Author: LTJG Katherine Sowers

Helping wayward manatees & turtle hatchlings

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There is more than meets the eye when it comes to the Coast Guard. While search and rescue and law enforcement tend to dominate the headlines, that doesn’t mean the Coast Guard isn’t performing other missions in communities across our nation. One of these roles is living marine resources, a vital mission of enforcing laws

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Shipmate of the Week- Elaine Sevin

Elaine Sevin, president of 7-Dippity, Inc., received the Coast Guard Meritorious Public Service Award for her support of the environmental mission of the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard Photo. Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Ameen, 7th Coast Guard District public affairs. With more than 12,000 miles of coastline in the United States, every

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It takes more than luck

With frigid temperatures strong winds and fast-moving currents, lives at sea can be lost or saved in a matter of minutes. Perhaps no one understands this more than the fisherman. Fishermen live their lives on the water and understand the necessity to be vigilant at all times and anticipate the sea’s unforeseen actions. The responsibility

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Shipmate of the Week: BM3 Tonya Midgett

Petty Officer 3rd Class Tonya Midgett, a boatswain’s mate, rendered assistance to her hometown of Cape Hatteras after there was severe destruction from Hurricane Irene. Photo provided by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tonya Midgett. East Coast towns battened down the hatches as Hurricane Irene reaped havoc in the summer of 2011, and the community of

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Paying it forward

Each year, the President of the United States designates September 15 to October 15 as National Hispanic Heritage Month – a national celebration of the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Continuing Compass’ recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month 2011, we bring

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Shipmate of the Week – MK1 Juston Heacox

The Silver Lifesaving Medal is awarded by the Commandant of the Coast Guard to any person who rescues, or attempts to rescue, any person from perilous events on the water. Since 1874, approximately 1,900 Silver Lifesaving Medals have been awarded. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bradshaw. Every day Coast Guard

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Shipmate of the Week- LCDR Angelina Hidalgo


A 2000 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Lt. Cmdr. Hidalgo earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in government. In 2005, after earning a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College in Washington, D.C., Hidalgo served as a maritime terrorism analyst at the National Counterterrorism Center.

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Shipmate of the Week- CDR Malcolm McLellan

The sea is an inherently dangerous place to make a living for America’s fishing fleets. When an American life is lost at sea it is the job of the Coast Guard marine investigator to determine what happened and how it can be avoided in the future. One recent case that exemplifies the role of the

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Saving lives through safe boating

A Coast Guard Auxiliary member inspects a recreational boaters flares during a free vessel safety inspection. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen. As a maritime nation, America has long turned to its waterways as a means of transportation and economic pursuits. Yet, America’s seas, lakes, rivers and streams are

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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Corps of Cadets

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Cadets collect the recycling from Academy buildings. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Ashley Cordi. Leaders create and cause change. The Coast Guard Academy develops the service leaders of tomorrow, in turn shaping the future of the Coast Guard. Beyond military leadership, the academy strives to lead by example with a culture of sustainability. The

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