Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Casey Lawrence and her spouse, Justin, also a Coast Guard member, stand with their children on Base Kodiak, Alaska, Nov. 3, 2018. Casey and her family enjoy all that Kodiak has to offer and they recently purchased their retirement home in Kodiak. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen.

Celebrating Military Family Month: It’s an Alaskan and family thing

Military families sacrifice a lot for their nation such as deployments, missing out on milestones and relocation. Military Family Month was created to celebrate the service and sacrifice of the patriots and families who make up America’s military. For one Coast Guard family, staying involved in the community and being active outdoors has helped Petty Officer 1st Class Casey Lawrence and her family stay resilient and loving the Alaskan lifestyle.

Honoring Coast Guard mothers

In the spirit of honoring Coast Guard mothers, we have gathered a few Coast Guard members who had a few things to say about their own mothers. Happy Mother’s Day!

Band of Brothers

The Zylawy brothers, Roman, Kenley and Wyatt all have a love of music and a strong sense to serve their country. Twins Roman and Kenley enlisted at the same time and went through boot camp together while younger brother Wyatt followed in their footsteps a few years later. They have all found their shipmates have become their extended family.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Mrs. Fran DeNinno-Zukunft join Coast Guard families stationed overseas for Thanksgiving Dinner. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

What I am most thankful for

For the second straight year, I am celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday overseas. This year, I had the privilege of joining Coast Guard families and our allies from the United Kingdom Royal Navy for Thanksgiving dinner. Without question, we have many reasons to be thankful. As Coast Guard Commandant, I am incredibly thankful.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Phillip Smith

As many across the nation unofficially celebrate National Grandparents Day on Sunday, we wanted to share a story of a proud Coast Guardsman in the words of his granddaughter.

Pride, courage, honor

So what is Veterans Day? It’s a day to stop and think about what these men and women have done for you and your family. What they have given up so you can have the freedoms you have. It’s a day to think about the lives that have been lost, so you can live yours.

Casey Van Huysen

Strength & resilience

One person who could be counted on in the months of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy was Casey Van Huysen. Van Huysen, a native of Mobile, Ala., is the ombudsman at Sector New York. Van Huysen worked with other military spouses after Hurricane Sandy hit to collect more than $235,000 worth of donations including food, clothing and toys. The spouses received and organized the generous amount of items donated to give to military families who were uprooted during the storm.

Caleb Gaudian (left) swears into service at a Military Entrance Processing Station.

Always Ready: The Gaudian Family

The Coast Guard is in his blood. Caleb Gaudian is a few weeks away from shipping to Coast Guard Basic Training. He won’t have much time in boot camp to ruminate on what brought him here, but his family history is rich with Coast Guard adventure.

holiday party

Coast Guard Family – In the finest of traditions

Each year, the holidays bring special focus on gathering with our families and celebrating the traditions that bring us meaning. This holiday season is no different for the Coast Guard family, which has come together to carry on some historic and meaningful traditions to serve one another and the communities in which we live.

Norris family

Shipmate of the Week – The Norris Chiefs

The bay was calm as my father, Enginemen 1st Class Harry L. Norris Sr., answered the call to set the special sea detail in May 1961. His newly constructed Coast Guard Point-class patrol boat trailed behind two other patrol boats as they neared the majestic Cape Charles lighthouse. An 8,000-mile, 45-day journey lay ahead for as the crew as they began their journey to the west, via the Panama Canal.

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