Members of the disaster relief volunteer crew from Coast Guard Station Panama City, Fla., pose for a group photo with local resident, Mr. Clause, after assisting with clean up after Hurricane Michael. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Dragin.

Standing in the gap: Station Panama City

With ingenuity and no small degree of resourcefulness, Kannan and a small crew of station personnel managed to put together a disaster response trailer to get out to Coast Guard members’ homes to assess the damage. It didn’t take long to figure out how extensive the damage was and quickly set out to assist the city in helping residents. The recovery process continues but the crews have made a big impact so far.


Coast Guard members serve their local communities

This holiday season Coast Guard units throughout the service are giving back to the communities in which they serve. From Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio and New Hampshire, here are a few examples.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Auxiliarist Jack Cowley

April is National Volunteer Month. However, it is not just about one month for many of our volunteers, specifically the Coast Guard Auxiliary. With honor, courage and commitment, Jack Cowley has given a lifetime of service to the military. After two retirements, one from the Marine Corps, and the other from a K-9 unit, Cowley spent the next three decades serving as a Coast Guard Auxiliarist. He was recently honored with the Coast Guard Auxiliary Achievement Medal for his 30 years of honorable volunteer service. Thank you, sir, for your dedication!


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: CWO Clifford Mooneyham, underwater volunteer

Many Coast Guard personnel voluntarily sign up to serve our country either for a few years or for an entire career. But once they start receiving a paycheck, they are not technically volunteers anymore. They are paid employees of the government. However, going back to why they joined a military branch in the first place many of these people have a built-in desire to serve as a volunteer. Chief Warrant Officer Clifford Mooneyham is one member who volunteers his time to assist local law enforcement as a dive team member of the Clatsop County Underwater Recovery Team in Astoria, Oregon.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Petty Officer Geneva Cornelius

Petty Officer 2nd Class Geneva Cornelius actively participated in over 50 unit and local community events during her time in Kodiak, Alaska, dedicating countless hours during her off time to community service and enthusiastically pursues more opportunities to help others where ever she is. Her giving spirit has brought resources, services, joy and light to countless lives, yet Geneva Cornelius has cracked the code that helping others in turn helps you find true happiness.


Learn by teaching

When 27 Coast Guard Academy cadets arrived at Martinez Magnet School in New Haven, Conn., recently, they had their Junior Achievement briefcases in hand and were ready to teach their young audience about finance, the importance of education and the Coast Guard. The students, ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade, took a day away from the textbooks to allow the cadets to run through various lessons.


Shipmate of the Week – AMT2 Shawn Pugmire

For Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Pugmire, service is not just a theme but also a naturally ingrained trait. It’s no wonder why the American Legion, the nation’s largest veteran organization, would want to honor him for his commitment to community.


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Why I Serve: Craig Hall

Why I serve? A question every volunteer has to answer, and one that every Auxiliarist should reflect upon for the inspiration, enthusiasm and commitment they promised to their country and nation. I think there are fewer opportunities to serve and support our country in the maritime environment than volunteering with the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.


A battle to the soccer field

Marik Tucker and his family transferred from Louisiana to the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., when his family learned that he had a rare bone cancer known as osteosarcoma. Ten months later, cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy men’s soccer team in New London, Conn., “adopted” Marik after contacting Kelli through Team Impact, a program that matches sick kids with college athletic teams to provide a diversion from their medical realities and cultivate relationships.


Cutter Washington

Not your typical Coast Guard operation

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Washington recently visited Ulithi Atoll to deliver humanitarian supplies and teach locals about safe boating practices. Washington, a 110-foot patrol boat out of Guam, delivered rice, rainwater collectors, school books, clothing and outboard boat engines. These supplies were much needed on the small islands that make up the atoll, as the ship that normally delivers cargo to the atoll has been unable to make the voyage for almost a year due to mechanical problems.


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