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Flying dinosaurs

Senior Chief Petty Officer Peter MacDougall passes the mantle of Enlisted Ancient Albatross of the Coast Guard to Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Ferreira. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell

Senior Chief Petty Officer Peter MacDougall recalled the dark and stormy nights he went out into, knowing his wife could hear the helicopter take off from their house, imagining the anxiety it caused her. He spoke about the close calls. He spoke about survivors he rescued from the grip of the sea, and the men and women he served alongside who made each of his 40 years of service special.

The passing of wings: An ‘ancient’ tradition

Ancient. It’s not normally something you’d want to be called. Unless of course, you are earning the title of a Coast Guard “ancient” – an honor given to a select group of experienced service members. Today, in a change of watch ceremony held at Air Station Traverse City, Mich., retired Vice Adm. John Currier passed the Ancient Albatross designation to Rear Adm. John Korn.

History: Honoring our profession through tradition

Joshua James

The Coast Guard ancients on watch in July 2009 gather together in their ceremonial clothing, which honors the history of their service. From left are Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officers Christopher Kukla (Silver Ancient Mariner) and Peter MacDougall (Enlisted Ancient Albatross), Vice Adm. Vivien Crea (Ancient Albatross), and Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Guthlein (Ancient

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Shipmate of the Week – Master Chief Lloyd Pierce

Master Chief Pierce

Master Chief Petty Officer Lloyd Pierce, command master chief at the Coast Guard Academy, speaks after becoming the Coast Guard's Silver Ancient Mariner. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley. The lore of being at sea has inspired generations of sailors since the very foundation of our country. Life aboard a

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itCG-CGC Healy returns to port, airborne use of force, Ancient Albatross

Yesterday, CGC Healy returned to homeport in Seattle after a two-month deployment to the Arctic region. The cutter spent the summer on a scientific mission studying the ocean floor with the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis S. St-Laurent. Click here to check out some great multimedia and read more about the CGC Healy’s adventures. Story

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Guardian of the Week – VADM Crea

This morning, Vice Admiral Vivien S. Crea was properly relieved by Vice Admiral David Pekoske as the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard. Over the last three years, she served as second in command and Chief Operating Officer of the Coast Guard. She will now prepare to retire from the Coast Guard and start a

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