The Long Blue Line: A brief history of women’s service in the Coast Guard

Over the course of its nearly 230-year history, women have played a major role in the United States Coast Guard and its predecessor services. Coast Guard women have helped shape the service and pioneered the role of their gender in the federal government and the nation as a whole.


Future leaders: A steady, determined pace pays off

The pace of life at a federal service academy can be a relentless uphill trek. The goal is to employ a steady effort, and those who do well will not allow many disruptions in their stride. Stephen Horvath, a first class cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy about to graduate this month, is one of those rare individuals whose steady effort made the uphill trek look easy.


Coast Guard Academy cadets study pieces of history to help solve modern problems

Historical Fact: The Cutters Taney, Kukui and Tiger along with other Coast Guard ships and patrol craft, and the CG-8 all responded to the attack on Pearl Harbor, which led to the United States’ entry into World War II.


Lt. John Pritchard

A lost World War II hero is remembered

In the pages of Coast Guard history are men and women committed to the achievement of the service’s goals. They exist to serve. One prime example is Lt. John A. Pritchard, Jr., from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 1938.


Coast Guard Academy Class of 2018

R-Day 2014: The challenge begins

The United States Coast Guard Academy renewed a longstanding tradition Monday, June 30, as 256 U.S. cadets and seven international cadets took part in Reporting-in Day. Newly minted swabs cycled through drill training, uniform issue and a bevy of administrative procedures before filing into the companies to which they’d been assigned for Swab Summer. After a whirlwind day of administration and military indoctrination, the swabs took their oath before family, friends, and Academy personnel, officially marking the start of Swab Summer.


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.


R-Day 2013

Every year at the Coast Guard Academy hundreds of new cadets, or swabs, cross the threshold into a new life as members of the United States Coast Guard. This annual occurrence may seem standard and routine, but for each swab, the experience is fraught with soaring highs and soul-searching lows. This life is not for everyone.


In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Second Class Cadet Matt Monahan yells instructions to a group of swabs Monday, June 25, 2012, at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. In all, 251 members of the incoming class of 2016, known as swabs, reported in during an event called R-Day or Reporting In Day.

Swabs on deck: R-Day 2012

On the morning of June 25, hundreds of people from all over the country are at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., checking event schedules and looking over base maps. It’s reporting-in day and the lives of 252 young men and women are about to change – dramatically.


Leadership for the Arctic

Written by U.S. Coast Guard Academy public affairs. Warming temperatures have had a dramatic effect on the Arctic recently. Many reports indicate ship traffic through the Bering Strait nearly doubled from 2009 to 2010, and the debut of offshore oil […]


CGA Seal

Spectrum helps CGA produce leaders of character

With contributions from Petty Officer 1st Class NyxoLyno Cangemi. Following the September 2011 repeal of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy governing the service of gay and lesbian members, cadets at the United States Coast Guard Academy established […]


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