Preparation keeps Coast Guard crews ‘Semper Paratus’

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard have, throughout the service’s history, defined the meaning of our motto “Semper Paratus” through their bravery and perseverance. Semper Paratus, Latin for “always ready”, is fitting for the service whose members always respond to calls for help.


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Women in command

2013 marked an unprecedented year in Coast Guard aviation with four of its 28 aviation units commanded by women. Prior to these assignments, the service had, at most, only one female aviator in command at a time. The first was retired Vice Adm. Vivien Crea who assumed command of Air Station Detroit in 1992. Following the trail blazed by Crea, the women who fill these roles today are as diverse as the aircraft they fly and the missions their units execute every day.