Operation Patriot Sands: U.S. Air Force and Coast Guard joint airlift exercise

Mobility is a critical aspect for every military organization. For the Coast Guard, effective mobility is the capability to surge people, boats and equipment on short notice to an area of need. In cases of natural disasters or other catastrophic incidents the surge of assets must be accomplished quickly in order to save lives and property. The Coast Guard participated in the Air Force’s 2017 Operation Patriot Sands. Operation Patriot Sands is an annual joint, interagency exercise that allows units to practice cooperative transport of vital equipment using Air Force planes.


Forging the future in joint operations

Navy SEALs, Marine Raiders, Army Rangers and Green Berets often come to mind when thinking about military special operation forces. Many only tend to think of the Coast Guard as rescuers of mariners in peril at sea, however the Coast Guard also has Deployable Specialized Forces. One of the many DSF teams includes the tactical law enforcement teams that are highly trained to integrate with Navy teams to interdict illegal drug traffickers on the high seas. A member of the Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team recently had the opportunity to train at the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy that will further enhance Coast Guard operations.


Coast Guard Family Month: Adopted by America

Born Aug. 27, 1961, in Germany, he was given the birth name Holger Lorenz. Less than a year later, he was adopted by Charles and Doris McAndrews who then changed his name to Charles McAndrews, just like his adoptive father. Charles would follow his father’s footsteps into the U.S. military to serve his adopted country.


Deep roots: Proud heritage woven in service

Jennifer Davis is proud of her Ishak and Coushatta Nations tribal heritage and her service to her country. She served 13 years in the Army and Army Reserves and is currently a civilian working for the Coast Guard’s National Pollution Fund Center.


Coast Guard National Search and Rescue School celebrates 50th anniversary

On October 10, 1966, the Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force joined forces to open the National Search and Rescue School in Yorktown, Virginia, to provide training in oceanic, coastal and inland search planning procedures. The school, which has delivered training to 30,000 people, including more than 2,400 international students from 150 nations, recently celebrated 50 years of Service to Nation.


Coast Guard Strong

Coast Guard Strong – O’Rian’s story

None of the challenges that 9-year-old O’Rian Jolley have stopped him from working towards his dream of being a Coast Guardsman when he grows up.


Station Cleveland Harbor

Why I Serve: Steve Lynch

For me, the question is not why I serve, but why I still serve. I am close to completing my 33rd year of federal service, 21 years on active duty in the Air Force and the remainder as a civilian legal assistance attorney with the Coast Guard. Friends ask when I plan to retire, and my answer boils down to this: “Not anytime soon.”


Lt. Jack Rittichier

Lt. Jack Rittichier and the legacy of Vietnam

A 34-year-old Coast Guard pilot flew above the war-torn Republic of Vietnam with many uncertainties on his mind. While he and his fellow servicemembers faced the unknown, he was sure about one thing. “I just want to save lives as […]


Armed Forces Day: Keeping America strong & secure

Today we honor and celebrate the men and women of the United States armed forces. The Armed Forces Day celebration began when President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and […]


Shipmate of the Week – Magnus Graham

The Coast Guard is working to create a culture where our entire workforce understands sexual assault is a crime and will tolerate nothing short of respect for their fellow shipmates. As shipmates, each and every person in the Coast Guard […]


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