DHS Secretary Johnson addresses Coast Guard’s newest officers

Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson welcomed the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 2014 as the service’s newest complement of officers yesterday. Alongside degrees with majors ranging from humanities to engineering, cadets received commissions in the U.S. Coast Guard to officially begin careers in service to the country’s maritime needs.


A voice for cuttermen

As Master Chief Petty Officer Lloyd Pierce prepared to pass down the station keeper’s hat and long glass of the Silver Ancient Mariner, his 30-plus year career passed into history. But the impact of his efforts to honor the profession of cuttermen remained. Pierce graduated from boot camp at Cape May, N.J. in March 26, 1982, and received the Silver Ancient Mariner designation nearly 30 years later on Aug. 19, 2011.

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A call to duty on the high seas

Built during the twilight era of sail, Coast Guard Cutter Eagle’s construction embodies centuries of development in the art and history of shipbuilding. Today, the teak decks of the barque served as a fitting platform for the time-honored tradition of the Ancient Mariner ceremony.

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Why I Serve – BMCM Lloyd Pierce

This is why I serve in our Coast Guard. We don’t say it’s too hard, we don’t say we’re too tired, we don’t say we can’t, we don’t say no. We say “AYE-AYE!” Even when we’re fatigued, battered or challenged, we find a way to get to “AYE-AYE!” We understand and will comply.

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 […]

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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 […]