2018 marks the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Journalist rating, a predecessor rating of the current Public Affairs Specialist rating. Today there are approximately 76 Public Affairs Specialists on active duty who manage the Coast Guard’s day-to-day external communications and deploy to major incidents to conduct public information campaigns.
Eighty-eight years ago today, Chief Journalist (JOC) Alex P. Haley came into this world and started what would become a remarkable journey. He joined the Coast Guard as a mess attendant at the age of 18, but in just a few years he was making waves as an amazing writer. He soon became the first