An Appel a day keeps the auditor away

An Appel a day keeps the auditor away
Settle – Underneath the clock in the sunny office overlooking downtown Seattle, a plain piece of paper hangs on the wall. In slanted font, a simple message: “Ask why and explain why. Articulation benefits the listener and the speaker.” This is the motto that Lt. Karen E. Appel, budget officer of the 13th Coast Guard District, lives by. “We spend a lot of time saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be...

Celebrating 75 years of Auxiliary in the Pacific Northwest

Celebrating 75 years of Auxiliary in the Pacific Northwest
Seattle – Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. During the holidays, people volunteer to ring little bells and collect money outside of stores because they want to help the poor. Children will volunteer their time at pet shelters because they love to be around animals. People will volunteer their time to a program or idea because it is something they believe in. Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich,...

From school books to survival swimming; Sea Cadets train in Clearwater, Fla.

From school books to survival swimming; Sea Cadets train in Clearwater, Fla.
Story and photos by Seaman Meredith Manning Donning survival gear, learning the proper way to jump out of helicopters, taking a physical fitness test and sitting in the pilot seat of airplanes and helicopters is not what the average teenager does during summer vacation. However, for U.S. Navy Sea Cadet’s Suncoast Squadron and students of Pinellas Park High School’s First Responder Program, this...

We Are Coast Guardsmen

We Are Coast Guardsmen
On Thursday, May 29th, then Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp issued ALCOAST (all Coast Guard) 234/14. Today, Admiral Papp was relieved as Commandant by Admiral Paul F. Zukunft. We reprint below the full text of his message to the Coast Guard. ALCOAST 234/14 COMDTNOTE 1000 SUBJ: SHIPMATES 29 AND FINAL: WE ARE COAST GUARDSMEN. Shipmates, four years ago we set the watch and committed ourselves to...

Coast Guard JRCC watchstanders coordinate Pacific rescue efforts

Coast Guard JRCC watchstanders coordinate Pacific rescue efforts
Story by Staff Sgt. Chris Hubenthal, Defense Media Activity – Hawaii News Bureau JOINT RESCUE COORDINATION CENTER, Hawaii – U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders operating out of the Joint Rescue Coordination Center coordinated a rescue operation after receiving a distress call May 2 at approximately 8:30 a.m. U.S. Coast Guardsmen Lt. Jason Hagen, JRCC command duty officer, Lt. Craig Dente, JRCC...

Homerun Bound

Homerun Bound
NEW ORLEANS – Passion is a motivator. Passion has the power to push people to move forward beyond expectations. It provides the drive and motivation to get up every day and charge at life. The service is built by passionate individuals who have chosen to take the challenge to serve. Arriving from all over the country they are placed in new locations, making a difference and changing the lives...

Alaska’s Coast Guard Auxiliary, volunteer lifesavers of The Last Frontier

Alaska’s Coast Guard Auxiliary, volunteer lifesavers of The Last Frontier
Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert SAGINAW BAY, Alaska – A runaway 70-foot barge drifts aimlessly across Saginaw Bay near Kuiu Island, Alaska, and a call goes out for the Coast Guard to rein in the rogue raft before it can wreak ruin upon the waterway. Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center watchstanders dispatch the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa aided by information and...

MSRT: Coast Guard’s specialized force to be reckoned with

MSRT: Coast Guard’s specialized force to be reckoned with
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta DiscoSmall NEW YORK – Spread out on benches between the two main decks aboard the Staten Island Ferry were more than 100 passengers who volunteered as role-players for a unique Coast Guard drill; they awaited further tasking on what was described to them as a “long night ahead.” Little did the unsuspecting ferry passengers know that among them, alleged...

Coast Guard daughter awarded for Military Child of the Year

Coast Guard daughter awarded for Military Child of the Year
Co-authored by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse and Lt. Stephanie Young Juanita Collins is one busy teenager. She’s a class president, varsity volleyball captain, athlete-scholar, a capella singer, hospice volunteer and Sunday school teacher. She’s worked on projects with the Key Club, Relay for Life, food banks, Ronald McDonald House and Salvation Army. Amongst this dizzying array of school,...