Harriet Colfax & the women of the Lighthouse Service

This month’s commemoration of women’s history highlights the achievements of women in the Coast Guard and celebrates their qualities of character, courage and compassion. The Coast Guard is unique among others in that women joined the professional ranks in the Lighthouse Service decades before the Civil War. They were typically hired when their husbands or fathers, who were the keepers, fell ill or passed away. But there were a few who obtained an appointment in their own right.

Sanding in Cape May, N.J.

Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Monday

From July 29 to Aug. 4, 2013, we captured a week in the life of the service to highlight the missions performed by America’s Coast Guard. From the silent reverence of a unit observing morning colors to a daring rescue mission to save an F-16 pilot, you’ll get a glimpse of just how much the Coast Guard does as we feature a day-by-day snapshot.