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Coast Guard Great Lakes ice rescue assets

Coast Guard Great Lakes units conduct hundreds of ice rescues and training events each winter. This work is done in the most arduous of environments, and it’s dangerous. The 9th District has 39 stations, 2 sir stations, and 8 cutters […]


National Safe Boating Week tour

BM3 Kyle Love named Ohio’s 2014 Boating Officer of the Year

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle Love was named the 2014 Boating Officer of the Year for the state of Ohio by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, Thursday.   Love, a boarding officer at Coast Guard […]


Coast Guard Auxiliary chefs

Because there is need

  By: Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read There are millions of opportunities to volunteer in our world, but very few of those require an expertise in something. In many cases, organizations are just grateful to have a few helping […]


Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. (right), commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, presents Chris W. Bandy, an auxiliarist with Flotilla 28-1 in the Coast Guard 9th District, Central Auxiliary Region, with a plaque recognizing Bandy as the 2012 Coast Guard Auxiliarist of the Year at the Auxiliary National Conference in San Diego, Calif., Aug. 24, 2013.
Bandy was also awarded the Coast Guard Auxiliary Commendation Medal during the conference. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis

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, […]


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Show dad some love this Father’s Day and keep him safe on the water

Father’s Day is a special day to honor a very important and influential figure in your life. If dad is a boater, there’s nothing more important than keeping him safe when the unexpected happens on the waterways. The U.S. Coast […]


Coast Guard enforces safety zone during Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial

Great Lakes Coast Guard search and rescue boats

    Boating season on the Great Lakes is finally here. With the increase of boaters and paddlers on the lakes the Coast Guard must be ready for any type of emergency. The Coast Guard 9th District is responsible for […]


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Coast Guard Motor City dining facility wins award

It has been often said that the secret to success at a small boat station is to have a happy crew. For many, that means good food. The food service specialists at Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, Michigan, not only […]


How the COSPAS-SARSAT system works

Beacons of Hope

With satellite-fed maps on every smart phone getting lost seems like a problem of a past era. But what happens when your electronics short out, your boat starts taking on water or catches on fire and you have to abandon […]


Petty Officer 3rd Class John Piskura, a crewmember at Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, Mich., points out a buoy to Valerie.

Red right, return home alive!

Red light, stop; green light, go; yellow light, speed up? From a young age, most people know what a red light means for a driver. In fact, it doesn’t take many drivers long to learn what most of the signs […]


safety equipment - flares, hand-held VHF-FM radio, first aid kit

Expect the unexpected: Be prepared with simple technology that will save your life

The Coast Guard can’t stress enough how important it is for all boaters to have proper safety equipment when the weather turns bad or an unforeseen circumstance arises. Having a means of communication and possession of the right emergency distress […]


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