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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 […]


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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 […]


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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 […]


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Change of command: Mackinaw has new commanding officer

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition that ensures Coast Guardsmen are aware that the authority and continuity of command is maintained when a new commanding officer or officer-in-charge arrives. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw bore witness […]


Ninth District “BRAVO ZULU” to the USCGC Penobscot Bay

>We would like to extend a BRAVO ZULU to the United States Coast Guard cutter Penobscot Bay. The Bayonne, N.J.-based, 140-foot ice breaking cutter departed Cleveland, and the Great Lakes, on April 4, 2010, after a more than 90-day temporary […]


Photo from the field: For those who thought icebreaking was easy

> Today’s photo comes courtesy of Chief Warrant Officer Jon Wiedemann, Engineering Officer on the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, which was performing a direct icebreaking assist for the Laker Herbert C. Jackson along the St. Clair River Jan. 21. […]


Guest post: A stroll down memory lane with the Queen of the Lakes

>Take a stroll down memory lane with Coast Guard Reservist John Masson, a PA1 assigned to the Ninth District Public Affairs Office, on his recent visit to the decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, now moored in Mackinaw City, Mich. Here […]


Breaking the Ice; Success Through Teamwork and Partnerships

>We are just a couple of days away from calling “game over” for the 2008/2009 Great Lakes Icebreaking Season. As a newcomer to the Great Lakes, I can honestly say I was taken aback by the magnitude of the teamwork, […]


A Sector Commander’s Perspective

>Captain Fred Midgette is the Commander of Sector Detroit in the U.S. Coast Guard’s Ninth District. He was responsible for coordinating the service’s response to the Lake Erie Ice Rescue February 7, 2009. The following is his perspective on the […]


Helping Our Neighbors Control Flooding

>It’s been a busy week here in the Ninth District. We barely had a chance to catch our collective breath after rescuing 134 ice fishermen, when the communities living along many of the rivers here began calling the U.S. Army […]