Major change coming to Direct Access, action needed

According to Flag Voice 432, published in October by Rear Adm. David Callahan, assistant commandant for Human Resources or CG-1, “Direct Access will be taken off-line to conduct a major software upgrade representing the most significant change to our pay system in nearly two decades.”

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp prepares to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee in the Hart Senate Office in Washington June 4, 2013. Papp joined other senior military leaders in providing an update on sexual assault prevention and response. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Adm. Papp testifies at Senate Armed Services Committee hearing

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp along with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other service chiefs testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee today on sexual assault prevention and response in the military.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp tours the Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway, with Rear Admiral Bernt Grimstvedt, Chief of the Royal Norwegian Navy. The museum includes the Fram, a ship used by Norwegian explorers for Arctic and Antarctic expeditions between 1893 and 1912. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

Strengthening maritime governance partnerships in Norway

Strengthening our partnerships is more important than ever before. Our nation is making difficult but necessary decisions to put our fiscal house in order and we may be asked to do less with less, or at least do the same work with different means. But the need for maritime governance continues in order to achieve our shared goals of safe transportation, clean seas, and secure and efficient movement of commerce. Working as partners we will navigate “uncertain and stormy seas” together.

Honoring fallen Coast Guard heroes

As we observe the manners of our profession this Memorial Day, we remember and honor our nation’s Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who died while in military service. We must never forget that freedom is not free, but is only made possible by the thousands of patriots who stood the watch and selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice to serve our nation. We owe them an eternal debt of gratitude.

Shipmate of the Week- Elaine Sevin

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Ameen, 7th Coast Guard District public affairs. With more than 12,000 miles of coastline in the United States, every mariner has a responsibility to look after one another. This principle of being a […]

Giving thanks – Good Samaritans

What began as a family adventure to sail to Australia turned into one couple’s quest, not only as mariners, but as parents and as heroes. The courage to save the lives of three strangers was a choice that Maurice and Sophie Conti could only let their conscious decide. Maurice and Sophie had sold everything they owned in 2007 and purchased the 47-foot French flagged catamaran, Ocealys. The Contis started their sailing adventure aboard with their two young children Massimo, who was 5 at the time and Annabelle who was 3.

Spirit of Hope

Hope awardee helps military families with losses

Elaine Savage, a Coast Guard civilian employee with Naval Engineering Support Unit Industrial Service Activity Boston, received the Spirit of Hope Award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., today. The award is given annually to a small select group of […]

Coast Guard medals

Coast Guardsman receives WWII medals

Written by Ademide Adedokun. The December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor marked the beginning of World War II for America and the entry point to the military for the Greatest Generation. The day after the attack, William J. Barnes […]

Opening ceremony

Adm. Allen receives Great American Patriot Award

Yesterday, Adm. Thad Allen was presented with the 2010 Great American Patriot Award during halftime of the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl between Army and Southern Methodist University. The award, presented annually by Armed Forces Insurance, honors an American patriot […]

LCDR Zeita Merchant

LCDR Zeita Merchant: A Legend in Diversity

Trailblazer, ambassador, all-star, champion, leader, mentor, scholar, legend – all words used to embody U.S Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Zeita Merchant. Yesterday, Merchant was recognized for her outstanding achievements and for her support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) […]

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