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General Messages Weekly Round-up

This week’s General Messages brings you awards for some outstanding Coast Guard members! Check it out!


Enlisted Ancient Albatross Change of Watch

An ‘ancient’ transfer of controls

“This position represents the culmination of my aviation career and I am proud to represent the Coast Guard’s enlisted air crewmembers. I am excited to meet with the Coast Guard’s distinguished current and former aviators and air crewmen to share our Aviation legacy.”


Rear Adm. John Korn passes on traditional flight gear to Vice Adm. Charles Ray during a change of watch ceremony at Air Station New Orleans. Ray relieved Korn as the Coast Guard's 25th Ancient Albatross. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Carrying on an ‘ancient’ tradition

“I knew a helicopter could take you far, but I never imagined it would take me this far.”


Senior Chief Petty Officer Peter MacDougall passes the mantle of Enlisted Ancient Albatross of the Coast Guard to Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Ferreira. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell

Flying dinosaurs

Senior Chief Petty Officer Peter MacDougall recalled the dark and stormy nights he went out into, knowing his wife could hear the helicopter take off from their house, imagining the anxiety it caused her. He spoke about the close calls. He spoke about survivors he rescued from the grip of the sea, and the men and women he served alongside who made each of his 40 years of service special.


Honorary plane

The passing of wings: An ‘ancient’ tradition

Ancient. It’s not normally something you’d want to be called. Unless of course, you are earning the title of a Coast Guard “ancient” – an honor given to a select group of experienced service members. Today, in a change of watch ceremony held at Air Station Traverse City, Mich., retired Vice Adm. John Currier passed the Ancient Albatross designation to Rear Adm. John Korn.


Joshua James

History: Honoring our profession through tradition

Written by Nora L. Chidlow, archivist in the U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office For most, being called “ancient” isn’t a good thing. But, in the Coast Guard being an Ancient is a tradition steeped in the Service’s history. For the […]


Master Chief Pierce

Shipmate of the Week – Master Chief Lloyd Pierce

The lore of being at sea has inspired generations of sailors since the very foundation of our country. Life aboard a ship has a heritage that is rife with ritual and is the source of inspiration for every sailor’s favorite […]


itCG-CGC Healy returns to port, airborne use of force, Ancient Albatross

Yesterday, CGC Healy returned to homeport in Seattle after a two-month deployment to the Arctic region. The cutter spent the summer on a scientific mission studying the ocean floor with the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent. Click here […]


Guardian of the Week – VADM Crea

This morning, Vice Admiral Vivien S. Crea was properly relieved by Vice Admiral David Pekoske as the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard. Over the last three years, she served as second in command and Chief Operating Officer of the […]