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Military commission provides compensation, retirement recommendations to White House, Congress

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission provided its recommendations to President Barack Obama and Congress Thursday.

Coast Guard, Western Hemisphere partners seize $423M in cocaine during multiple drug busts

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell stands at attention among pallets of seized cocaine during an award ceremony aboard the Boutwell at Naval Base San Diego, Oct. 6, 2014. The Boutwell returned from a 90-day counter drug patrol in which they made six drug interdictions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Connie Terrell.

“Our crew used their unique capabilities and authorities as a military service, law enforcement agency, and member of the U.S. intelligence community to disrupt transnational organized crime networks in the Eastern Pacific and keep drugs from making it to the U.S.,” said Capt. Edward A. Westfall, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell. “These illegal drug networks are dangerous breeding grounds for all types of trafficking and their immense profits fuel violence and instability.”

Childhood obesity means fewer recruits

U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Department of Defense statistics show that 71 percent of 17-to-24-year-olds in the U.S. are not eligible for recruitment primarily because they are too overweight, poorly educated, or have a serious criminal record. This is a national security issue.

Adm. Papp discusses maritime strategic issues with Adm. Greenert and Gen. Amos

On stage

Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp was joined by Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert to discuss maritime strategic issues during the WEST 2013 Luncheon Town Hall Address in San Diego, Calif. A main point of discussion during the event was the Commander-in-Chief’s strategic guidance that the U.S military “…will of necessity rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region.”

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff visits Seattle Coast Guard units

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, renders a salute as he departs the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, a 378-foot ship homeported in Seattle, Oct. 4, 2012, which he toured as part of a familiarization tour of Coast Guard units in the Pacific Northwest. Rear. Adm. Keith Taylor, commander of Coast Guard District 13, acted as the Coast Guard representative and guide to Dempsey's tour. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan W. Bradshaw.

Last week the 13th Coast Guard District had a rare opportunity to showcase what the nation’s longest-serving sea service brings to the fight for Gen. Martin Dempsey, the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Lt. Jack Rittichier and the legacy of Vietnam

Lt. Jack Rittichier

Henry Rittichier visits the Vietnam Memorial Wall where the name of his brother Coast Guard Lt. Jack Columbus Rittichier's name is listed on Oct. 5, 2003. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Tom Sperduto. A 34-year-old Coast Guard pilot flew above the war-torn Republic of Vietnam with many uncertainties on his mind.

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Armed Forces Day: Keeping America strong & secure

Today we honor and celebrate the men and women of the United States armed forces. The Armed Forces Day celebration began when President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. The single-day celebration,

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Any time, any place, any hazard

Edward Primeau, an industrial hygienist at Atlantic Strike Team, uses a chemical analyzer to determine the identity of an unknown sample. The AST assisted the Environmental Protection Agency after responders found more than 500 drums, tanks, compressed gas cylinders and other miscellaneous containers strewn throughout an abandoned chemical production facility. U.S. Coast Guard photo by

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Coast Guard trains with the A-Team

Members of the U.S. Army's 7th Special Forces Group jump out of an Coast Guard aircraft for a training exercise near Eglin Air Force Base in Valparaiso, Fla. The training exercise was the first of its kind between the Coast Guard and the Army. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough.

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