Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Monday

For the past 224 years the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests, providing a 24/7 presence along America’s rivers, ports, coastline and on the high seas. But while the Coast Guard’s presence and impact is regional, national and international, our operations are often out of sight.


O'Sullivan Family

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: SN, MK1 O’Sullivan

This week, “Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty” has the unique pleasure of highlighting the great work of Seaman Stephanie O’Sullivan and her husband Petty Officer 1st Class Brain O’Sullivan.


Shape the future: Be a recruit instructor

Editor’s note: This instructor profile is part of a series profiling some of the best instructors and company commanders at Training Center Cape May, N.J. Force Readiness Command will be featuring outstanding instructors regularly who go above and beyond to help shape the future of the Coast Guard at our eight training centers. Petty Officer 1st Class Lisa Zammiello is a senior instructor at Training Center Cape May and helps lead the unit’s firefighting school.


Petty Officer 1st Class Speece

These are my core values

Our core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty define who we are as the United States Coast Guard. A company commander’s primary mission in recruit training is to instill these values in the hearts and minds of every recruit along their journey to becoming a Coast Guardsman. Sexual assault is incompatible with our core values and, therefore, who we are as Coast Guardsmen. It is my goal to foster a culture of prevention, awareness and accountability in every recruit entrusted to my care. At the very root of this goal are our core values. Here’s my definition of how each one applies to sexual assault prevention.


Adm. Papp speaks at graduation

A foundation of proficiency

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp, the Coast Guard’s 24th commandant, was the keynote speaker for the ceremony and offered insight, wisdom and knowledge to the recruits. He discussed the Coast Guard’s many missions and the challenging environment in which its people serve, as well as the Coast Guard’s foundation of proficiency.


Coast Guard recruit

Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Recruit

The Coast Guard is a locally based, nationally deployed and globally connected organization. Coast Guard men and women can be found rescuing mariners in the Persian Gulf or safeguarding fisheries in the waters off Hawaii. So what does it take to acquire the skill sets necessary to save lives in one moment and then secure America’s ports the next? The answer for many is the eight-week intensive recruit training program at Training Center Cape May, N.J.


Operation Fireside

Operation Fireside: A home away from home

On a typical day at boot camp, recruits wait in line for “chow,” at the Coast Guard’s Training Center in Cape May, N.J. standing in a straight line, with shoulders to the “bulkhead” as Company Commanders bark orders. This past […]


Learning the Basics

Learning the Basics: Becoming Coast Guard Men and Women

This post is the second in a three-part series focused on the interaction of Recruit Company Delta 184 and their co-mentors Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara and Senior Chief Tracy Ripkey as the new recruits prepare for their first assignments. The […]


Coast Guard Basic Training Interview Series

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to go through Coast Guard bootcamp? Over the summer, five recruits were following through basic training at our Training Center in Cape May, NJ. You can watch their interviews and get a taste […]


Guardian of the Week – BMCS Martynowski

Chief Warrant Officer Veronica Bandrowsky and Petty Officer Second Class Amir Lawal contributed to this post. “This job is rewarding to say the least,” said Senior Chief Boatswains Mate (BMCS) Andrea L. Martynowski about her responsibilities at Coast Guard Training […]