Category: Operations

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.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: ET3 Katherine Atha

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) is home away from home for Petty Officer 3rd Class Katherine Atha. Atha joined the Coast Guard to travel, and you can’t travel much farther than she has on Bertholf, which just transited the Pacific Ocean to East China Sea. Her supervisor calls her a “self-starter” with a really positive attitude. Learn more about Atha in this spotlight blog.

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.