Coast Guard cutters get “dressed up” for 4th of July

  There are 10 cutters homeported in the Great Lakes. These cutters conduct maintain aids to navigation, enforce laws, help clean the environment, keep our homeland secure and rescue boaters in distress. Most of the year the ships are out […]


Great Lakes Shipmates of the Week: Life-saving Sector Buffalo marine inspectors

Coast Guard marine inspectors protect life by ensuring vessel safety, but this week’s shipmates of the week were a little more hands on than usual.   On April 17, 2013, marine inspectors from Coast Guard Sector Buffalo were conducting inspections, alongside […]


Concern for the Great Lakes crosses international boundaries

Written by Lorne Thomas The Great Lakes are a bi-national treasure that we at the Ninth Coast Guard District are particularly well suited to serve and safeguard, but we can’t do it alone. We share the lakes with Canada – 1,500 […]


Coast Guardsmen and Boy Scouts coming together to cleanup on Earth Day 2012

From the field: Earth Day cleanup near Ashtabula, Ohio

Story and photos by BM2 William Campbell, Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio: In honor of Earth Day, personnel from Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio, Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 5, Cub Scout Pack 71, and portions of local Boy Scout troops […]


Oil in ice: Expanding expertise into new environments

The Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center, in New London, Conn., working with the State of Michigan and other environmental response agencies, held an exercise in the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan to try and determine the best ways […]


From the field: Hands-on education for our Coast Guard crew

>Lt. Cmdr William Woityra sent me a short piece about an innovative partnership between the Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay and a local Ohio University, that enables crewmembers to get a hands-on education about the Great Lakes. “In addition to […]


From the field: Aquatic defenders hit the classroom

> In a previous post about the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay’s efforts to make a difference in the community, I posed the question, “What do you do to make a difference in your community?” Well, Chief Warrant […]


From the field: CGC Neah Bay crew tackles a dirty job for a good cause

>With all of the on-going Ninth District operations and the multitude of preparations for yesterday’s Ninth District Change of Command, you may have overlooked that last week marked the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. The crew of the Coast Guard […]


Ocean Policy Task Force holds final public meeting in Cleveland

>Story by PA3 Brandon Blackwell, photos by PA3 George Degener, Ninth Coast Guard District Public Affairs. President Obama’s Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force held its sixth and final public hearing in Cleveland Oct. 29. The Task Force, comprised of Chair […]


From the field: Outreach for diversity

>Today’s post was written by Lt. j.g. Jerrold Federer from Marine Safety Unit Chicago. His story illustrates the importance of outreach in the community as a way to increase the public’s awareness of the educational benefits afforded through service in […]


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