Coast Guard Cmdr. Rebecca Drew was awarded the Capt. Edward R. Williams Coast Guard Award for Excellence in Diversity for her efforts in extending the opportunities of the Coast Guard to underrepresented groups.
Life aboard a cutter consists of spending extended periods of time away from home, standing long watches and contributing in the completion of Coast Guard missions across the globe. With each passing day you begin to see your shipmates as a second family. You learn more and more about the men and women working beside you, and soon begin to put their needs before your own. One of Coast Guard Cutter Mellon’s crewmen made a point to put his cutter family’s needs first.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Geneva Cornelius actively participated in over 50 unit and local community events during her time in Kodiak, Alaska, dedicating countless hours during her off time to community service and enthusiastically pursues more opportunities to help others where ever she is. Her giving spirit has brought resources, services, joy and light to countless lives, yet Geneva Cornelius has cracked the code that helping others in turn helps you find true happiness.
Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf’s crew was the 2016 recipient of the Coast Guard Foundation’s National Award for Heroism. From May 2015 to April 2016, the Bertholf crew, its Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron and Cryptological Group detachments completed two deployments to the Eastern Pacific totaling 213 days away from homeport. In all, the Bertholf crew detained 58 suspected narco-traffickers and prevented over 50,700 pounds of narcotics – with a street value of over $806 million – from reaching the United States. These efforts were responsible for over 10 percent of the Coast Guard’s total cocaine seizures in 2015.
Two Coast Guardsmen were awarded the Coast Guard Achievement Medal after saving a woman’s life who was involved in an automobile accident.
Coast Guard Auxiliarists Mike and Paula look for ways to give back to their community, make it better and help get those who live there a little healthier.
The Coast Guard remembers and honors the memory and legacy of one of our trailblazers – Coast Guard SPAR and Auxiliarist Dorothy Kurtz. After serving her country during WWII, Kurtz decided to continue her service to her nation as a volunteer in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. She passed away Sept. 12, 2016, at the age of 93. Fair winds and following seas, shipmate.
America’s first lighthouse, Boston Light, is the only Coast Guard-manned lighthouse in the country. At 300 years old, it takes a special group of people to keep the light shining. Guiding a group of 32 assistant keepers is Coast Guard Auxiliarist Sally Snowman, the keeper of Boston Light.
The Coast Guard’s Silver Lifesaving Medal is awarded to those who risk their lives to rescue or endeavor to rescue any other person from drowning, shipwreck or other perils in the water. Ensign Roland Blake is one of those people.
A lot can change over four decades. If you ask Coast Guard veterans or a senior member like Todd Talasky, they describe a very different Coast Guard, filled with initiations and beards, some as long as ZZ-top.