Coast Guard recruits who have recently spent time at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, may know Chief Petty Officer Milton Casey as a stern company commander. Beyond his duties training incoming service members with his authoritative voice, Smokey Bear hat and unnaturally shiny boots, he is a dedicated family man and consummate community volunteer.
With ingenuity and no small degree of resourcefulness, Kannan and a small crew of station personnel managed to put together a disaster response trailer to get out to Coast Guard members’ homes to assess the damage. It didn’t take long to figure out how extensive the damage was and quickly set out to assist the city in helping residents. The recovery process continues but the crews have made a big impact so far.
This holiday season Coast Guard units throughout the service are giving back to the communities in which they serve. From Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio and New Hampshire, here are a few examples.
April is National Volunteer Month. However, it is not just about one month for many of our volunteers, specifically the Coast Guard Auxiliary. With honor, courage and commitment, Jack Cowley has given a lifetime of service to the military. After two retirements, one from the Marine Corps, and the other from a K-9 unit, Cowley spent the next three decades serving as a Coast Guard Auxiliarist. He was recently honored with the Coast Guard Auxiliary Achievement Medal for his 30 years of honorable volunteer service. Thank you, sir, for your dedication!
Many Coast Guard personnel voluntarily sign up to serve our country either for a few years or for an entire career. But once they start receiving a paycheck, they are not technically volunteers anymore. They are paid employees of the government. However, going back to why they joined a military branch in the first place many of these people have a built-in desire to serve as a volunteer. Chief Warrant Officer Clifford Mooneyham is one member who volunteers his time to assist local law enforcement as a dive team member of the Clatsop County Underwater Recovery Team in Astoria, Oregon.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Geneva Cornelius actively participated in over 50 unit and local community events during her time in Kodiak, Alaska, dedicating countless hours during her off time to community service and enthusiastically pursues more opportunities to help others where ever she is. Her giving spirit has brought resources, services, joy and light to countless lives, yet Geneva Cornelius has cracked the code that helping others in turn helps you find true happiness.
In the seventh annual Feds Feed Family compaign, the Coast Guard is issuing a challenge to donate 225,000 pounds of food to triple last year’s total in honor of the Coast Guard’s 225th birthday. Read more for information about contributing in this food drive.
“The Coast Guard is much more than 39,600 active duty officer and enlisted personnel,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. “Our missions are far too many, and far too complex to accomplish with so few,” the commandant said.
When 27 Coast Guard Academy cadets arrived at Martinez Magnet School in New Haven, Conn., recently, they had their Junior Achievement briefcases in hand and were ready to teach their young audience about finance, the importance of education and the Coast Guard. The students, ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade, took a day away from the textbooks to allow the cadets to run through various lessons.
Santa Claus and his elves hand out presents to all of the children of Old Harbor during the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR’s Santa to the Villages outreach event. Santa to the Villages is a Coast Guard outreach program in Alaska where many different units spread holiday cheer to some of the more remote areas of