Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Cmdr. Megan Drewniak

Before her recent transition to the World Maritime University in Sweden where she is a lecturer, Lt. Cmdr. Megan Drewniak worked at Coast Guard Sector Miami where she made such an impact, her command nominated her for both the 2016 Capt. John G. Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award and the 2016 Military Times Coast Guardsman of the Year.

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley salutes as the ship is brought to life during its commissioning at Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico May 20, 2016. The Donald Horsley is the Coast Guard's 17th Sentinel Class fast response cutter and the fifth of its kind to be homeported in San Juan, Puerto Rico. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ricardo Castrodad.

Welcome to the fleet, Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley!

With a max speed of more than 28 knots and a range of nearly 3,000 nautical miles, the Coast Guard’s fast response cutters are crucial to curbing illegal maritime activity. The Coast Guard welcomed the 17th fast response cutter, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley, to the fleet in the cutter’s new home port of San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 20, 2016.

Joseph Walker

The spirit of serving others

He spends his weekdays managing his own landscaping company and his weekends patrolling the waterways surrounding Jacksonville, Fla. Those are only two of the reasons why Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Walker is described as a dedicated and talented Coast Guard reservist. Walker, a maritime enforcement specialist, was recently selected as Sector Jacksonville’s reserve enlisted person of the year.

Kathleen Moore

Welcome to the fleet, Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore!

The Coast Guard welcomed the newest fast response cutter to the fleet this weekend as Coast Guard Cutter Kathleen Moore was commissioned in Key West, Fla. The cutter is named after Coast Guard heroine Kathleen “Kate” Moore, keeper of the Black Rock Harbor Light on Fayerweather Island, a small seaside community south of Bridgeport, Conn. She served for 72 years and is officially credited with saving 21 lives. When she retired from service in 1878 at the age of 84 and was asked about her saves, Moore said, “I wish it had been double that number.”

Shipmate of the Week – ME3 Emily Swanson

In the fourth largest container port in the United States and the second busiest port on the East Coast, Marine Safety Unit Savannah maintains high expectations for the personnel stationed in the Coastal Empire. Petty officers of all ranks are asked to assume responsibilities that may exceed their previous experience and unit personnel are highly motivated to rapidly gain qualifications to be prepared to respond to the myriad of activities occurring in this busy port. From visits from the Vice President of the United States to a fiery explosion at a rubber warehouse at the port authority, MSU stands ready to respond.

Shipmate of the Week – LCDR Neil Orlich

The facilities engineering division – a team of more than 30 – provides preventative and corrective maintenance support to the 72-acre facility, the Coast Guards largest operational unit, which includes two remote operating locations in Great Inagua and Andros Island, Bahamas. The facilities engineering division recently earned The Cowart Award, presented for outstanding contributions from a Coast Guard civil engineering and shore facility management program.

juanita collins

Shipmate of the Week – Juanita Collins

Juanita Collins is one busy teenager. She’s a class president, varsity volleyball captain, athlete-scholar, a capella singer, hospice volunteer and Sunday school teacher. She’s worked on projects with the Key Club, Relay for Life, Food bank, Ronald McDonald House and Salvation Army. That’s a lot of responsibility for any one person, not to mention a teenager. But Juanita is not just a teenager; she’s a Coast Guard daughter.


Illuminating the path ahead

Women’s History Month is one of many celebrations that remind Americans of their identities and the impact of those who have gone before us. While Women’s History Month has come to an end, the Coast Guard continues to honor women and the contributions they have made to shape the service’s history. Kathleen Moore is one of these women.

A return to homeport

Children grow up aspiring to become astronauts, police officers and doctors. For some, the decision is hard to make. For others, the choice is easy – the decision to serve their country and be a part of a mission designed to safeguard its communities. Coast Guardsmen were all children at one time and have made the decision and commitment to serve. The Coast Guard is comprised of citizens willing to raise their right hand and commit to serving their country’s water.

Preserving our history

During a recent mid-patrol break, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Decisive provided much needed support for a multitude of restoration and repair projects. Decisive crewmembers overhauled the emergency diesel generator’s cooling water pump, repaired the ship’s log office air conditioner, polished and restored bridge equipment, removed trash and completed general clean-up and organization of the many spaces around the ship.

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