Vice Admiral cook off

Cooking with the ‘Stars’

Third time was the charm for Vice Adm. Charles Ray, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, as he and his team narrowly defeated Vice Adm. William “Dean” Lee, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, in the third annual cooking competition at Training Center Petaluma, California. The training center trains more than 100 food service specialists annually and served as the perfect location to host the cook off.


Waste water treatment plant

Earth Day 2015: Coast Guard unit continues environmentally sustainable practices

Each year, Earth Day is celebrated worldwide to serve as a reminder to commit to environmental protection initiatives. The theme for Earth Day 2015 is “Our time to lead.” Training Center Petaluma, under the Petaluma Green program, continuously strives to be a Coast Guard leader in energy conservation and environmentally sustainable practices.


Joellen Mitchell

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Joellen Mitchell

At each of the Coast Guard’s Training Centers, there is a Performance Systems Branch made up of analysts, instructional systems specialists and curriculum developers who are all dedicated to creating valid, reliable performance-based training to prepare the workforce to perform our missions.


Flag Officer cook-off

Senior Coast Guard leaders cook off to raise awareness of service culinarians

As the Coast Guard’s second highest ranking officer, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger is accustomed to giving commands. However, during an annual culinary showdown at Training Center Petaluma, Calif., roles were reversed as he followed the commands of Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Foley, a Food Service Specialist “A” School instructor, and Seaman Rebeckah Kean, a Food Service Specialist “A” School student.


Shape the future: ET2 Joshua Zanze

“One of my biggest motivations is the desire to produce the best technicians possible to the fleet; people who can show up to their first unit as Electronics Technicians with the basic knowledge they need to be productive members of the team. It’s very rewarding to teach lessons and then see students perform well during the practical portion of the class.”


Shape the future: OS1 Korey Keefauver

Caring for my students’ well-being and for the quality of the training they receive drives my leadership style. Being able to communicate and relate with others are important skills for any instructor to be successful.


Smiles at homecoming

Celebrating the resiliency of the military child

As the Coast Guard and the other military services celebrate the resiliency of the military child during the month of April, we’re putting a spotlight on the Coast Guard’s 7-year partnership with national youth organization Boys & Girls Clubs of America. By helping military kids cope, adjust and progress through the most formative years of their lives, BGCA’s youth programs strive to make happiness and well-being a priority for military families.


Shipmate of the Week – Michael Hansen

Becoming more environmentally friendly can be as simple as reducing water use and recycling plastic, aluminum and paper products. But one shipmate isn’t stopping there. Michael Hansen is taking his responsibility to be a steward of our environment one step […]


Spill response

Week in the Life of the Coast Guard: Thursday

Written by Chief Petty Officer CC Clayton, editor-in-chief, Coast Guard Magazine Ever wonder what the Coast Guard does in an average week during the winter months? Probably pretty slow, right? While a lot of people are digging themselves out from […]