Rafael Omar Gomez Negron left his home in Puerto Rico to join the U.S. Coast Guard with a very limited English vocabulary. He struggled through boot camp only to have more stress heaped on him when his family on Puerto Rico were in the direct path of Hurricane Irma last September. Negron put everything he had into learning English to excel in his job as a watchstander and boat crew member at his first station in Washington, D.C. Learn more about Negron’s extraordinary journey into America’s Coast Guard.
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“MK2 James Hardey is an outstanding example of adherence to the Coast Guard’s Core Value of devotion to duty and his drive and determination for professional development is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished to other reserve members,” notes ITC James Krise, the station’s Senior Enlisted Reserve Advisor.
But today – while seemingly familiar in sight and sound – was far from typical. Today marks 224 years of exceptional service by the men and women of America’s Coast Guard. It was Aug. 4, 1790, when President George Washington signed an act bringing to life ten cutters “to be employed for the protection of the revenue.” Alexander Hamilton first conceptualized these cutters as a viable asset for the country; at the time, he wrote, “a few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws.”
Yesterday, the Coast Guard played host to two soccer superstars, America’s Abby Wambach and France’s Sonia Bompastor. Thanks to Chief Warrant Officer Scott Carr for providing this guest post on the players’ day with the Coast Guard. Also, a special thanks to Women’s Professional Soccer and the Washington Freedom for honoring Coast Guard Day when
Four of Santa's elves, (left to right) Pam Scholz, Tiffani Scott, Tammy Knox, and Lynn Stiles, all members of the Kodiak Officer's Spouses Association, haul presents from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak. Kodiak-based Guardians have been bringing Santa to the remote Kodiak Island villages for 32 years. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st
A boatcrew member at Coast Guard Station Washington, D.C. keeps a watchful eye during a Homeland Security patrol on the Potomac River – Monday, Nov. 16, 2009.. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandyn Hill.) Guardians assisted in the search for a lost Michigan hunter yesterday. A helicopter deployed from Air Station
Click on the image to watch a video of Coast Guard Station Washington, D.C. The Coast Guard didn’t have a significant presence in the nation’s capital until the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Today, it’s typical to see a Coast Guard helicopter or boat enforcing a security zone, patrolling the Potomac River or guarding