Category: Operations

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.

Future leaders: First Class Cadet Kyla Hughley

Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Kyla Hughley always knew she wanted a career in the military and in the sky. Hughley distinguished herself at the Academy by making it her mission to try out for every extra position, every extra class, and every extra group to become the service’s next future leader. The sky is the limit for Hughley as she heads to flight school upon graduation from the Academy.

Future leaders: First Class Cadet Evan Twarog

Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Evan Twarog poses for a photo outside Chase Hall at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin.

Between taking at least 15 credit hours a semester, participating in athletics, clubs, societies, lectures, military training and mentoring lower classmen, U.S. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadet Evan Twarog helped thousands of people during the 2017-2018 hurricane seasons through crisis mapping. Twarog’s interest in geospatial technologies allowed him to take social media posts from people in distress asking for help and placing them on a map to give responders a location to search. Upon graduation, Twarog intends to continue exploring emerging technology for use in the Coast Guard and hopes to learn more aboard the polar icebreaker Healy.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: DC3 Nicholas Basso

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp swears in Petty Officer 2nd Class Liz Scheidel as she re-enlists during a ceremony aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle in New London, Conn. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

A ship operating away from home can seem like its own tiny, self-contained universe. There’s no calling a paramedic, a police officer, or a plumber when something goes wrong.

That’s why it’s a good thing the Coast Guard has people like Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Basso, a damage controlman, aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750). When everyday issues arise, such as a door that won’t close properly or a sink that won’t drain, it’s people like Basso who ride to the rescue.

Building a community where America’s day begins

Petty Officer 1st Class Jeromy Sherrill and Petty Officer 1st Class Scott Morton, instructors at the Container Inspection Training and Assistance Team, demonstrate the proper procedures to safely open the doors of a shipping container while conducting an inspection. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael C. Croll

The Wanda Allen-Yearout Ombudsman of the Year award recognizes a unit ombudsman that has demonstrated the greatest commitment serving as a Coast Guard ombudsman. This year, that award went to Mrs. Becky Lawrence, ombudsman for Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia (WPB 215). Lawrence dove in to help her community in Guam as a volunteer while also dedicating her time to support Sequoia’s members and dependents. She is an outstanding role model for all Coast Guard ombudsmen, and her selection highlights the accomplishments of an invaluable command representative.