Personnel from the Coast Guard Headquarters, Department of Homeland Security, and General Services Administration deliver 323 backpacks for elementary students in three District of Columbia Housing Administration communities. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Equipping local students for a new school year

This summer, t Coast Guard Headquarters partnered with Department of Homeland Security and General Services Administration personnel on the historic St. Elizabeths campus to donate backpacks and school supplies for kindergarten through fifth grade students in several Washington, D.C., communities. The results of the 2018 Back-to-School Backpack Drive were amazing with 323 backpacks filled with the necessary school supplies to help students start the school year off right.


From the Homefront: A parent’s guide to surviving summer break

Unsure how to keep your school-age crew busy this summer? This From the Homefront blog offers tips to keep your little ones (and even your older little ones!) entertained this summer – for FREE or at least a little cheaper!


From the Homefront: Back to school

We just moved again, and the first thing I did when I got to Northern Virginia was to register my kids for school. I was dreading it. It can be complicated, and I just wasn’t up to having to argue about placements and documentation from the last school. I know I am not alone in dreading all the coordination and planning involved in starting a new school. Getting ready for every school year, even if you’ve been there for a while, can be stressful. So I asked some Coastie spouses to join me in offering tips for getting prepared.


In the community: The Coast Guard coloring book

If you’ve ever hosted an elementary school group on a unit tour or visited a third-grade classroom, you probably know the challenge of keeping kids engaged. The under-12 set might “ooh and ahh” over a shiny helicopter or uniform bling, but they aren’t going to sit still for a PowerPoint deck to learn about the missions of the Coast Guard. Coast Guard Community Relations is happy to offer you a solution. A new Coast Guard coloring book is now available.


From the Homefront: Finding the right school

As military families, we tend to have particular difficulties in transferring our kids to new school systems. So far, 46 states have banded together in a committment to ease those difficulties as part of the Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, often referred to as MIC3.


SAR Math

Search + Rescue = Math

Just how does the Coast Guard find a person in the vast ocean with not much more to go on than a radio mayday call? It takes training, experience and… math. Recently, search and rescue coordinators in the 17th Coast […]


Guardian of the Week – BMCS Martynowski

Chief Warrant Officer Veronica Bandrowsky and Petty Officer Second Class Amir Lawal contributed to this post. “This job is rewarding to say the least,” said Senior Chief Boatswains Mate (BMCS) Andrea L. Martynowski about her responsibilities at Coast Guard Training […]


Coast Guard Dive Program

Earlier this week the Compass posted an article about a mission to clean up a Hawaiian national monument. The story provided a behind the scenes, or should I say, below the surface glimpse into the missions Guardians perform to protect […]