Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Mrs. Fran DeNinno-Zukunft join Coast Guard families stationed overseas for Thanksgiving Dinner. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

What I am most thankful for

For the second straight year, I am celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday overseas. This year, I had the privilege of joining Coast Guard families and our allies from the United Kingdom Royal Navy for Thanksgiving dinner. Without question, we have many reasons to be thankful. As Coast Guard Commandant, I am incredibly thankful.

Phillip Smith holds his granddaugther Amber in 1977, shortly after he retired as the second Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Phillip Smith

As many across the nation unofficially celebrate National Grandparents Day on Sunday, we wanted to share a story of a proud Coast Guardsman in the words of his granddaughter.

Swain family

Pride, courage, honor

So what is Veterans Day? It’s a day to stop and think about what these men and women have done for you and your family. What they have given up so you can have the freedoms you have. It’s a day to think about the lives that have been lost, so you can live yours.

Casey Van Huysen

Strength & resilience

One person who could be counted on in the months of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy was Casey Van Huysen. Van Huysen, a native of Mobile, Ala., is the ombudsman at Sector New York. Van Huysen worked with other military spouses after Hurricane Sandy hit to collect more than $235,000 worth of donations including food, clothing and toys. The spouses received and organized the generous amount of items donated to give to military families who were uprooted during the storm.

Caleb Gaudian (left) swears into service at a Military Entrance Processing Station.

Always Ready: The Gaudian Family

The Coast Guard is in his blood. Caleb Gaudian is a few weeks away from shipping to Coast Guard Basic Training. He won’t have much time in boot camp to ruminate on what brought him here, but his family history is rich with Coast Guard adventure.

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.

Norris family

Shipmate of the Week – The Norris Chiefs

The bay was calm as my father, Enginemen 1st Class Harry L. Norris Sr., answered the call to set the special sea detail in May 1961. His newly constructed Coast Guard Point-class patrol boat trailed behind two other patrol boats as they neared the majestic Cape Charles lighthouse. An 8,000-mile, 45-day journey lay ahead for as the crew as they began their journey to the west, via the Panama Canal.


There’s no place like home… for the holidays

With the holiday season upon us and families preparing for the festivities, we would like to take a moment to pay tribute to the men and women of the Coast Guard and Armed Services who will spend this holiday season […]

Collecting donations

The strength of the military family

Behind every member of the Coast Guard stands a proud parent, sibling, spouse or child. Together they form a strong family, a military family. Alongside their loved ones, family members share the weight of deployments as Coast Guard men and women stand the watch. But they also share the same spirit of service, whether it is to country or community. As a true testament to this service, Coast Guard families came together in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Capt. William Csisar's promotion

A Coast Guard family legacy for more than 50 years

The Csisar family’s Coast Guard legacy began in 1958 when the cost of gas was just 24 cents a gallon. Now, with the price of gas much higher, the tradition continues; altogether, the family has seen their loved ones contribute more than 54 years to the Coast Guard.

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