Seaman Rafael Omar Gomez Negron at U.S. Coast Guard Station Washington. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick.

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Rafael Omar Gomez Negron left his home in Puerto Rico to join the U.S. Coast Guard with a very limited English vocabulary. He struggled through boot camp only to have more stress heaped on him when his family on Puerto Rico were in the direct path of Hurricane Irma last September. Negron put everything he had into learning English to excel in his job as a watchstander and boat crew member at his first station in Washington, D.C. Learn more about Negron’s extraordinary journey into America’s Coast Guard.


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224 years of Service to Nation

But today – while seemingly familiar in sight and sound – was far from typical. Today marks 224 years of exceptional service by the men and women of America’s Coast Guard. It was Aug. 4, 1790, when President George Washington signed an act bringing to life ten cutters “to be employed for the protection of the revenue.” Alexander Hamilton first conceptualized these cutters as a viable asset for the country; at the time, he wrote, “a few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws.”


UPDATED: Soccer superstars spend a day with the Coast Guard

Yesterday, the Coast Guard played host to two soccer superstars, America’s Abby Wambach and France’s Sonia Bompastor. Thanks to Chief Warrant Officer Scott Carr for providing this guest post on the players’ day with the Coast Guard. Also, a special […]


itCG – drug bust, mishap drill, tactical boat training, Coast Guard Lady

Earlier this week, Guardians intercepted four speedboats carrying more than 260 kilos of cocaine off the coast of Mexico. The bust highlights both the importance of drug interdiction missions off Latin America but also the cooperation between the Coast Guard […]


itCG – lost hunter located, emergency drill in Boston, Congress to recognize Rescue 1705

Guardians assisted in the search for a lost Michigan hunter yesterday. A helicopter deployed from Air Station Traverse City quickly located the hunter Monday morning after he was reported missing from camp overnight. Hunters are reminded to keep rapidly changing […]


Station Washington – Guarding the National Capital Region

The Coast Guard didn’t have a significant presence in the nation’s capital until the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Today, it’s typical to see a Coast Guard helicopter or boat enforcing a security zone, patrolling the Potomac River or […]