Coast Guard Family Month: Steadfast follower

It’s not unusual for a child to follow in their parent’s footsteps. Matthew Walker, a retired Coast Guard captain and former commanding officer of three cutters: Manitou, Polar Star and Steadfast, has two sons who followed him into the Coast Guard – Fireman Maxwell Walker, currently attending Machinery Technician “A” School in Yorktown, Virginia, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Alan Nielsen, a boatswain’s mate at Station Coos Bay in Charleston, Oregon. One of his sons even followed his footsteps to one of the very cutters he commanded.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Chief Petty Officer Timothy Soboleski

Chief Petty Officer Timothy Soboleski, a reserve electrician’s mate stationed at Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, Michigan, carries on the chief’s strong tradition of enlisted leadership. Soboleski was recognized for his leadership when he was awarded the 2015 Master Chief Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award – Reserves.

Tradewinds 2015

Tradewinds 2015: Strengthening parternships throughout the Caribbean

Tradewinds, an annual Caribbean-focused exercise overseen by U.S. Southern Command, focuses on building and strengthening partnerships. The exercise helps nations better respond to natural disasters and land and maritime threats, including illicit trafficking.

Get fit: Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test

Lt. Cmdr. Sean Plankey, currently deployed with Expeditionary Cyber Support Element under U.S. Forces Afghanistan, talks about his experiences keeping fit in a joint operating environment and accepting the challenge to participate in the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test.


Life of a service dog: Veteran pre-placement training

Veterans Moving Forward provides veterans with therapy and service dogs. Among the puppies they are raising to help veterans cope with various injuries is an assistance dog in training that is near and dear to our hearts. His name is Nathan, in honor of Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal.

Armed Forces Day: Keeping America strong & secure

Today we honor and celebrate the men and women of the United States armed forces. The Armed Forces Day celebration began when President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and […]

Bold Alligator 2012: Revitalizing amphibious warfare

We continue our coverage of Operation Bold Alligator 2012, the largest amphibious assault exercise in a decade. Currently taking place off the coasts of Virginia, North Carolina and Florida, this story picks up where the first left off as Port […]

HH65 Dolphic Helicopter

UPDATE: Coast Guard helps rescue Marines from downed helicopter

Update: The status of the rescued aircrew has been updated in paragraph four as well as the efforts to extract the downed aircraft in paragraph five. When the SAR alarm sounded last night at Coast Guard Air Station Barber’s Point, […]

Vice Adm. Currier

100 years of Naval Aviation: San Diego kick-off

As part of our ongoing celebration of the 2011 Centennial of Naval Aviation, the Compass brings you a guest post by Vice Adm. John Currier, the Coast Guard’s senior aviator. Written by Vice Adm. John Currier, Chief of Staff and […]

Armed Forces Day 2010: United In Strength

Today is Armed Forces Day 2010. Please join us in honoring all of the men and women who serve in the United States armed forces. On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed […]

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