Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Cummings, an electrician's mate at Coast Guard Station Portage, Mich., hauls a buoy along the station's pier. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Johnson.

Operation Fall Retrieve in full swing

Ice season is here! To ensure the safety of vessels transiting the Great Lakes, crews from around the 9th Coast Guard District began their annual buoy retrieval, Operation Fall Retrieve. Operation Fall Retrieve, which affects lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons, commenced with a goal of retrieving 1,278 navigational aids. The operation, the largest domestic ATON recovery operation in the U.S., is scheduled to be complete in late December.