Category: History

Guardian of the Week: LTjg La’Shanda Holmes

This week’s Guardian of the Week post comes to us from Naval Air Station Whiting Field where history was made as Lieutenant (junior grade) La’Shanda Holmes had her wings pinned on and became the first African American female helicopter pilot in the United States Coast Guard. Lt. Jeanine Menze, the first African American female aviator

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How the sinking of the Titanic changed the world

The RMS Titanic on its maiden voyage in 1912. (Coast Guard photo) Everyone has heard about the “unsinkable” RMS Titanic, but 98 years removed we have little connection to the disaster other than watching a movie or documentary.  In the world of 1912, the April 14th sinking of the world’s largest, most advanced ship shook

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Plane at closed museum to be restored by Coast Guard for memorial

The following article is being reprinted with the permission of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Special thanks to Star-Telegram Editor Jim Witt and senior reporter Chris Vaughn. Post written by Chris Vaughn, Fort Worth Star-Telegram CRESSON — Eighteen months ago, Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Matt Boyd started scouring the country for an HU-16 Albatross,

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Duck Hunt – JPAC bringing home the heroes

Next week we anticipate a decision from the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command on their plans for the recovery of the Coast Guard crew missing in Greenland since WWII. They’re charged with the heavy task of bringing home all missing military personnel from past conflicts. “The highest priority of the organization is the return of any

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History: The Women’s Reserve, America’s backbone

This month’s history post comes to us from the Coast Guard’s 13th District and tells the story of some of the first SPARs to report for duty in the Pacific Northwest. The sacrifices made by the SPARs and their counterparts in the other military services were not only a direct contribution to the outcome of

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Guardians pay their respects to LT Herbert Collins

Lieutenant Herbert Collins as a surfman at the all-black life saving station at Pea Island, North Carolina during Word War II. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) Earlier today Coast Guard leaders paid their respects to a Coast Guard hero. Vice Admiral Robert J. Papp, President Obama’s nominee to be the next Commandant of the Coast Guard,

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Duck Hunt – The Air Pirates

Rafid Tuma, one of the Air Pirates to accompany the Coast Guard during it's expedition to Greenland in 2009, discusses what the Air Pirates do, several of their projects and the group's background. The Air Pirates are a crew of about a half-dozen airplane salvage experts who have recovered dozens of aircraft, many of them

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UPDATED: First Sentinel Class cutter named for CG hero Webber

The 153-foot long Sentinel-class patrol boat is capable of speeds of 28 plus knots. It is armed with one stabilized, remotely-operated 25mm chain gun and four crew-served .50 caliber machine guns. It has a crew capacity of 22 people and is able to perform independently for a minimum of five days at sea and be

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Coast Guard sponsored musher takes 4th in Iditarod

Coast Guard sponsored Iditarod racer Ken Anderson departs on the race re-start point of the 38th edition of the Iditarod in Willow, Alaska. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley) When the 2010 Iditarod came to a close, Coast Guard sponsored musher Ken Anderson added another top-5 finish to his storied

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