Author: Lt. j.g. Carl McLaughlin

Honoring fallen Coast Guard heroes

As we observe the manners of our profession this Memorial Day, we remember and honor our nation’s Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who died while in military service. We must never forget that freedom is not free, but is only made possible by the thousands of patriots who stood the watch and selflessly made the ultimate sacrifice to serve our nation. We owe them an eternal debt of gratitude.

Fly-fishing for a cause

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Fly fishing can work wonders for those rehabbing injuries of the body and mind. It takes patience and skill to master. It also takes repetition and commitment, not unlike rehab exercises. Cmdrs. James Kammel and Cliff Neve volunteered at the 7th annual “2 Fly” competition in partnership with Project Healing Waters, a non-profit organization bringing wounded and disabled veterans together for therapeutic fly-fishing. “2 Fly” is literally a two-flies-only fishing competition where the most prolific angler takes the crown.

The Coast Guard in Colorado?

The CMD Command Center (CCC) is the fusion center of all operations inside Cheyenne Mountain. In this center, the Command Director (CD) and his/her crew serve as NORAD, USNORTHCOM, and USSTRATCOM’s direct representative for monitoring, processing, and interpreting missile, space, or air events which could threaten North America or have operational impacts on our forces or capabilities. Photo courtesy of USNORTHCOM.

More than one mile above sea level with a view of the beautiful Rocky Mountains live and work a group of Coast Guard men and women. As both a military service and law enforcement agency, the Coast Guard, with its broad authorities and unique operating capabilities, provide the USNORTHCOM commander greater flexibility to respond to threats against America.

Chiefs dress up to recognize Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month

Members of the Bay Area Chief's Mess hold letters spelling the words "No Bystanders" on the flight deck of Coast Guard Cutter Stratton April 3, 2013. The Chief's Mess sponsored the day as Service Dress Blues Day to attract attention and begin discussions with personnel about sexual assault prevention awareness. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention month, and during this month, every unit in the Coast Guard will conduct a unit sexual assault awareness and prevention event to inform personnel about how to prevent sexual assault and resources available. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie)

If you were at a Coast Guard unit yesterday you may have wondered why Coast Guard chiefs were walking around in their dress uniforms in the middle of the week. Good. That is just the conversation starter we wanted when we created Service Dress Blue Day. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month in the Coast Guard and, as chiefs, we wanted to send a very strong message to all Coast Guardsmen that sexual assault will not be tolerated in our Coast Guard.

Shipmate of the Week – LCDR Martha Rodriguez

Lt. Cmdr. Martha Rodriguez, US Coast Guard

Leading the charge to increase diversity within the Coast Guard, Lt. Cmdr. Rodriguez knows we are stronger as an organization because of our differences. Thanks to members like her, the Coast Guard is a vibrant, dynamic service branch that has consistently met every challenge put before it.

Amplifying Arctic capabilities through air and sea

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Los Angeles flies missions while attached to the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf in the Bering Sea, Sept. 17, 2012. Both units are deployed to the Arctic region in support of Operation Arctic Shield in order to test operational capabilities and to participate in community outreach efforts. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo

A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Los Angeles flies missions while attached to the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf in the Bering Sea, Sept. 17, 2012. Both units are deployed to the Arctic region in support of Operation Arctic Shield in order to test operational capabilities and to participate in community outreach efforts. U.S.

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