Tarmac at sunrise

Ringing in the New Year with rhyme: Ashore

On New Year’s Eve the midnight log entry at a Coast Guard unit takes on a life of its own and is traditionally written as a poem. The Compass reached out to those standing the mid-watch to share the tradition of applying verse to the log as we all rung in 2013.


California crackdown takes seizures over 50-ton mark

Halting the flow of illegal drugs into the country can seem like a daunting task. However, vigilant Coast Guard crews are undeterred, meeting the challenges of drug interdiction head on. In California, their efforts are paying off. The Coast Guard recently surpassed a 50-ton milestone for marijuana seized at sea off the California coast this fiscal year. There have been 56 seizures of drug-smuggling boats or abandoned maritime drug offloads since October 2011 in the Southern California area; that is four times the amount seized in the same area during the entire previous fiscal year.

Buffalo marine inspector

Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Thursday

We’re more than half way through the week and there are still tons of Coast Guard missions to share! Check out what happened on Thursday in a week in the life of the Coast Guard. From July 30 to August 5, Coast Guard men and women captured a week in the life of the Coast Guard to highlight the missions we perform on a daily basis. From a port security unit on a morning patrol off the coast of Kuwait to flight operations off the coast of Seattle, you’ll get a glimpse of just how much the Coast Guard does.

Your Coast Guard in 2011 – Pacific Southwest

In addition to the 11th Coast Guard District’s record-breaking drug busts and hundreds of life-saving missions, the Coast Guard played a key role in an unusual operation mounted off the coast of Southern California in 2011 that solved a decades-old mystery.


Shipmate of the Week- LCDR Angelina Hidalgo

Every member of the Coast Guard has a unique path they have carved for themselves; one in which there are endless possibilities and each member defines their own success and where they want to go. Lt. Cmdr. Angelina Hidalgo is […]