Chief Petty Officer Milton Casey, a company commander at Training Center Cape May, poses for a photo in the entryway of Munro Hall, a barracks located at Training Center Cape May, N.J., March 26, 2019. Casey volunteers his time for the Coast Guard as well as his local community, church, and children in Haiti. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Brahm.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Chief Petty Officer Milton Casey

Coast Guard recruits who have recently spent time at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, may know Chief Petty Officer Milton Casey as a stern company commander. Beyond his duties training incoming service members with his authoritative voice, Smokey Bear hat and unnaturally shiny boots, he is a dedicated family man and consummate community volunteer.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Botts, a company commander at Training Center Cape May, has his new rank pinned on him by his daughter and Chief Warrant Officer Jeremiah Savali after being meritoriously promoted to petty officer 1st class as part of the Meritorious Advancement Program, March 2, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard W. Brahm.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: SK1 Kyle Botts

The Coast Guard recently recognized the very first meritorious advancement as part of the Meritorious Advancement Program at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. Petty Officer 2nd Class Kyle Botts, a company commander and storekeeper, advanced to petty officer 1st class through his leadership, hard work and exceptional adherence to the core values of “Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.”


Patriotism drives Coast Guardsman to complete extreme run

Lt. Cmdr. Russell Merrick ran for nearly 105 hours straight, battled hallucinations, locked knees, blistered and severely swollen feet and pushed through pure exhaustion to complete the Bigfoot 200 Endurance Run that spans from Mount St. Helens in the Cascade Mountain Range in Washington to Randle, Washington. His drive and determination make him an inspiration to his fellow shipmates.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Capt. Todd Prestidge

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Capt. Todd Prestidge

“This is where the Coast Guard’s culture begins,” said Capt. Todd Prestidge. “At the training center, we embody the standard. We teach the standard. And we keep that standard safe for generations to come.” That is more than just a tag line for Prestidge. It is a mission statement.


Lt. David Shook lands on the tiny Tern Island amid mud and hundreds of birds that threaten to strand him and his crew in the path of a hurricane. Click the photo to watch the incredible landing. (Screen grab from USCG video)

From the Homefront: Watching our children take the oath

While new recruits are focused on honor, respect and devotion to duty, their moms are awash with pride, worry and anxiety. Some brand-new Coast Guard moms shared their experiences about what it is like to watch their children transition from civilian to military life.


From the Homefront: Getting your Sea Legs

It can take time to adjust to the pitch and roll of Coast Guard life. Recognizing that, a Coastie spouse developed a manual to help new members adjust – calling it Sea Legs, a reference to gaining our footing in unsteady waters.


Shape the future: CWO Kimberly Angel

I love to teach; I always have. Being a company commander provided me an opportunity to teach and develop our organization’s future leaders.


Shape the future: ET1 R.F. Williams

“If we are being honest, there were two reasons that motivated me to become a Company Commander. First, I wanted to give back to the service that had been so good to me for 12 years. I had a personal desire to make the biggest positive impact on the future of the Coast Guard and what better place to do that than TRACEN Cape May. This place is literally step one, ground zero, the event horizon of more than 80 percent of the Coast Guard’s entire workforce. Second, I needed a break from calibrating radar’s and replacing chart plotters.”


Shape the future: SK2 Nicholas Saporito

“Ever since I completed basic training, I have dreamt of becoming a Company Commander. I still remember my Company Commanders vividly, just like every Coast Guardsmen I have ever spoken to does.”


Shape the future: OS1 Melissa Mathis

Your career experience will help you become a better instructor and the recruits will benefit. Your experience as an instructor will help you become a better supervisor regardless of your career path.


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