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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 […]


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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 […]


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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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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 […]


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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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 […]


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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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His story- a history lesson from a WWII veteran

    The Coast Guardsmen filled their plates with lunch, grabbed their drinks, and sat down. On most days, a gathering of chief petty officers and officers, also called Anchors and Eagles, would be full of conversation and sea stories, […]


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