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The Long Blue Line: Class of 1980—40 years of women at the Academy

Cmdr. Kathy A. Hamblett, United States Coast Guard retired Framed as heroes, we are often labeled as courageous by others. To most of us, it felt like survival. And we persevered as only the young can–with verve and humor.                       Cmdr. Kathy Hamblett (retired), Coast Guard Academy Class of 1980 In recognition of 40 years

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The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard PSUs—Established 30 years ago for the Persian Gulf War!

Capt. John R. Olson, United States Coast Guard Reserve (retired) Beginning in 1982, the United States Coast Guard assigned responsibility to the Ninth Coast Guard District in Cleveland, Ohio, to train reservists for military mobilization. The intended mission of these “notional,” or prototype units, was to perform harbor defense for offload ports supporting that support

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The Long Blue Line: “Into the Jaws of Death”—SM2 John Roberts and LCI-93 at Omaha Beach

BM1 William A. Bleyer, United States Coast Guard [Editor’s note: This article was inspired by a story written by PAC Matthew R. Schofield for Coast Guard Magazine in 2010.] “We were sitting ducks and the Germans clearly had us in their sights.“                             Steward’s Mate 2nd Class John Noble Roberts, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve The

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The Long Blue Line: Native Americans in the Coast Guard—Semper Paratus since 1815

William H. Thiesen, Historian, Coast Guard Atlantic Area In 1815, the lighthouse keeper at Gay Head Light, Martha’s Vineyard, hired members of the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe as assistants. The keeper recommended these men as the best workers available to support lighthouse operations. Since then, Native Americans from a variety of tribal nations have participated in

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The Long Blue Line: Operation “Relevant Ursa”–Bear training in West Africa

Ensign Malia R.K. Hindle, United States Coast Guard Cutter Bear During its most recent patrol, Coast Guard Cutter Bear diverted from an Eastern Pacific counter-narcotics patrol to support Operation “Relevant Ursa (Latin for bear)” in West Africa. Under the tactical control (TACON) of Coast Guard Atlantic Area, Bear quickly prepared for its 95-day deployment to

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The Long Blue Line: Cutterman John Faunce—distinguished officer of the Revenue Cutter Service

Paul H. Johnson, Librarian, Coast Guard Academy (retired) This Department in closing its official connection with Captain Faunce is happy to express to you its satisfaction at the prompt, energetic and able manner in which he has conducted his command whilst in its service.                Navy Secretary Isaac Toucey to Treasury Secretary Howell Cobb, April

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The Long Blue Line: The Ensign—Coast Guard’s brand identity since 1799!

Special Agent Keith J. Bassolino, United States Coast Guard Reserve When Alexander Hamilton established the “system of cutters” in 1790, the fleet was charged with enforcing U.S. customs laws, requiring revenue cutters to stop ships and board them. However, Hamilton’s cutters needed a way to identify themselves as federal vessels. Congress failed to appropriate funds

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