Shipmate of the Week MK3 Jerad May

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 […]


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Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: David Linder, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Station Sodus Point, N.Y.

Every day, members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer their time, skills and talents to support and augment the active-duty workforce. Unlike the reserve component of the Coast Guard, auxiliarists are not reimbursed for their service. They are true public […]


Cutter Bristol Bay assists dog stranded on Lake St. Clair

Dog Blog: how to avoid a ruff time on the ice

On March 3, 2014, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, homeported in Detroit, rescued a dog that was stranded on the ice on Lake St. Clair. The crew named him Lucky and he has since been reunited with his owners. Following […]


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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 […]


National Ice Rescue School instructors (yellow helmets) watch an ice rescue training session by one of their students, on the Saginaw River in Essexville, Mich., Jan. 16, 2014. The first week of the NIRS is known as "train the trainers" as all the students will be certified as ice rescue trainers upon graduation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

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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Milwaukee Coast Guard and area first responders maintain ice rescue proficiency

Written by: Lt. Brian Dykens, public affairs officer at Sector Lake Michigan The below average temperatures and thicker than usual ice in Milwaukee Harbor provided a perfect venue for Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Station Milwaukee and area first responders […]


National Ice Rescue School instructors (yellow helmets) watch an ice rescue training session by one of their students, on the Saginaw River in Essexville, Mich., Jan. 16, 2014. The first week of the NIRS is known as "train the trainers" as all the students will be certified as ice rescue trainers upon graduation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read

National Ice Rescue School: A Model of Proficiency

“Proficiency must remain our enduring anchor — proficiency in craft, proficiency in leadership, and disciplined initiative,” said Adm. Robert Papp, commandant of the Coast Guard in his State of the Coast Guard Address, Feb. 27, 2013. “We must master these […]


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Life Boat Station Ludington, Mich., completes first rescue, overcoming odds

One characteristic of a life-saving crew is to never give up. A second is to always try to overcome all odds. This is exactly what the first crew of Life Boat Station Ludington, Mich., did for their first rescue, Nov. […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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