BM3 Kyle Love named Ohio’s 2014 Boating Officer of the Year

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle Love was named the 2014 Boating Officer of the Year for the state of Ohio by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, Thursday.   Love, a boarding officer at Coast Guard […]


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 […]


Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Vitou

Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: BM2 Walter Vitou

This post originally appeared at Coast Guard Compass. Bravo Zulu to Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Vitou for earning not only the Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week but the servicewide Shipmate of the Week! What are Coast Guard crews […]


Birthday boy learns the ropes at Coast Guard Station Toledo

Fifth birthdays are a big deal! A milestone because it is often the first birthday party kids truly remember. Not only does turning five mean the start of school, but a child can really start expressing their independence. These reasons […]


Photo of MK1 George Taylor

Ohio Coast Guardsman awarded Bronze Star for Iraq service

In honor of Veterans Day, the 9th District Public Affairs staff will be highlighting several Coast Guardsmen who are assigned to or are from the Great Lakes region.

The first is Petty Officer 1st Class George Taylor, a native of Bowling Green, Ohio. Taylor was awarded the Bronze Star, the fourth-highest military combat decoration, at Naval Support Activity, Bahrain, Oct. 6, 2011, for his performance while training Iraqi Coastal Border Guard personnel in Iraq from December 2010 to July 2011.