Flotilla Commander, Coast Guard Auxiliarist Gene Little from the Ninth District, Eastern Region, is the first of eight members that will be highlighted in the Inspire blog series. Little is the recipient of the 2017 Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award. The Greanoff Award recognizes flotilla commanders who have demonstrated exemplary performance while sustaining exceptional standards of proficiency, conduct, and impeccable bearing. Little initiated succession programs, mentored members, promoted recreational safety, educated children, and recruited highly qualified members into the Auxiliary. For these and many more of his accomplishments, Little was this year’s Greanoff Inspirational Leadership Award Winner.
April is National Volunteer Month. However, it is not just about one month for many of our volunteers, specifically the Coast Guard Auxiliary. With honor, courage and commitment, Jack Cowley has given a lifetime of service to the military. After two retirements, one from the Marine Corps, and the other from a K-9 unit, Cowley spent the next three decades serving as a Coast Guard Auxiliarist. He was recently honored with the Coast Guard Auxiliary Achievement Medal for his 30 years of honorable volunteer service. Thank you, sir, for your dedication!
Take a look to see what an average Wednesday entailed during the month of February. Today we feature operations to include ice rescue and first aid training, and highlight members who embody the Coast Guard core values of honor, respect, and devotion to duty.
If you’re a boater, you’ve probably encountered the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Whether patrolling our Nation’s waterways to ensure safety and security or offering free vessel safety checks to recreational boaters, the Coast Guard Auxiliary serves a crucial role for the Coast Guard.
Air Station Sacramento executes a wide range of Coast Guard missions for the Eastern Pacific Area; from the entire west coast of the United States, areas west of Canada and south along the Baja California coast. Carrying out missions such as search and rescue and marine and environmental, the air station maintains a 24-hour immediate response capability, with a “ready” crew on duty at all times. One of the dedicated crewmembers who stands this watch is Auxiliarist Ron Clark.
Coast Guard artist Chris Demarest has serious talent and has used his skills to share the service and sacrifice of service members with countless Americans.
Coast Guard Auxiliarist Chrisman Abernethy (right) explains to new crewman and break-in watchstander, Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew M. Nicholl, what to look for on the unit’s security system. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna A. Hannum. Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna Hannum. The clock read 7:19 a.m. when
Summertime is abuzz with boaters, swimmers and sunbathers enjoying the lake ringed by the towering Sierra Nevada. The crystal blue waters can lure water-goers into a false sense of security. Unpredictable mountain weather patterns can change rapidly, turning a calm outing on the lake into a rough day on the sea. High winds and eight-foot waves are not uncommon on Lake Tahoe.
For university students looking for ways to serve their country while pursuing a degree, finding a fit in the U.S. Coast Guard can be tough. With limited programs available, and no formalized ROTC, students wishing to learn more about America’s Coast Guard often fall short.
The 9th Coast Guard District has responsibility for the largest freshwater system on Earth – the Great Lakes. Made up of massive inland seas stretching from Minnesota to Upstate New York, the Great Lakes contain enough fresh water to cover the lower 48 states to a depth of 9 1/2 feet.