Category: Operations

Behind the scenes of devastation: Coast Guard men and women go to extraordinary lengths to aid response and recovery

Whenever disaster hits, Coast Guard operators worked tirelessly on the frontlines to respond to those affected – and behind the scenes, the men and women of Coast Guard Mission Support worked to ensure resources were available at the speed of need. Learn more about their slightly less visible but just as vital role!

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Mike Sollosi

From American ports to European capitals, a senior U.S. Coast Guard civilian has guided navigation standards and helped to make mariners afer around the world. Mike Sollosi, the chief of the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Standards Division, retired after 42 years of uniformed and civilian service.

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.

Remember the Tampa! Purple Heart Initiative

After a German U-boat torpedoed Coast Guard Cutter Tampa, the ship sank with all 130 men in 1918 off the coast of England. In 1952, President Harry S. Truman signed an executive order to allow the awarding of the Purple Heart to be retroactive for actions after April 5, 1917, an award that had been restored to use 14 years after Tampa sank. However, Tampa was overlooked until 1999. In May 2019, 10 families of Tampa crew members were presented Purple Hearts to honor their family members’ service to the country.