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A little piece of Kimball’s legacy of standardization

First "standard" version pulling surfboat adopted by the Life-Saving Service in the early 1870s, with design based on square-stern surf fishing boats then in common use along the coast of New Jersey. Photo courtesy of life-savingservice.org.

Lt. Brendan Rogers was researching a figure in Coast Guard history for a presentation on organizational change when he came across a letter written by the Honorable Sumner Kimball. Kimball was an administrator whose work was pivotal in standardizing and organizing the U.S. Life-Saving Service that soon merged with the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service to form what we know today as the U.S. Coast Guard.

225 years of Service to Nation: Search and rescue

225 Years of Service to Nation

Those familiar with Coast Guard history know that the Service’s development has been shaped in part by the nation’s response to natural and man-made disasters. Nowhere is that lesson clearer than the history of the Service’s search and rescue, or SAR, mission.

Celebrating Coast Guard history: 100th anniversary of the “Act to create the U.S. Coast Guard”

100th anniversay of Modern-Day Coast Guard

100 years ago today, from his office in the Treasury Building in Washington, D.C., Captain-Commandant Ellsworth P. Bertholf, head of the now-former U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, or USRCS, ordered his Chief Clerk to send telegrams or radio messages to all offices, stations and cutters around the country announcing the official news of the creation of the U.S. Coast Guard.

Ancient history

Ancient Keeper cover

Master Chief Petty Officer James Clemens was honored today with the Joshua James Ancient Keeper Award as Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Guthlein, the former Ancient Keeper, retired from the Coast Guard. The Ancient Keeper is a title presented to an active duty Coast Guard member in recognition of their longevity in command of a boat force unit and outstanding performance in boat operations.

Shipmate of the Week – CWO James Mullinax

Chief Warrant Officer Mullinax

Station Lake Worth Inlet crewmembers are presented their fourth consecutive Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award during a ceremony at the station June 20, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna Hannum. Coast Guard small boat stations are at the very root of our Service. Since the U.S. Life-Saving Service, the proud

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History – Milestones of the U.S. Life-Saving Service

U.S. Life-Saving Service

Post Written by William H. Thiesen, Ph.D., Atlantic Area Historian A U.S. Life-Saving Station crew pulls a Monomoy surf boat on it's beach trailer. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Coast Guard history has been shaped in no small part by the nation’s response to natural and man-made disasters. Nowhere is that lesson clearer than in the

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itCG-a swimmers warning, CG station recognized, Make A Wish, the barge is free

A second death occurred on Lake Erie late Thursday night. This story is another strong and serious reminder of the importance of knowing the water conditions before swimming, of wearing a life jacket, and of never swimming alone. Story here Station Fort Myers Beach in Florida received two remarkable awards for superior performance – the

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