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 […]


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 […]


Coast Guard Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Lt. Cmdr. Gerald Stanek, Sector Detroit

For Lt. Cmdr. Gerald D. Stanek, dedication and professionalism are second nature. So when it came time to nominate candidates for the 2014 Capt. John G. Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award, Stanek was an obvious choice who went on to win […]


2012 Coast Guard Auxiliarist of the Year, Chris Bandy

Chris Bandy, a Coast Guard auxiliarist in Bayfield, Wis., was recognized as the 2012 Coast Guard Auxiliarist of the Year in a ceremony held in San Diego, Calif., Saturday. Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, […]


Great Lakes Coast Guard train in Kentucky

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Yaw A chill breeze blew through the Kentucky hills as the last rays of sunlight cast their golden rays over the Fort Knox small arms range and faded into darkness. The landscape stood […]


Shipmate of the Week – MK3 Jerad May

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jerad May, a native of Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., reported to Station Sault Ste. Marie in December of 2010. May joined the U.S. Coast Guard in May of 2009 because he wanted to be a mechanic […]


Illuminating the way: Women lighthouse keepers of the Great Lakes

  In a Feb. 27 Facebook post, Bill Meahan said the following, regarding female lighthouse keepers on the Great Lakes … “Note these women do not wear spandex nor possess some supernatural power, they are simply strong and capable women […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Coast Guard auxiliarist Norman Raymond

    One of the Coast Guard’s core values is devotion to duty. Devotion to duty means that we as Coast Guardsmen seek responsibility, accept accountability, and are committed to the successful achievement of our organizational goals. One such Coast […]


Great Lakes Shipmates of the Week: BM1 Justin Abold, BMC Mark Szoboszlay, BM2 Kristin Pitman, BM2 Jim Myjak and MK2 Mike Starr

A team of five instructors led by Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Abold, lead instructer at the National Ice Rescue School, in Essexville, Mich., delivered the Coast Guard’s Ice Rescue Trainer Course this winter. This is the second season of delivery […]


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