AETC Erin SImone

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: AETC Erin Simone

The name Douglas Munro is steeped in honor and history. Munro, the first and only Coast Guard member to receive the Medal of Honor, displayed all the characteristics of a great leader: leadership skills which inspire and motive others, selfless devotion to service, commitment to the development of others, and countless more. Munro’s efforts transcend time and place. It is only fitting, then, that the Coast Guard honors his namesake with an award given to those who embody Munro’s leadership skills and professional competence – the Douglas A. Munro Inspirational Leadership Award. The award recognizes a Coast Guard enlisted member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and professional competence to the extent of their rank and rate. The most recent recipient of the award, Chief Petty Officer Erin Simone, has done all this and more.


USCG and China Coast GUard

Interdiction on the high seas

Large-scale drift net fishing on the high seas is not only illegal, it also poses a significant threat to our oceans’ ecosystems. Together with international partners, Coast Guard cutters routinely participate in efforts to detect and deter these activities. One such cutter is Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, who recently transferred custody of the fishing vessel Yin Yuan, a 191-foot fishing vessel seized 625 miles east of Tokyo, Japan for large-scale high seas drift net fishing to the China Coast Guard vessel 2102.


Arctic tow

Meeting Arctic missions

With a stifling heat wave affecting most of the country last week, it’s hard to picture U.S. Coast Guard units focusing on our nation’s Arctic interests. But for a dedicated group of Coast Guard men and women, the Arctic is all that is on their mind. As the nation’s lead federal agency for ensuring maritime safety and security in the Arctic, the Coast Guard will perform its statutory missions to ensure the Arctic remains a safe, secure and environmentally protected region.


Coast Guard Cutter Rush

International partnership nabs another drift net violator

A destructive fishing practice indiscriminately killing massive amounts of marine life is taking place in our world’s oceans. The practice of dragging enormous nets suspended for miles in open water is called high seas drift net fishing and is a form of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.


There’s no place like Nome

Due to the tireless work of crews aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy and tanker vessel Renda, the final leg of a mission to deliver fuel to the town of Nome is now underway. Icebreaker Healy set out from Dutch Harbor […]