Ombudsman Appreciation Day

Today is Ombudsman Appreciation Day and Compass would like to honor all those who have served as unit ombudsman. As we reflect on the vital support ombudsmen provide, Compass reached out to key players in the service’s ombudsman program to […]


Service – It runs in the family

November is Military Family Month and serves as a celebration of the service, strength and sacrifice of all military families. Their commitment to each other and our nation is truly inspirational. In honor of military families, we are sharing the […]


Coast Guard lends a hand for Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn. Extreme Makeover: Home Edition is a show known for bringing tears of joy to families who witness a dramatic reconstruction of their homes. During a recent production a few Coast Guardsmen were […]


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Public spirit & patriotism: The Coast Guard Auxiliary

The following blog was posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara. Over the weekend, I was honored to speak at the Coast Guard National Auxiliary Conference in Charlotte, N.C. The Coast Guard Auxiliary are the […]


A family embracing change

The Coast Guardsman Creed challenges every member to “endeavor to be a model citizen in the community that I live in.” Between training, operations and the need to attend to their own family lives, finding time to be an active […]


Strengthening mission readiness through family services

Posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara. The Coast Guard performs a long list of services on an average day. From saving lives to screening vessels, Coast Guard men and women […]


Admiral Bob Papp and Coast Guard Foundation president Anne Brengle

The force behind the force: Lifelines

As a ship captain, you quickly learn when the sky darkens and the seas get rough to have extra life lines rigged fore and aft for crew members that may need to venture out on the weather decks during the storm. If they fall, they will land between the life lines – not overboard. For more than forty years, the Coast Guard Foundation has been the life line for Coast Guard men, women and their families.


Adm. Bob Papp

Adm. Papp: One year and on track

Last Friday, I had the opportunity to see first-hand many areas devastated by Mississippi River flooding. I also got to see Coast Guard men and women in action, engaging their unique skills, authorities and capabilities to protect people who have been impacted by these rising waters. It was reminiscent of last summer when I began my term and we were embroiled in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup.


Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Ombudsmen bridge units and families

Posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp. This post is the first in a series from Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp to provide more insight into his Year of the Coast Guard […]


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New scholarship will support Coast Guard families

Earlier this week, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp announced the creation of the Coast Guard Chief Warrant and Warrant Officers Association Lt. Art and Eleanor Colona Scholarship Grant. Established by CWOA, the scholarship will be offered annually as a […]