Trombone Shorty performs a Christmas song with the U.S. Coast Guard Band during the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at President's Park in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 2015. The ceremony kicked off the centennial celebrations of the National Park Service. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

Presidential performance from U.S. Coast Guard Band kicks off holiday season

The Coast Guard Band recently performed with several celebrities, special guests and the President of the United States during the 93rd annual National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, D.C. Members of the band gave insight in the preparations and overall excitement of the band during their visit to the nation’s capitol.

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.


To say goodbye

On this Memorial Day, Compass is sharing a reflection by Lt. Marian Orahood, a Coast Guard officer and Gold Star family member. Below are her thoughts on what it means to truly remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country.



To celebrate Valentine’s Day with the men and women who serve, we reached out to our fans to hear why they loved America’s Coast Guard using #CGadmirer. More than 100 Tweets came in on why you appreciate what the Coast Guard does and we’ve shared some of them in this video post. The messages are also now on display at Coast Guard Headquarters so Coast Guard men and women can see your Valentine’s Day messages.


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 […]

USS Callaway

Baptism by fire: Veterans reflect on their service in WWII

It was baptism by fire for USS Callaway as she landed troops at Kwajalein on Jan. 31, 1944. Just months before, Callaway had set sail from her homeport of Norfolk, Va. After embarking Marines in San Diego the ship left for the Pacific and performed their first of several assault landings.

Independence Day


It was 236 years ago that our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. Since then, generations of Americans have stepped forward to protect our freedoms that were first outlined in that Declaration. They have served, and continue to serve, our nation proudly at sea, on land and in the air, during peace or war. The men and women of America’s Armed Forces ensure the sacrifices of our forefathers and others who followed them were not made in vain.


Memorial Day: Coast Guard stands tall to serve the US

The following article is being reprinted with permission from The Hill. Written by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp. As one of the five Armed Services, the Coast Guard has proudly stood the watch for more than 221 years, even during […]

Photo of Coast Guard wreath-laying ceremony

Shipmate of the Week – Deployed servicemembers

With the holidays upon us, families come together to reconnect and celebrate. But for many military families, the one person they are most proud of and wish they could be with this holiday season may be missing – their servicemember. Whether it is a […]


Season’s Greetings from space!

As many of us rush to send out our last-minute holiday greeting cards on time, one former Coast Guardsman has a special holiday greeting he is sending from a very unique location – space. Retired Coast Guard Capt. Daniel Burbank, […]

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