Bergdahl dismissed from Coast Guard before Army

Bergdahl dismissed from Coast Guard before Army
Bowe Bergdahl, the Army soldier who was recently charged with desertion, was discharged from the Coast Guard after only 26 days. According to the Washington Post, Bergdahl left the Coast Guard due to psychological reasons in 2006, three years before we went missing in Afghanistan. The Washington Post also reports that Bergdhal received an “uncharacterized discharge,” which applies to those who...

Coast Guard cutter fleet flushing ice down river systems to prevent ice jams, facilitate shipping

Coast Guard cutter fleet flushing ice down river systems to prevent ice jams, facilitate shipping
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay conducts ice-flushing operations in the St. Clair River, Thursday, March 26, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by USCGC Bristol BayCLEVELAND — The Coast Guard cutter fleet is flushing ice through the Great Lakes river systems to prevent ice jams and facilitate commercial shipping as the shipping season begins and the ice on the Great Lakes dissipates. Ice...

Coast Guard launches integrated human resources and payroll system for 3 federal agencies

Coast Guard launches integrated human resources and payroll system for 3 federal agencies
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard recently transformed and consolidated its 30-year-old human resources and payroll systems for its 46,000-member workforce and along the way did the same for two other federal agencies, the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Corps. The Coast Guard’s new integrated system, Direct Access, went live on January...

Neighboring Patriotism: how one woman makes a difference

Neighboring Patriotism: how one woman makes a difference
Noreen Nigota, a neighbor of Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J., poses with an oar she received from the crew of the station. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef) By Officer 3rd Class David Micallef The Coast Guard racing stripe is a globally recognized symbol upon the high seas, internal waterways and local communities. The racing stripe can also be found in rural...

Port Security Unit 313 returning from a six-month deployment to the Middle East

Port Security Unit 313 returning from a six-month deployment to the Middle East
A boat crew from U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 313, from Everett, Wash., conducts a security patrol in a 4th generation, 32-foot transportable security boat. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith)SEATTLE – An Everett, Wash. based Coast Guard unit is scheduled to return Saturday from a six-month deployment to the Middle East in support of Operation New Dawn and...

Commandant, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard testify before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation

Commandant, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard testify before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell testify on the Coast Guard’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget request. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.WASHINGTON — U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell testified Wednesday on the Coast Guard’s...

Coast Guard medevacs tanker crewmember off Galveston coast

Coast Guard medevacs tanker crewmember off Galveston coast
HOUSTON — A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a 46-year-old crewmember off a tanker in the Galveston Fairway Anchorage Thursday morning. The captain of the 604-foot chemical tanker Zambezi Star contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders via VHF channel 16 at approximately 11:30 a.m., stating that a crewmember fell off a ladder and began showing heart attack symptoms. The Coast...

US Coast Guard, Australian leaders sign collaborative agreement

US Coast Guard, Australian leaders sign collaborative agreement
WASHINGTON — Senior leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Australian Federal Police signed a Memorandum of Understanding Friday at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters to highlight common missions, interests, capabilities, and opportunities for collaboration. The memorandum seeks to benefit the U.S. – Australia partnership by strengthening maritime cooperation, promoting personnel development,...

Coast Guard recovers surfer’s body off Steps Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard recovers surfer's body off Steps Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The crew of a Coast Guard rescue helicopter recovered the body of a surfer just off Steps Beach Tuesday afternoon in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received a 911 call at 2:16 p.m. Tuesday reporting a missing 28-year-old male surfer in the area of Steps Beach wearing grey trunks. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen...