The 22-acre Alcatraz Island is visited by approximately 1,750,000 tourists a year. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena.

Legacy of Light: Oldest west coast light marks ‘The Rock’

The Alcatraz Lighthouse not only guides mariners through the San Francisco Bay but also welcomes tourists to the island that used to house America’s most notorious inmates. Alcatraz Island was first used for a fort and military prison before becoming the most famous and formidable federal penitentiary in the nation. Today, members of Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) San Francisco keep the famous Bay Area light shining.


Bringing back the gold

These female Coast Guard Academy Athletes bring home the gold while preparing for a career of bringing home the survivor at sea. Leading a team on the field turns to leading a team during emergency response. Motivating the crowd during a game leads to motivating your shipmates during times of high stress.


The Journalist rating

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Journalist rating, a predecessor rating of the current Public Affairs Specialist rating. Today there are approximately 76 Public Affairs Specialists on active duty who manage the Coast Guard’s day-to-day external communications and deploy to major incidents to conduct public information campaigns.


The U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South crew members were awarded Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019 with the Humanitarian Service Medal for their relief efforts during Hurricane Irma in 2017. TACLET South crew members were Lt. Thomas Chronet , Chief Petty Officer Andrew Lloyd, Petty Officer First Class Edward Hinshelwood, Petty Officer Second Class Julian Cubbies, Petty Officer Second Class George Soto, Petty Officer First Class Anton Lesovsky and Petty Officer First Class Michael Kugelmann. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Erik Villa Rodriguez.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South

The U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South crew members were awarded with the Humanitarian Service Medal for their relief efforts during Hurricane Irma in 2017. Between 2017 and 2018, TACLET South Law Enforcement Detachment Teams deployed onboard three Royal Netherlands Navy vessels totaling over 170 days at sea, seized 2,056 kilograms of cocaine and successfully utilized Airborne Use of Force on three occasions to stop drug-smuggling vessels.


Photo of the Cape Elizabeth Lighthouse, also known as Two Lights, near Portland, Maine. (Wikipedia)

The Long Blue Line: Hanna – the service’s forgotten Medal of Honor hero

Many with knowledge of service history believe Guadalcanal hero Douglas Munro was the Coast Guard’s first and only recipient of the Medal of Honor. Technically, they would be wrong. In fact, Lighthouse Keeper Marcus Aurelius Hanna also received the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest recognition for combat heroism.


Coast Guard Academy Women’s Leadership Council presidents and vice presidents: Cadet 2nd Class Elizabeth Miller, Cadet 1st Class Kyla Hughley, Cadet First Class Mikki Hepler, Cadet 2nd Class Emma Compagnoni. Hughley- "The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble." – Serena Williams Hepler- “The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me?” – Ayn Rand

Promoting a healthy environment with the Women’s Leadership Council

In today’s increasingly global world, understanding diverse cultures and embracing differences is essential to success. Given the challenges and far-reaching missions of the Coast Guard, wise cadets seek to strengthen their understanding of other cultures and faiths, while growing in their own tradition. As a result, they better understand themselves, those with whom they serve, as well as the public they will encounter. The Coast Guard Academy’s Women’s Leadership Council works to promote female health and wellness, create professional female leadership networks and create positive relationships between female and male cadets.


Coast Guard Academy cadets in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Department test out their ship design in a water-testing tank at the Academy as part of their capstone project, Feb. 14, 2019. Their capstone project is to design a replacement Waterways Commerce Cutter to ensure these vital trade routes can be cost effectively maintained through future generations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin

Tomorrow’s leaders designing tomorrow’s ships

The Coast Guard relies upon a fleet of 31 inland river buoy tenders averaging 52 years old, becoming increasingly expensive to maintain and sustain operations that support 2.3 billion tons of waterborne commerce along the U.S. Marine Transportation System. As part of the Coast Guard Academy’s capstone requirements, a group of cadets have been working in partnership with the Coast Guard Office of Ship Design to improve and replace the Waterways Commerce Cutter.


Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Aviles. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Barney)

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: SK1 Anthony Aviles

Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Aviles is never seen around Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach without a smile. He was honored as the 2018 Base Enlisted Person of the Year for his go-getter personality who enthusiastically tackles his primary job and also takes the time to volunteer for other duties.

“I can make my dreams come true as long as I work hard and invest in different opportunities available to me.”


Picture of the medium endurance cutter Diligence VI landing an HH-52 helicopter in the late-20th century. (U.S. Coast Guard)

The Long Blue Line: Diligence – historic cutter, OPC namesake

Coast Guard Cutter Diligence, also known as “Dillie Devils,” “Dili-O” and “The Dog,” has served this nation since its commissioning in 1964. This is the sixth vessel in service history to bear the unique distinction of “Diligence” and not the last. The Coast Guard will soon build the “Heritage”-Class of 360-foot Offshore Patrol Cutters with Diligence as the 10th in the first flight of OPCs.


A wreath to honor five Coast Guard members who lost their lives 87-year ago is prepared before a memorial service held by Coast Guard Station Atlantic City members at the Absecon Lighthouse in Atlantic City, New Jersey on March 6, 2019. On March 6, 1932, five members of Coast Guard Lifeboat Station Atlantic City attempted to search for a missing fishing boat in a nor’easter off Atlantic City, which resulted in the death of five crew members. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Johnson

Coast Guard remembers fallen shipmates in Atlantic City rescue tragedy of 1932

On March 6, 1932, five Coast Guardsmen lost their lives while attempting to assist a fishing boat off the coast of Atlantic City, N.J. The ripples from the tragedy are still felt today as members of Coast Guard Station Atlantic City hold an annual memorial and wreath laying ceremony.

“We hold this memorial annually to remember and honor those who gave their lives in service, and who are part of our proud heritage as lifesavers and as Coast Guard men and women.” – Lt. Taylor Smith


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