From the Homefront: 2017 Coast Guard Military Child of the Year

A word often-used to describe military kids is resilience. One Coast Guard kid has brought new meaning to the word, and even received a national award in recognition for her enduring spirit in the face of adversity. Mary Kate Cooper, 17, is that kid, well, teen! Read the full blog to hear about her story. Congratulations to Mary on her selection as not only Operation Homefront’s Coast Guard Military Child of the Year, but the overall winner out of all five military service branches! Great job representing Team Coast Guard!


Krissy Esget will be the first female Coast Guardsman to participate in the Invictus Games.

Injured Coast Guardsman perseveres at Invictus Games

Though Krissy Esget recently earned a gold medal in shooting and several personal bests in swimming at the Navy Coast Guard Pacific Trials, just five years ago she was struck by a drunk driver and awoke in a hospital bed with multiple injuries. She doesn’t let her injuries hold her back, however. This year she will be first female Coast Guardsman to participate in the Invictus Games.


Coast Guardsman leads Team Navy at warrior games

Byrd – who currently is stationed at the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team in San Diego– is serving as Team Navy captain. He is the first Coast Guardsman to lead the team, and he will provide guidance and encouragement to his shipmates.


Krissy Esget

Bringing a smile to the 2015 Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials

Not long ago, I was in a dark place. Thankfully, the kindness of others, and my involvement in adaptive sports, brought much-needed light to my life. Last week, I participated in the 2015 Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials, and I was smiling from the moment the wheels of my plane touched down in Honolulu.


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2011 Warrior Games: The medal count

Over the weekend, Team Navy/Coast Guard wrapped up participation in the 2011 Warrior Games with an impressive second place finish in the team competition. In total, the team earned 27 medals during the games but, perhaps more importantly, the team left […]


Former Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Bell celebrates his first Warrior Games medal with his mother in 2010. He received a bronze medal in recumbent cycling. Photo courtesy of Navy Safe Harbor.

2011 Warrior Games: A mother’s perspective

Written by April Richie, mother of Team Navy/Coast Guard member Michael Bell. At about 10:30 p.m. on a cold November evening in 2007, I received a phone call that changed my life. My son, Mike, was in the hospital, a […]


Former Coast Guard Petty Officer Michael Bell carries the traditional torch during the opening ceremonies of the 2011 Warrior Games. U.S. Navy photo by Zona T. Lewis, Navy Safe Harbor.

2011 Warrior Games opening ceremonies

Written by Navy Safe Harbor Public Affairs. In an atmosphere filled with pride and patriotism, over 200 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen opened the 2011 Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., on […]


Coast Guard veteran Christopher Shunk training for the 2011 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs. Photo courtesy of Navy Safe Harbor.

Shipmate of the Week – Coast Guardsmen of the Warrior Games

This week, we honor three wounded Coast Guard veterans who continue to represent their country on a different field of battle – competitive sports. Lt. Sancho Johnson, Chief Petty Officer Christopher Shunk and Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Bell will represent the Coast Guard in the 2nd annual Warrior Games.