Author: U.S. Coast Guard

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.

Leading the way into space

Coast Guard Academy graduate Ensign Anita Green led a group of cadets on a capstone project to design a cube satellite meant to travel in space on a polar orbit to allow Coast Guard and other partner agencies to monitor icebergs. In theory, the satellites could save the U.S. millions of dollars. Green hopes her work on the project and in the Coast Guard lead to a career as an astronaut.

Captain dedicates 34 years to saving lives, enabling commerce

Capt. Kevin C. Kiefer dedicated more than three decades to keeping mariners safe and keeping the nation’s economy on course. He played a critical role in shaping the Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook document that serves to guide the Coast Guard’s efforts across the Marine Transportation System – covering 25,000 miles of waterways that facilitate more than $4.6 trillion in economic activity a year.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Academy Class of 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduated and commissioned 240 new ensigns in the 2019 Commencement exercises. The class resonates with the Coast Guard Core Values with sources of pride and areas of shortcomings. Learn more about the Class of 2019 in this week’s Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty.