Coast Guard Family Month: Steadfast follower

It’s not unusual for a child to follow in their parent’s footsteps. Matthew Walker, a retired Coast Guard captain and former commanding officer of three cutters: Manitou, Polar Star and Steadfast, has two sons who followed him into the Coast Guard – Fireman Maxwell Walker, currently attending Machinery Technician “A” School in Yorktown, Virginia, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Alan Nielsen, a boatswain’s mate at Station Coos Bay in Charleston, Oregon. One of his sons even followed his footsteps to one of the very cutters he commanded.


Coast Guard, NOAA sign Fleet Plan Agreement

“The Fleet Plan and Officer Exchange MOU build on the long history of cooperation between NOAA and the Coast Guard. Our shared responsibilities in serving the American people’s interests in the maritime domain are fortified by our even closer relationship,” said Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles Michel, deputy commandant for operations.


Capt. Robert Smith

‘Too good to be true?’

June 18 marks the 25th anniversary of the College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative Program. CSPI is a fully funded scholarship program open to students of all races and ethnicities, which may pay up to two academic years of college tuition and books. While in the program, officer trainees are provided with valuable leadership, management, law enforcement, navigation and marine science skills and professional development training. Upon graduation from college, officer trainees attend Officer Candidate School and are commissioned as ensigns in the Coast Guard. In honor of this milestone, we highlight one of the program’s initial candidates, Capt. Robert Smith.


Shipmate of the Week – VADM John Currier

He joined the Coast Guard to fly. And fly he did. Vice Adm. John Currier piloted five Coast Guard and three Navy aircraft types, amassing 6,023 flight hours. He took to the skies, saving lives and protecting our nation, for 38 years. Currier assumed duties as the 28th vice commandant of the Coast Guard in May 2012 and was relived from his duties at a change of watch ceremony held earlier this week. As vice commandant, Currier focused on reawakening the operational safety culture in the Coast Guard.


Oath of office

Coast Guard, NOAA reach benchmark in ongoing partnership

Perched on a rocky hill overlooking Connecticut’s busy Thames River sits Robert Crown Park, a quiet, forested section of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. On May 7, a hushed group of Coast Guard and NOAA officers gathered in the park to observe NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn Sullivan and Academy Superintendent Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz place a brass survey marker in the ground.


Aboard Eagle

Sea stories: Full speed ahead

Somewhere off the coast of New Jersey: As the Coast Guard Barque Eagle sailed into 17 knot winds and 6 to 8-foot seas, officer candidates entered metaphorically uncharted waters. That’s especially true for two United States Coast Guard officer candidates with no previous maritime experience.


Smart, brave and dedicated: honoring the fallen of Coast Guard Cutter Cuyahoga

On a cool October afternoon in 1978, Coast Guard Cutter Cuyahoga sailed peacefully at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The cutter hosted a company of eager officer candidates underway for a training cruise. It would prove to be Cuyahoga’s last voyage. While underway on Oct. 20, 1978, the Cuyahoga was struck by a 521-foot coal freighter. The impact was devastating and the Cuyahoga sank within minutes. Eleven men lost their lives.


Raising the sails

A taste of life at sea

Boatswain’s mates training for their rate – also known as A-school – normally does not include any time underway on a Coast Guard cutter. However, this spring 48 A-school students set sail from Charleston, S.C., alongside officer candidates from both Coast Guard Officer Candidate School and National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Basic Officer Training.


From seaman to commanding officer

From seaman to commanding officer

Success is defined differently for everybody, but for one Coast Guardsman – who started his enlistment as a young, untested seaman recruit and is now the commanding officer of a small-boat station – success was constructed by a goal he set for himself when he was only two years into his career.


Remembering LT Colleen Cain 30 years later

Lt. Colleen Cain, a Coast Guard reservist, became the service’s first female helicopter pilot in June 1979. Tragically, her life was cut short thirty years ago today. Earning her commission from Officer Candidate School in 1976, Cain had her sights […]


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