Immersion suits hang for crew use in case of emergency. Coast Guard inspectors discovered improper repairs to immersion suits, which make them unsafe for crew use. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Safety First: Your life depends on it

Marine inspectors from Sector Detroit and Marine Safety Detachment Sturgeon Bay discovered immersion suits with improper repairs to the gloves, a general lack of servicing documentation, and suits that were beyond 10-years-old with no inflation tests. The major function of […]


Honor the Member, Honor the Mariner, Honor the Memory: U.S. Coast Guard’s Master Marine Inspectors

Story by Cmdr. Zeita Merchant and Cmdr. Erin Williams The Coast Guard is charged with the unique responsibility to ensure our Nation’s maritime safety, security and stewardship. Focused intently on that mission everyday are Coast Guard marine inspectors. Under the […]


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Improving service to mariners, industry and the public

Chicago’s 2017 Industry Day event highlighting industry leaders Story by Lt. John Ramos As the primary federal agency for developing marine safety, security, and environmental protection standards, the Coast Guard’s prevention role is largely regulatory, and our efforts begin in […]


Flares from ice

Electronic Flares – an alternative to the traditional

Owning a boat is not a cheap endeavor. It is no wonder that for many people BOAT more often means, “bust out another thousand.” And that is just the price on routine boat maintenance and upkeep. We can’t forget about […]


SKCM Mary Fowlkes discuses being a women, education, leadership and the Coast Guard

On March 17, 2016, members of Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee had the privilege of listening to retired Master Chief Petty Officer Mary Fowlkes tell her story during a Women’s History Month event. Being the first African-American female […]


Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan morale event teaches Coast Guard history lesson

Written by Ens. Zach Hall It was show time in Milwaukee as members of United States Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan and their families prepared to watch a movie about the Coast Guard’s most daring sea rescue. Often called the […]


The Coast Guard Reserve: Interesting, Fun, Diverse

Written by Ens. Zach Hall On February 19th, 2016, the United States Coast Guard Reserve celebrates its 75th anniversary. Established by the passage of the Coast Guard Reserve and Auxiliary Act of February 19th, 1941, the force of about 8,000 […]


Chicago’s Christmas Ship – The Committee Who Makes It Happen

written by Lt. Lindsay Cook The holiday season is a time for enjoying family, friends, setting new resolutions and for some it’s an opportunity to give back. Whether it’s a random act of kindness, participating in a toy drive, or […]


Coast Guard Shipmate of the Week: Matthew Major, Detroit

The Coast Guard Certificate of Merit is awarded to recognize significant endeavors such as displaying initiative in advancing one or more of the Coast Guard’s missions and responsibilities. Matthew Major was awarded the Certificate of Merit for his courageous actions […]


Great Lakes Shipmates of the Week: BM2 Peter Brown and BM2 Evan Beavers, Coast Guard Station Harbor Beach, Michigan

The 9th line of the Coast Guard Creed states: I shall endeavor to be a model citizen in the community in which I live. This doesn’t mean just saving lives, it means changing the lives of those in the community […]


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