen Siller Foundation Tunnel to Tower 5K run in downtown New York City. The run is held annually to continue Siller’s legacy by supporting our nation’s first responders and servicemembers.


The Long Blue Line: Juan del Castillo – Coast Guard officer and humanitarian

Juan del Castillo was a Coast Guardsman who distinguished himself in the service and in civilian life. From becoming the first Coast Guardsmen of Hispanic heritage to complete Reserve Officer Training, now known as Officer Candidate School, to inventing the formula for Corn Soy Milk, considered one of the most important high protein foods ever developed, del Castillo dedicated his life to helping others.


Return to Eagle: Former Coast Guardsman completes his bucket list

Former Coast Guardsman Jim Briggs, one of the first American crewmembers on the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, was able to check the last item off his bucket list recently: visiting his old cutter 66 years after he left it.


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