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Volunteer for life

Volunteer for life
Military service is often connected to volunteerism, and the nation’s smallest armed service, the U.S. Coast Guard, relies on an even smaller subset of volunteers known as the Coast Guard Auxiliary. One of those volunteers is Charles “Chuck” Mullen, a 37-year-old firefighter for two separate stations, business owner, husband and father of four who also volunteers with Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla...

American, Cuban WWII vets to be honored on Armed Forces Day

American, Cuban WWII vets to be honored on Armed Forces Day
Original caption: 3/25/1943-Miami, FL–American and Cuban crews line the rails as ten U.S. Coast Guard submarine chasers are transferred to the Cuban Navy under lend-lease deal. As the American flags were lowered and Cuban ensigns hoisted, crewmen of both nationalities heard Captain H.J. Benson call upon Cuba for assistance in driving the Axis submarines from the Caribbean. — Image by ©...

Overcoming challenges as a mother in the Coast Guard

Overcoming challenges as a mother in the Coast Guard
Petty Officer 3rd Class Martha Viloria poses in a family photo with her husband Mario, daughter Arya and son Amani. Photo courtesy of Petty Officer 3rd Class Martha Viloria. One challenge many people in the Coast Guard face is finding a good work-life balance, and finding that balance can be especially difficult for mothers. Long deployments, difficulty finding affordable child care and complicated...

Coast Guard honors top enlisted servicemembers for 2014

Coast Guard honors top enlisted servicemembers for 2014
Adm. Paul Zukunft, Coast Guard commandant, Petty Officer 2nd Class Giacomo Terrizzi, Chief Petty Officer Ryan Olson, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell during the 2014 Coast Guard Enlisted Persons of the Year Banquet May 7, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kyle Niemi) WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard’s senior-most leaders formally recognized the...

5th National Security Cutter, James, completes acceptance trials

5th National Security Cutter, James, completes acceptance trials
The fifth Ingalls-built U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, James sea trials. Photo by Lance Davis/Huntington Ingalls Industries PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The fifth National Security Cutter, James, successfully completed several days of rigorous acceptance trials Thursday to ensure the cutter meets its contractual requirements and is ready for delivery to the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard and the U.S....

The Model Man of Belhaven

The Model Man of Belhaven
Jimmy Courson (right) and Dave Friedrich hold up a model of Courson’s rendition of Coast Guard Cutter Cape Hatteras by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn On a sunny April afternoon, in a town where the Pantego Creek meets the Pungo River, just northwest of the Pamlico Sound in North Carolina’s Inner Banks region, a 70-year-old man on an old-fashioned bicycle glides down a dirt lane, lined...

Meet the Kerleys

Meet the Kerleys
Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam and Stephanie Kerley, yeomen at Training Center Cape May, N.J. (Photo provided by the Kerley family) Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef Pay and personnel record keeping. Travel and transportation entitlements. Awards. Workforce administration. While much of the attention on the Coast Guard is often focused on rescue operations, a group of trained administrative...

Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck holds Memorial Service for Fallen Servicemember

Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck holds Memorial Service for Fallen Servicemember
Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck crewmembers, family and friends of Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan B. “Nate” Bruckenthal observe morning colors during a memorial ceremony held at Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck, N.Y., April 24, 2015.  (U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Sabrina Laberdesque) EATONS NECK, N.Y. – Coast Guard crewmembers held a memorial service for Petty Officer...

National Capital Region Coast Guard crew named 2014 unit of year by NORAD

National Capital Region Coast Guard crew named 2014 unit of year by NORAD
Canadian Forces Brig. Gen. Alain Pelletier (center), the deputy commander of the Continental United States NORAD Region, presents the 2014 Continental North American Region Aerospace Control Alert Unit of the Year award to NCRADF Operations Officer Lt. Cmdr. Zac Mathews (left) and Capt. Peter Mingo (right), the commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J. (U.S. Coast Guard photo...