Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. j.g. Joann Elizalde

Lt.j.g. Joann Elizalde, a reservist at Marine Safety Unit Chicago and a forester in her civilian career, heard a distress call of a man who had overturned his canoe in the cold waters of a Wisconsin lake while on a patrol of a forest. Elizalde took action to call for help and stayed with the man, giving him a glimmer of hope for survival.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Enlisted Persons of the Year

The Enlisted Person of the Year program recognizes exemplary men and women from the active and reserve enlisted workforce who reflect the Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. Seaman Gregory W. Jacquet is recognized as the 2016 Enlisted Person of the Year – Active Duty Component – and Petty Officer 1st Class Nicole K. Cimino is recognized as the 2016 Enlisted Person of the Year – Reserve Component.


Protecting America: Port Security Unit 305 departs for 9-month deployment

Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 recently departed Norfolk, Virginia, for a regularly scheduled, nine-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Throughout their deployment, PSU 305 will maintain a continuous maritime antiterrorism-force protection presence in the Naval Defensive Sea Area of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, directly supporting the commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Naval reservation and adjoining waters, creating a layered defensive posture.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: CWO Anthony Slowik

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: CWO Anthony Slowik

“Chief Warrant Officer Slowik has been the calm in the storm and the voice of reason when planning major operational evolutions,” said Lt. Cmdr. Monica Hernandez, force readiness officer at PSU 313. “He has definitely become a subject matter expert on all things engineering related and takes initiative to become knowledgeable in everything he possibly can.”


What Deepwater Horizon taught us about being Always Ready

One of the greatest tests of the Coast Guard’s ability to surge forces in response to a major contingency occurred five years ago today when the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon exploded and caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico. In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, the Coast Guard responded along with others in the maritime community. While the collective response saved 115 people from the rig’s crew, 11 lives were tragically lost.


Coast Guard Reserve: 74 years of reliable response

One of the world’s most famous war-time leaders, Winston Churchill once noted, “In battles two things are usually required of the Commander-in-Chief: to make a good plan for his army and, secondly, to keep a strong reserve.” Since its creation by Admiral Russell Waesche, the 8th Commandant of the Coast Guard, on February 19, 1941, the Coast Guard Reserve has time and again proven itself to be that strong reserve capability to which Churchill referred.


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Shipmate of the Week – BMC Jay McChesney

Coast Guard reservists are required to serve one weekend a month and two weeks a year. One New Jersey-based reservist is devoted to saving lives, in and out of military uniform. Chief Petty Officer Jay McChesney, a reservist from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J., is a qualified coxswain and a registered nurse.


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Shipmate of the Week – CWO Thomas Gelwicks Jr.

At the heart of The Citadel, an institution rich with military tradition and leadership since it’s founding in 1842, is its corps of cadets. Amidst the sea of grey cadet uniforms is one member who stands out with his Coast Guard blue – Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Gelwicks Jr. Gelwicks is the first Coast Guard officer to be employed at The Citadel and is currently the Bravo Company tactical officer with the Office of the Commandant.


In defense of his country

“By his outstanding leadership, expert planning, and dauntless devotion to duty, he and his courageous comrades undoubtedly saved the lives of many who otherwise would have perished. He gallantly gave up his life in defense of his country.” So ends the Medal of Honor citation for Signalman 1st Class Douglas A. Munro, the only member of the nation’s oldest continuous sea-going service to be awarded America’s highest military honor. Today the Coast Guard paid tribute to this legendary hero, designating its new headquarters the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters Building.


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Why I Serve: MST1 Forrest PhiferSpens

As a conservation biologist, I work for the preservation and conservation of natural resources. As a reserve marine science technician, I get to extend my work from the terrestrial side to the ocean side. Living in Hawai’i the ocean is a part of our daily lives and is valued by the people who live there. Being a member of the Coast Guard Reserve allows a seamless blend of my two jobs.


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