The Coast Guard’s involvement with operational photography began in 1903 with the iconic photo of the Wright Brothers’ first flight. Today, members of the public affairs rate are responsible for photographing Coast Guard operations.
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All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information for Coast Guard members.
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.
Here is the newest edition of the Paratus Report! This episode covers the Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team and the 2016 Chief Journalist Alex Haley Award winners. You don’t want to miss it!
The Chief Journalist Alex Haley Award, named for the renowned author, recognizes achievements of individual authors and photographers whose published works have helped to raise the visibility of the Coast Guard. Links to the winning submissions can be found here.
Although his job was operations specialist, he was better known as a Coast Guard storyteller, a creative genius who reveled in capturing epic moments of Coast Guard Alaska’s story. Read more about the crewmember of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley who won the public affairs 2014 Alex Haley award.
Is your unit committed to sharing the Coast Guard’s story? Has your unit commanding officer made public affairs a priority in supporting mission success? Have you built strong relationships with local media to help get operational successes on the nightly news? Do you successfully use Facebook to keep those in your area of responsibility informed ahead of a storm? If so, you should get in an application for the 2013 CDR Jim Simpson Public Affairs Award.
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