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 […]


World War II combat diary of J.J. McAndrews: A war-torn winter and the Allied invasion of Italy

The Great Lakes Coast Guard is sharing the story of Petty Officer 3rd Class J.J. McAndrews on his journey across the Atlantic Ocean into the Mediterranean Sea for the invasion of Italy, then to the shores of Normandy for D-Day, […]


World War II combat diary of J.J. McAndrews: Dropping eggs by the dozen

The Great Lakes Coast Guard is sharing the story of Petty Officer 3rd Class J.J. McAndrews on his journey across the Atlantic Ocean into the Mediterranean Sea for the invasion of Italy, then to the shores of Normandy for D-Day, 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Navigation Rules for on the water

So far we’ve focused on what you, the individual boater, can do to protect yourself during National Safe Boating Week. We’ve emphasized wearing life jackets, avoiding alcohol when operating a boat, ensuring you’ve got the proper safety equipment before you […]


Detroit-based Coast Guard Chief finds Great Lakes a photographers paradise

Josh Bozarth, a Chief Petty Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, joined the Coast Guard to pay for college and to get a sense of greater responsibility. He never thought that the Coast Guard would open the door […]


Boating under the influence

On May, 4, 2013, a Coast Guard law enforcement team from Station Marblehead, Ohio, conducted a boarding of a boat with 12 people aboard in the vicinity of Kelleys Island in Lake Erie and issued a federal ticket to the […]


Hypothermia kills: These tips can save your life

Seasonal Safety Risks The Great Lakes environment shifts drastically with the seasons. The frozen wintry expanse thaws to a lush boater’s paradise in the summer. The region is currently in what is called the “shoulder season,” when any day can […]


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