Chatham Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla members (left to right) Bruce Brady, Michael Hays, David Quincy and Larry Foss man the watch room in Coast Guard Station Chatham, Mass., Feb. 15, 2018. The auxiliary members man the station's communications watch room for hundreds of shifts throughout the year answering telephone and radio calls, monitoring and responding to emergency channels, issuing weather and sea condition alerts, and operating as key team members of Coast Guard search and rescue operations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Reid Oslin.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Station Chatham auxiliarists

Coast Guard Auxiliary members man the Coast Guard Station Chatham’s communications watch room for hundreds of shifts throughout the year answering telephone and radio calls, monitoring and responding to emergency channels, issuing weather and sea condition alerts, and operating as key team members of Coast Guard search and rescue operations. As volunteers, their goal is to free up time for new station crew members to prepare for their own future communications and boat crew assignments.


Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna Duffy, a boatswain's mate assigned to Coast Guard Station Golden Gate in San Francisco, drives a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat near the Golden Gate Bridge, Feb. 8, 2018. In March, Duffy became the fourth active female surfman in the Coast Guard, earning the highest rank in Coast Guard boat operation and a title which dates back more than 200 years to the U.S. Life-Saving Service. U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: BM1 Krystyna Duffy – the fourth active female surfman

Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna Duffy pursued her dream to become a Coast Guard surfman her entire career. Duffy had to rely on her network and community of people who care and were willing to stand for her to help her achieve her dream. She is now the fourth active female surfman in the Coast Guard.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: EM2 Kelly Yost, an electrician to keep an “ion”

When Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Yost decided to become an electrician’s mate (EM), she knew she was entering a world where she would have her physical and mental capacities tested.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Crocker stands for a photo upon receiving the International Ice Patrol's Enlisted Person of the Year award in New London, Conn. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MST3 Jennifer Crocker

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Crocker, a marine science technician at the International Ice Patrol unit in New London, Connecticut, serves as a role model to her peers through dedication, leadership and professionalism. Crocker was recently named the IIP’s Enlisted Person of the Year for her outstanding representation of the service to local schools as well as coordinating memorials for several historically significant events.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Botts, a company commander at Training Center Cape May, has his new rank pinned on him by his daughter and Chief Warrant Officer Jeremiah Savali after being meritoriously promoted to petty officer 1st class as part of the Meritorious Advancement Program, March 2, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard W. Brahm.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: SK1 Kyle Botts

The Coast Guard recently recognized the very first meritorious advancement as part of the Meritorious Advancement Program at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Botts, a company commander and storekeeper, advanced to petty officer 1st class through his leadership, hard work and exceptional adherence to the core values of “Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.”


Admiral-select, Capt. John Mauger, and Lt. Will Cotta, pose for a photo with Cotta's plaque at the Federal Engineer of the Year Awards ceremony in February 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Will Cotta

Lt. Will Cotta’s designation as “Coast Guard Engineer of the Year” is due in no small part to his time as an engineer on a Coast Guard cutter, as a frontline researcher, and as a Liquefied Natural Gas, LNG, subject matter expert at the Coast Guard Marine Safety Center. Cotta believes there is always something more to learn and has been spent his career in the Coast Guard solving complex problems to improve how the service completes its mission.


Lt. Edward Costa, field operations officer for Base Boston C4IT department, goes through a server with Samuel Kornreich, Feb. 14, 2018. Costa won the 2017 Cmdr. John P. Dailey award for outstanding leadership and mentorship within the C4IT community. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Edward Costa

Lt. Edward Costa, field operations officer for Base Boston Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology department, otherwise known as C4IT, recently earned the Cmdr. John P. Dailey award for outstanding leadership and mentorship within the C4IT community. “When the ALCOAST came out soliciting for the award, I read the requirements, and there wasn’t even a question in my mind Ed was the right man for this,” said Costa’s supervisor, Cmdr. Stephen Bird.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Davey Connor

Helping others and saving lives is what being a member of the Coast Guard is all about. When Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, Lt. Davey Connor deployed from Sector Jacksonville to assist in relief efforts. Between shifts, Connor made it his personal mission to help save as many homeless dogs left in the wake of the hurricane.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick

Less than a year has passed since the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick took to the sea and traveled 6,200 miles from Key West, Florida, to its homeport of Ketchikan, Alaska. Despite the long trip and drastic change of climate, the crew’s performance remained intact. This resilience was recognized by the Douglas Munro Chapter of the Surface Navy Association that awarded the crew of the cutter John McCormick with the 2017 Hopley Yeaton Cutter Excellence Award (small cutter).


The crew of Coast Guard Cutter James pose for a group photo after a drug bust in the Eastern Pacific. U.S Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Cutter James

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James is the recipient of the Capt. Hopley Yeaton Outstanding Cutter Award for their unbreakable resilience in not only breathing life into the steel of the ship, but by building James into one of the Coast Guard’s greatest assets in counter-narcotic operations. In only two patrols, James and its crew interdicted 22 drug smuggling vessels, seized 16,815 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated value of $560 million, and apprehended 70 suspected narcotics traffickers.


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