James J. Coleman, Jr. at the 2014 Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard in New York City. Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Foundation.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: James “Jimmy” Coleman

James “Jimmy” Coleman, Jr. never served in uniform but he was a well-respected member of the U.S. Coast Guard family. Coleman was a philanthropist who very much believed in the Coast Guard mission and its history. One could say the National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut, would not be what it is today without him. Coleman died at 77 on March 21, 2019 in his hometown of New Orleans.


Cutter Argo (WPC-100) on patrol. Originally designed for Prohibition law enforcement, this type of cutter was particularly seaworthy and maneuverable. With the U.S. entry into World War II, Argo was attached to the Atlantic Fleet as a convoy escort vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: A wartime rescue by Cutter Argo 75 years ago

It’s been 75 years since the wartime search and rescue efforts of the cutter Argo but it will forever remain a chapter in the saga of the long blue line. Cutters Argo and Thetis were part of a convoy off Cape May, New Jersey, when American tanker Camas Meadows steamed unescorted by an inexperienced crew, fatally rammed a Navy patrol gunboat. Argo’s officer of the day activated a search and rescue operation and rescued 23 survivors – 106 crew members of the Navy gunboat were lost.


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.”


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