Michigan highway engineer mapped the way to equality as 1st African-American commissioned naval officer

African-American History Month, celebrated in the U.S. every February since 1976, is an annual observance for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African-Americans. Similar observances, instead titled Black History Month, are celebrated in February in […]


Some of the things we are thankful for

    Thanksgiving celebrates the people and relationships that helped the settlers survive their first harsh winters in Plymouth Colony. This year, we want to highlight three things we’re thankful for. These three things help make our harsh Great Lakes […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Aidalis Mills, Coast Guard 9th District

      Recognized as a leader and humanitarian, this Hispanic woman is a shining example of what it means to volunteer, not just to Latina and Hispanic women, but to everyone regardless of gender or race. Aidalis Mills, the […]


Fair winds and following seas- story of the 2013 Port Huron to Mackinac Race

  Every year on Lake Huron a prestigious yacht race is held. The Bell’s Beer Bayview-Mackinac Race is one of the oldest long-distance freshwater sailing races in the world. Since 1925, sailors have raced from Port Huron, Mich., to Mackinac […]


Chicago Coast Guard participates in SS Eastland memorial

Written by auxiliarist Jonathan Roth Early on the morning of July 24, 1915, 7,000 employees and guests of the Western Electric Company gathered on a wharf between LaSalle and Clark streets on the Chicago River to board five steamers heading […]


Women in the Coast Guard- Standing watch since 1915

  What happens when you take a Coast Guard asset or office and fill it full of women? No, this is not a joke. Give up? The answer is … the same job would get done as if it were […]


10 things that make the Great Lakes Coast Guard unique

1. We don’t get a summer or winter break Operational seasonality is an on-going reality for all Coast Guardsmen who call the Great Lakes home. Just as the summer months bring a hectic schedule due to increased search-and-rescue and law […]


Detroit-based Coast Guard Chief finds Great Lakes a photographers paradise

Josh Bozarth, a Chief Petty Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, joined the Coast Guard to pay for college and to get a sense of greater responsibility. He never thought that the Coast Guard would open the door […]


Great Lakes Shipmates of the Week: Life-saving Sector Buffalo marine inspectors

Coast Guard marine inspectors protect life by ensuring vessel safety, but this week’s shipmates of the week were a little more hands on than usual.   On April 17, 2013, marine inspectors from Coast Guard Sector Buffalo were conducting inspections, alongside […]


Coast Guard members tell hunger to run for the hills

  Members of Coast Guard Station Tawas, in East Tawas, Mich., are making great strides for a good cause in the Thunderwater- Great Lakes 500 Canned Food Drive. The crews have traded in their work boots for running shoes in the […]


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