General Messages Weekly Roundup

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information for Coast Guard members.


The Long Blue Line: National Strike Force—the Guard’s global responder for 45 years!

The U.S. Coast Guard has been the steward of the nation’s maritime environment for nearly 200 years. As a vital component of the National Response System and homeland security mission, the National Strike Force minimizes the human and environmental impact of oil discharges, hazardous material releases, Weapons of Mass destruction (WMD) incidents, and other natural and man-made disasters. The National Strike Force remains Semper Paratus, “always ready,” to expand and adapt its mission to ever-changing natural and man-made threats to the nation and its environment. The National Strike Force remains “Ready Relevant and Responsive” for any hazard, any place.


U.S. Coast Guard couple completes 87 years of combined service

Bruce and Christine Riley, two civilian Coast Guard employees, retired after serving a combined 87 years in service to the nation. Bruce was a former U.S. Navy sailor and later a Coast Guardsman. He retired in 1988 from active duty and began working as a civilian in the Vessel Traffice Services branch. Christine worked at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters for the last 35 years working different administrative assignments before managing transportation benefits for more than 1,200 employees and distributing $49 million in transportation benefits to Coast Guard personnel.


Top 5 things to know about the new DCMS Portal Site

An important part of ensuring mission success is creating clear avenues of communication across all aspects of the Coast Guard. Now – learn everything you need to know about the redesigned DCMS Portal Site which now provides access to key Mission Support information all personnel need!


ADOS Opportunities – Join the Crew

Learn about some of the current ADOS opportunities available for Reservists. This does not contain all of the ADOS opportunities, just select ones. To view all of the current long/short term opportunities go to Direct Access, then Mobilization Resume.


Premium LinkedIn for Coast Guard Spouses

Second Lady of the United States Karen Pence and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan announced the new proud partnership between the Coast Guard and LinkedIn to facilitate the employment of USCG spouses. Now, spouses will be eligible for free premium LinkedIn access!


U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schutlz, Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Gould, and Reserve Force Master Chief Petty Officer George Williamson pose for a photo at the Enlisted Person of the Year award ceremony in Washington, D.C., April 25, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jetta Disco.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Gould

The Coast Guard recognized Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Gould as the 2018 Enlisted Person of the Year for the Reserve Component. Gould is a boatswain’s mate with Port Security Unit 311 out of San Pedro, Calif., and is an inveterate volunteer in his professional and personal life.


Coast Guard Shallow-Water Response Boat Team 3 crew members and members of the North Carolina National Guard assist residents of Old Dock, N.C., evacuate after flooding forced them from their homes Sept. 17, 2018. The Coast Guard conducted search and rescue operations in support of state and local emergency operation centers. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Stephen Kelly.

The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard’s storm warriors fight Hurricane Florence

As some North Carolinians were returning to their homes and recovering from 2016’s Hurricane Matthew, a new storm was tracking towards the East Coast. On Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at 7:15 a.m., Hurricane Florence made landfall at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, with sustained winds of 90 mph. However, the flooding associated with Florence would prove more devastating than just hurricane-force winds. Hurricane Florence dropped more than 33 inches of rain in portions of North Carolina, causing widespread destruction that people could never have imagined.


Headstone of William Flores at his final resting place in Benbrook, Texas. Photo courtesy of Find-a-Grave.

The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard hero and FRC namesake William Flores

On Jan. 28, 1980, the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn and tanker S.S. Capricorn collided while outbound from Tampa Bay. Seaman Apprentice William Flores sacrificed his life to save the lives of his shipmates. In the years after the sinking, surviving crew members who had witnessed Flores’s bravery, lobbied the service to recognize and honor their fallen shipmate. In 2012, the Coast Guard commissioned the Fast Response Cutter William Flores homeported in Miami.


2019 Coast Guard’s Professional Development Reading List

“As I visit Coast Guard units around the world, I am inspired by the passion and commitment of our Coast Guard women and men. To capitalize on that, this year we are transitioning from a Commandant’s Reading List to a Coast Guard Professional Development List with recommendations from across the workforce. This list offers a broad range of subject matter—from history to leadership to innovation—and represents the diverse ideas and perspectives that contribute to our greatest strength, our people. As shared in the Coast Guard Strategic Plan, professional development and continuous learning ensures we remain ready to confront our complex operating environment today and tomorrow.” -Adm. Karl Schultz, Commandant


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