New vice commandant takes the helm

Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara was relieved by Vice Adm. John Currier at a vice commandant change of watch ceremony held today. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp presided over the ceremony, held at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. Department of […]


A powerful engine for our nation’s economy

International trade is a powerful engine for our nation’s economic growth. As consumers we are all connected to a global maritime industry, which powers the movement of goods that support our way of life. The maritime industry has seen exponential […]


Shipmate of the Week – BM2 Hannah Amos-McDowell

A young woman, who grew up watching Coast Guard boats in action along the waterfront of her hometown, walked into her local recruiting office with a desire to serve. The recruiter asked what she was interested in and she simply stated, […]


Shipmate of the Week – The USO

Every Tuesday at Philadelphia International Airport, a very special group of people gathers; they are Coast Guard recruits headed to boot camp. While they anticipate, with anxious excitement, what their lives will be like for the next few weeks, they […]


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Public spirit & patriotism: The Coast Guard Auxiliary

The following blog was posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara. Over the weekend, I was honored to speak at the Coast Guard National Auxiliary Conference in Charlotte, N.C. The Coast Guard Auxiliary are the […]


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Women’s Equality Day 2011

The following blog was posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara. Earlier this week, our Nation celebrated Women’s Equality Day, commemorating the adoption of the 19th Amendment, which recognized women’s right to vote. The observance […]


Strengthening mission readiness through family services

Posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara. The Coast Guard performs a long list of services on an average day. From saving lives to screening vessels, Coast Guard men and women […]


Coast Guard Foundation logo. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ademide Adedokun.

Coast Guard Foundation honors Deepwater Horizon responders

Last week, the Coast Guard Foundation presented the Guardian of the Heartland award to the flight crews who took part in the search and rescue mission following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig one year ago today. The aircrews were honored with tributes from U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara and Rear Adm. Mary Landry, Coast Guard 8th District commander.


Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O'Hara, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, observes icebreaking operations from the deck of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw with Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander, 9th Coast Guard District, and Capt. Joseph McGuiness, commander, Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Lindsay Weaver.

Breakout opens Great Lakes to shipping

Posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara. The term “facilitation of commerce” takes on different meaning as you move around the U.S. Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts, but on the Great […]


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Ready for Action: Delta 184 recruits apply lessons learned

This post is the third and last in a three-part series focused on the interaction of Recruit Company Delta 184 and their co-mentors Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara and Senior Chief Petty Officer Tracy Ripkey as the recruits prepare for their […]