For the past 225 years the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests, providing a 24/7 presence along America’s rivers, ports, coastline and on the high seas. But while the Coast Guard’s presence and impact is regional, national and international, our operations are often out of sight.
“Their numbers were not large – their contribution was,” said Capt. Sean Cross. “They were all volunteers, many with spouses and families, who regularly put their lives on the line to save fellow airmen who were in peril of death or capture. Their focus was on Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty.”
“This is a great success for the Shiprider program, and it comes on the heels of an operation last month in which U.S. and Canadian law enforcement exercised the very same cross-border interdiction capabilities and authorities as used for this case,” said Capt. Scott Lemasters, commander of Coast Guard Sector Detroit. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the result.”
Just as lake effect snow and northern Michigan are one, so are U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary aviation and Jim Johnson. A member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary since 2001, Mr. Johnson currently serves as the assistant 9th District staff officer for aviation and the auxiliary air coordinator for the 9th District central region.
National African American History Month, celebrated in the U.S. during February, is an international annual observance for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African people living outside the continent of Africa. The Coast Guard honors those who have faced adversity and overcome not just this month, but every month as Coast Guardsmen face peril in emergency situations every day keeping our waters safe.
On most days, Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw keeps Great Lakes channels and harbors open to navigation to meet the region’s winter shipping needs. Saturday was not like most days. Mackinaw served once again as this year’s “Christmas Ship.” Loaded with more than 1,200 Christmas trees, the icebreaker played homage to an annual Chicago tradition from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Years from now, Andy Lee Howay and a group of his friends will be sitting around … talking about childhood memories. They’ll probably be playing a version of ‘Can-You-Top-This?’ And when Andy pipes up and tells them how he came into this world, his friends will undoubtedly name him winner of the games.
It may be the weekend but the mission continues! This weekend’s images include the service’s 223rd birthday celebration and a glimpse of our sentinel’s overseas.
It’s Friday but a Week in the Life of the Coast Guard continues! Friday’s action includes helicopter training, a visit to Juneau, Alaska, from the Polar Star and the disruption of a maritime smuggling attempt off the coast of California.
Buoy operations, welding, the release of a blue heron, noon meal preps & a tow in Ketchikan, Alaska; this might be the most action-packed day yet. Check it out as we continue a Week in the Life of the Coast Guard!