A lot can happen in 80 years. The Coast Guard Auxiliary has written many stories over its lifetime, but we are not finished yet. As we move on through the 80th year of service of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, we start preparing for the next chapter in the organization’s life and relationship with the boating public and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Penuel of Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor in California earned the 2018 Fireman First Class Paul Clark Boat Forces Engineer Award. Penuel has accrued more than 500 hours of maintenance on the station’s assets, saved the Coast Guard more than $220,000 in labor and a sought-after leader at his unit. Learn more about this exceptional member of our service in this week’s Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty.
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.
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.
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.
For Petty Officer 3rd Class Denim Kurtis, law enforcement is a family affair. His mother is a deputy sheriff, and his father-in-law is an investigator for the San Francisco district attorney’s office.
So when Kurtis felt the call to serve his country, the Coast Guard’s maritime enforcement specialty was a natural fit.
Today, Kurtis serves aboard Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf where he is one of two maritime enforcement specialists assigned to the ship.
The Coast Guard recognized Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Gould as the 2018 Enlisted Person of the Year for the Reserve Component. Gould is a boatswain’s mate with Port Security Unit 311 out of San Pedro, Calif., and is an inveterate volunteer in his professional and personal life.
Ken White, a Canadian citizen, has dedicated more than 40 years to helping mariners in distress. He monitors a wide range of emergency frequencies and quickly passes any information on through to the Rescue Coordination Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Alameda, California. For his endless dedication to helping the maritime community, the Coast Guard awarded White the Coast Guard Public Service Commendation.
Coast Guard recruits who have recently spent time at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, may know Chief Petty Officer Milton Casey as a stern company commander. Beyond his duties training incoming service members with his authoritative voice, Smokey Bear hat and unnaturally shiny boots, he is a dedicated family man and consummate community volunteer.
James “Jimmy” Coleman, Jr. never served in uniform but he was a well-respected member of the U.S. Coast Guard family. Coleman was a philanthropist who very much believed in the Coast Guard mission and its history. One could say the National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut, would not be what it is today without him. Coleman died at 77 on March 21, 2019 in his hometown of New Orleans.