Tag: Gold Ancient Mariner

Coast Guard to honor the officer with the most sea time

Cmdr. Stephen Matadobra speaks at a U.S. Coast Guard ceremony. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Cmdr. Stephen Matadobra holds the distinction of being one of the Coast Guard’s first officers in the service to have earned the permanent cutterman status (earned in 1987), and he will soon hold the title of the Coast Guard’s 15th Gold Ancient Mariner in May. He has experienced the peaks and valleys of the Coast Guard organization and shares his lessons learned in leadership in this blog.

A call to duty on the high seas

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Built during the twilight era of sail, Coast Guard Cutter Eagle’s construction embodies centuries of development in the art and history of shipbuilding. Today, the teak decks of the barque served as a fitting platform for the time-honored tradition of the Ancient Mariner ceremony.

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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Smilax becomes Queen of the Fleet

Coast Guard Cutter Smilax logo which designates the cutter Queen of the Fleet. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp. Gold Ancient Mariner Adm. Bob Papp and Silver Ancient Mariner Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Hearn pose with the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Smilax, the new Queen of the Fleet. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick

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Guardian of the Week – Master Chief Steven Hearn

Master Chief Hearn

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., the 13th Gold Ancient Mariner of the Coast Guard congratulates Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Hearn, the new Silver Ancient Mariner at a change of watch ceremony. Coast Guard photo by PA3 David Weydert. Do you think you are a “salty” member of the United States Coast

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Admiral Robert Papp: 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard

Admiral Robert J. Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard (U.S. Coast Guard photo) Moments ago, Admiral Robert J. Papp assumed command of the United States Coast Guard in a change of command ceremony teeming with naval tradition. Upon relieving Admiral Thad Allen of his command, the new commandant wasted no time in sharing his vision of

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