10 things that make the Great Lakes Coast Guard unique

1. We don’t get a summer or winter break Operational seasonality is an on-going reality for all Coast Guardsmen who call the Great Lakes home. Just as the summer months bring a hectic schedule due to increased search-and-rescue and law […]


Five facts about ice

The 9th Coast Guard District reminds Great Lakes citizens and visitors to use extra precautions when planning recreational activities on frozen ponds, streams, rivers and lakes. Ice can be unpredictable and dangerous. Ice is an ever-changing surface, and the fluctuating weather conditions affect […]


Great Lakes Coast Guard ice rescue assets

  Ninth Coast Guard District units conduct hundreds of ice rescues and training events each winter. This work is done in the most arduous of environments and it’s dangerous. The 9th District has 39 stations, 2 sir stations, and 8 […]


Just another cold day at the office

>Here on the Great Lakes, venturing out onto the frozen lakes is a hallmark of many poplular winter activities. Whether it be ice fishing, riding snowmobiles or simply exploring new territory, being out on the ice is a staple of […]


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 […]


At the Mercy of the Elements

>As I reported here previously, I had a chance to visit the Coast Guard’s Ice Capabilities Center of Excellence at Station Saginaw River, in Essexville, Michigan on February 4th with my friend Larry MacDonald, the mayor of Bayfield, Wisconsin. Given […]


Improvise, Adapt & Overcome or… Semper Gumby!

>I have always marveled at the ability of our Marine Corps brothers and sisters to make good on their official service motto, Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) and their unofficial mantra, “Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome.” Not to be outdone, in addition […]


A Rescuer’s Story: Message in a Bag Saves the Day

>Have you ever wondered what it would be like to face a potential mass casualty like the recent ice rescue of 134 fishermen trapped on a floe in western Lake Erie Feb. 7, 2009? How would you communicate the dangers […]