Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan LaKose trains recruits at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., Jan. 2, 2018. LaKose, 45, is the oldest of the company commanders at Cape may and use uses his life experiences to mentor his recruits. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Brahm.

Company commander corps rounded out by reservists

The recruits at the Coast Guard’s Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey, spend a lot of time trying to blend in with their shipmates. They may not recognize that two of their company commanders are reservists blending in with their active duty shipmates.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Guardian Spouse Jill Simcox

Imagine yourself blindfolded and inching forward into a great unknown. Your mind is racing as you take each unsure step. You may feel disoriented, apprehensive, maybe even little scared? Your mind begins to weigh the risk vs reward of this journey, and you have only just begun. The only thing you know for sure is that the further in you go, the further away you become from everything and everyone that provided you a sense of security, safety and comfort…


Seaman Derrian Duryea swims through the water

Chasing a dream

Listening to the helicopter’s rotor blades slice through the night sky while watching his feet dangle above the turbulent water, the words “never quit,” repeated over and over in his head. Never quit – words Seaman Derrian Duryea repeated to himself before high school swim meets and now words he lives by as a Coast Guardsman.


O'Sullivan Family

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: SN, MK1 O’Sullivan

This week, “Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty” has the unique pleasure of highlighting the great work of Seaman Stephanie O’Sullivan and her husband Petty Officer 1st Class Brain O’Sullivan.


New year, new filter: Boot camp

It’s a #NewYearNewFilter for the Coast Guard as we’ve launched our official Instagram account. To give you a visual sense of life in America’s Coast Guard, we’ve asked Coast Guard members from around the fleet to be guest Instagrammers. Last week, Seaman Frank Iannazzo-Simmons shared his unique perspectives of life at Patrol Forces Southwest Asia. This week, we’re taking you to the place where it all begins for the Coast Guard’s enlisted workforce – Training Center Cape May.


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Flags Across America

The sun began to rise as Coast Guard families, recruits, scouts and cadets gathered at Arlington National Cemetery. At 65 degrees with blue skies and the sun’s golden rays shining through autumn leaves, it was an iconic fall day; a day to honor the history, traditions and heritage of servicemembers past and present.


Seaman Recruit Lopez

Why I Serve: Seaman Recruit Natallia Lopez

The Coast Guard celebrates 223 years of service to the nation this Sunday and is an opportunity to reflect upon the men and women who serve in America’s Coast Guard. In honor of our service’s birthday, we reached out to Coast Guard men and women and asked them to write an essay based the prompt “Why I serve.”


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Introducing ‘Coast Guard Boot Camp’

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May is the nation’s only Coast Guard enlisted accession point and recruit training center. On average, 3,500 of the Coast Guard’s finest arrive in Cape May for the first chapter of their Coast Guard career, and now you have a chance to be part of their transformation! We are proud to introduce “Coast Guard Boot Camp” – a blog devoted to the home of the Coast Guard’s enlisted corps.