Author: U.S. Coast Guard

Dear Coast Guard Family: New Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Program

The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Program is now providing financial assistance to eligible families who are faced with out-of-pocket costs associated with shipping breast milk while the mother is away from home for more than 72 hours due to deployment, underway period, temporary duty, excused absences, or business trips.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Auxiliary – 80 years of Awesome!

A lot can happen in 80 years. The Coast Guard Auxiliary has written many stories over its lifetime, but we are not finished yet. As we move on through the 80th year of service of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, we start preparing for the next chapter in the organization’s life and relationship with the boating public and the U.S. Coast Guard.

National Data Buoy Center team helps mariners to weather storms

A team of U.S. Coast Guardsmen at the National Data Buoy Center helps to maintain a nation-wide network of data collecting weather buoys. The team organizes, coordinates and manages the deployment, service and recovery of 106 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorological weather buoys.

The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard geography lesson – Districts Areas

Chart showing Coast Guard districts in their current configuration. (U.S. Coast Guard)

The U.S. Coast Guard’s predecessor service, U.S. Life Saving Service, headed by Sumner Kimball was divided into a unique district system to administer its network of boat stations. By 1881, the Life Saving Service had 183 stations that were organized into 12 districts. Today the Coast Guard operates with nine districts that make up the Area command structure (Atlantic and Pacific areas). Learn more about the changes in organization in this week’s Long Blue Line blog.

RDT&E Spotlight: Ready for Rescue prize competition

The Coast Guard Research and Development Center (RDC) narrowed the field in the U.S. Coast Guard Ready for Rescue Challenge with a Piranha Pool pitch event. The competition seeks enhancements for personal flotation devices that will help make it easier for Coast Guard rescue personnel to find people in the water who are in need of aid.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MK1 Michael Penuel

Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Penuel, assistant engineering officer at Station Channel Islands Harbor, poses for a picture at Station Channel Islands Harbor in Oxnard, California, May 20, 2019. Penuel was awarded the Fireman First Class Paul Clark Boat Forces Engineer Award for his committed service to his peers, unit and Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Barney.

Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Penuel of Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor in California earned the 2018 Fireman First Class Paul Clark Boat Forces Engineer Award. Penuel has accrued more than 500 hours of maintenance on the station’s assets, saved the Coast Guard more than $220,000 in labor and a sought-after leader at his unit. Learn more about this exceptional member of our service in this week’s Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty.

Legacy of Light: Last-of-a-kind lighthouse shines over Chesapeake Bay

The Thomas Point Shoal Light is the last screw-pile lighthouse in its original foundation in the United States and the last lighthouse that Coast Guardsmen served in on the Chesapeake Bay. It represents a shared history with both Aids to Navigation and maritime and Coast Guard ATON crews maintain the aid with the same dedication as the crews that came before them for the last 230 years.

The Long Blue Line: Ensign Charles Duke and seizure of rum runner Greypoint

In 1925 during the height of Prohibition, Coast Guard Ensign Charles L. Duke make the most famous single-handed seizure in Coast Guard history. Duke gave no quarter to the crew of the SS Greypoint who were bound for Nassau with 1,400 50-gallon drums of alcohol worth an estimated half a million dollars.