Honor Respect Devotion to Duty

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Cmdr. Heidi Koski, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley Cruz

The Capt. Dorothy Stratton Leadership Award and the MCPO Pearl Faurie Leadership Award were established in 2001 to recognize women who demonstrate exceptional leadership. Lt. Cmdr. Heidi Koski and Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley Cruz were the 2016 recipients of the awards, respectively. The awards were presented at the Sea Service Leadership Association’s 29th Annual Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: OS3 Dale Arnould

Although his job was operations specialist, he was better known as a Coast Guard storyteller, a creative genius who reveled in capturing epic moments of Coast Guard Alaska’s story. Read more about the crewmember of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley who won the public affairs 2014 Alex Haley award.

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.

Members of the Bay Area Chief's Mess hold letters spelling the words "No Bystanders" on the flight deck of Coast Guard Cutter Stratton April 3, 2013. The Chief's Mess sponsored the day as Service Dress Blues Day to attract attention and begin discussions with personnel about sexual assault prevention awareness. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, and during this month, every unit in the Coast Guard will conduct a unit sexual assault awareness and prevention event to inform personnel about how to prevent sexual assault and resources available. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie)

Chiefs dress up to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

If you were at a Coast Guard unit yesterday you may have wondered why Coast Guard chiefs were walking around in their dress uniforms in the middle of the week. Good. That is just the conversation starter we wanted when we created Service Dress Blue Day. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in the Coast Guard and, as chiefs, we wanted to send a very strong message to all Coast Guardsmen that sexual assault will not be tolerated in our Coast Guard.


This is my Coast Guard. This is my unit. This is my watch.

The month of April is designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and throughout the month Coast Guard Compass will highlight first-person accounts from men and women of the Coast Guard who are taking a stand against the crime of sexual assault. Our first account comes from Master Chief Petty Officer Devin R. Spencer, officer-in-charge of Station San Francisco, whose experience has taught him “It all starts at the top.”

CG-1705 Memorial Service

A memorial service and reception will be held to honor the seven Guardians and two Marines tragically lost while engaged in search and rescue operations on October 29, 2009. Hosted by Coast Guard Air Station (CGAS) Sacramento, 6037 Price Avenue, McClellan, […]

Memorial Day

Memorial Day. Besides the barbecues, the fireworks, the long weekend out on the boat, do you take the time to sit and think about what Memorial Day means? Will you take the time to thank the veterans that you know, […]