Then Chief Petty Officer Trainor reenlists on “PA” Lighted Buoy in the Straits of Juan de Fuca, while stationed aboard Coast Guard Cutter Fir (WLM-212) in February 1986.

Coast Guard veteran dedicates 43 years to keeping mariners safe

Bob Trainor spent 43 years of his life serving with the U.S. Coast Guard, 31 years as an enlisted and later chief warrant officer, and 12 years as a civil servant working at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. For the majority of his years in the service, Trainor worked as a guiding light in the Aids to Navigation field making U.S. waterways safer, more efficient, and more resilient. Fair winds and following seas Mr. Trainor!


Quartermaster 1st class on Todd Talasky on the Coast Guard Cutter Conifer.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MSSD4 Todd Talasky

A lot can change over four decades. If you ask Coast Guard veterans or a senior member like Todd Talasky, they describe a very different Coast Guard, filled with initiations and beards, some as long as ZZ-top.


itCG-Reservist retires, CG goes eco-friendly, Guardian’s build a house

Like the story the Compass highlighted earlier this week, our reserve members deserve to be recognized for their dedication to service while balancing other full-time obligations. In this story, the Pasadena Police Chief retires from the Coast Guard Reserves after […]