The Long Blue Line: Early African American service—first to serve and first to sacrifice

Very rare and faded photograph showing the original Pea Island Life-Saving Station crew and keeper, Richard Etheridge, on the left side. (U.S. Coast Guard)

African Americans comprise the longest serving minority in the United States Coast Guard. They were the first to serve and, in many ways, were the first to sacrifice, pioneering the way ahead for all minorities in the Coast Guard, U.S. military, and the nation.

Coast Guard co-hosts emergency management training

NEMBA students complete week one of the program (“Foundations of Emergency Management”) at the Old Dominion University Virginia Modeling, Analysis & Simulation Center in Suffolk, VA.

Members from the Coast Guard Office of Emergency Management and Disaster Response, Coast Guard 5thDistrict and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management recently collaborated to bring an exciting emergency management training opportunity to the field: a CG-VDEM pilot of the National Emergency Management Basic Academy.

Coast Guard recycles concrete buoy sinkers on artificial reef

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oak (WLB-211) crewmembers lower a buoy sinker into the Atlantic Ocean to add to an artificial reef near Yarmouth, Massachusetts. Photo courtesy of Mark Rousseau, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries.

The U.S. Coast Guard recycled more than 140,000 pounds of concrete buoy sinkers on an artificial reef near Yarmouth, Massachusetts. Coast Guard Cutter Oak and Aids to Navigation Team Woods Hole used the discontinued concrete sinkers to support the Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries’ artificial reef program.