Author: mamanning1

The Long Blue Line: Master Chief McShan—leader, mentor, trailblazer and FRC namesake

SK1 McShan before her rating change from SK to YN. At time of the photograph, McShan was Civil Rights Counselor/Facilitator at TRACEN Petaluma. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Master Chief Angela M. McShan, a 20-year veteran of the Service, was the first African-American woman to achieve the enlisted rank of master chief and was a distinguished role model for the Coast Guard’s core values. Later this year, she will be honored as namesake of the new Fast Response Cutter Angela McShan.

The Long Blue Line: the first historian—a remembrance

Truman R. Strobridge, the first Coast Guard historian, passed away at his home in Jacksonville, Florida, July 21, 2019. Truman Strobridge’s varied career is one that few, if any, in the Federal Government can match. He is one of the reasons the long history of the U.S. Coast Guard has garnered greater attention from historians as well as the American public.