Adm. Bob Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard, presents the 2009 Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf Award to Congressman Elijah Cummings. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

General Messages Weekly Roundup

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information for Coast Guard members.


The Journalist rating

2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Journalist rating, a predecessor rating of the current Public Affairs Specialist rating. Today there are approximately 76 Public Affairs Specialists on active duty who manage the Coast Guard’s day-to-day external communications and deploy to major incidents to conduct public information campaigns.


Paratus Report: April 2017, Episode 2

Here is the newest edition of the Paratus Report! This episode covers the Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team and the 2016 Chief Journalist Alex Haley Award winners. You don’t want to miss it!


2016 Chief Journalist Alex Haley award

The Chief Journalist Alex Haley Award, named for the renowned author, recognizes achievements of individual authors and photographers whose published works have helped to raise the visibility of the Coast Guard. Links to the winning submissions can be found here.


General Messages Weekly Round-up

This week’s General Messages Weekly Round-up highlights information about the foul weather parka, solicitations for public affairs and engineering award recipients, mandatory completely of the reserve mobilization learning management course, and the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference. Read the full post to find out more!


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.


Are you sharing the Coast Guard’s story?

Is your unit committed to sharing the Coast Guard’s story? Has your unit commanding officer made public affairs a priority in supporting mission success? Have you built strong relationships with local media to help get operational successes on the nightly news? Do you successfully use Facebook to keep those in your area of responsibility informed ahead of a storm? If so, you should get in an application for the 2013 CDR Jim Simpson Public Affairs Award.


Remembering Chief Journalist Alex P. Haley: 1921-1992

Eighty-eight years ago today, Chief Journalist (JOC) Alex P. Haley came into this world and started what would become a remarkable journey. He joined the Coast Guard as a mess attendant at the age of 18, but in just a […]