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 […]


Cool customers

This is a first-hand account of Icy Resolve 2013 from the eyes of Cmdr. Lisa Ragone, an incident commander at the full-scale exercise. I served as the secondary incident commander from Coast Guard Sector Detroit for an ice rescue exercise […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Seaman Nikura Walls, Station Cleveland Harbor, Cleveland, Ohio.

  Seaman Nikura Walls, a Colp, Illinois native, reported for duty at Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor two years ago.  Prior to joining the Coast Guard she attended the University of Southern Illinois where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: MK2 Chad Bush, Sector Field Office Grand Haven, Michigan

  Grand Haven, Mich., otherwise known as Coast Guard City, USA, has a long rich history of Coast Guard pride. The pride Grand Haven has in its Coast Guard can be traced as far back as 1937 when the first […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Chief Warrant Officer John Leaming, Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City

  Proficiency is a goal that has been identified by Adm. Bob Papp, commandant of the Coast Guard, as being critical to the success of the service. Proficiency is not a new concept for our service, though. The Coast Guard […]


Chicago Welcomes Home the Heroes

     “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” […]


Summerstock: A plan of action to patrol the Great Lakes

On Aug. 18, 2012 a rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Sackets Harbor, N.Y., rescued two men from a boat that was taking on water in Lake Ontario. All across the nation, Coast Guard rescue crews engage in similar responses […]


Operation Fall Retrieve in full swing as winter approaches

The ice is coming! The ice is coming! The cold season is upon us here in the 9th Coast Guard District. As the month of December has begun and the official winter season nears, we are all preparing for the […]


Coast Guard members tell hunger to run for the hills

  Members of Coast Guard Station Tawas, in East Tawas, Mich., are making great strides for a good cause in the Thunderwater- Great Lakes 500 Canned Food Drive. The crews have traded in their work boots for running shoes in the […]


NFL recognizes Great Lakes Coast Guardsmen at football games

    Major American professional sports teams have long found ways to recognize military servicemembers at their events. Here in the 9th Coast Guard District, Great Lakes athletes and teams are often acknowledging the service and sacrifice of area Coast […]


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