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 […]


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 […]


SPAR “parachutes” into Coast Guard, World War II on her, CG’s birthday

 When Dolores (Denfeld) Schubilske enlisted in the Coast Guard, the United States was already into its third year of World War II. Bloody battles were being fought throughout Europe and the Pacific while hundreds of thousands of men were giving […]


Chicago maritime community convenes Harbor Safety Committee in response to increased use, activity on Chicago River

Post written by: Cmdr. Jason Neubauer and Auxiliarist Jonathan Roth With a metropolitan area of more than 9.4 million people, Chicago is our nation’s third largest city and boasts the largest municipal harbor system in the United States, according to […]


Parting advice from a Great Lakes Coast Guard leader

  “The Coast Guard is a superlative example of an organization with effective leadership, loaded with leaders at all levels,” said Donald T. Phillips, author of eight books on leadership including “Character in Action: The Coast Guard on Leadership.” “From […]


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 […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: MK3 Corey Parish, Station Buffalo, N.Y.

This week’s Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week is described as someone with high character and as a selfless servant leader. As his unit’s morale petty officer, he has made notable contributions toward organizing and heading up holiday parties, morale […]


Robert and Jean Colby near the Tanker Vessel Jupiter

An Auxiliarist Hero Departs

Robert Colby, past Commodore of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Ninth Central Region, passed away April 17th. His obituary can be read here. On September 16, 1990, the Tanker Vessel Jupiter, a million gallon gasoline tanker, caught fire and exploded […]


Concern for the Great Lakes crosses international boundaries

Written by Lorne Thomas The Great Lakes are a bi-national treasure that we at the Ninth Coast Guard District are particularly well suited to serve and safeguard, but we can’t do it alone. We share the lakes with Canada – 1,500 […]


Coast Guardsmen extend partnership with elementary students

  Nothing like bringing a piece of PIE to friends. That’s what members of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago brought and shared with students and administrators at Goodwin Elementary School in Cicero, Ill. earlier this week when the unit […]


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