Expect the unexpected: Be prepared with simple technology that will save your life

The Coast Guard can’t stress enough how important it is for all boaters to have proper safety equipment when the weather turns bad or an unforeseen circumstance arises. Having a means of communication and possession of the right emergency distress […]


There’s Never an Excuse Not to Wear a Life Jacket

There are many excuses to why you can’t wear your life jacket, but are they worth your life or the life of a loved one. You want to get some sun, you’ll get too hot or it is too bulky […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: David Linder, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Station Sodus Point, N.Y.

Every day, members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer their time, skills and talents to support and augment the active-duty workforce. Unlike the reserve component of the Coast Guard, auxiliarists are not reimbursed for their service. They are true public […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Coast Guard auxiliarist Norman Raymond

    One of the Coast Guard’s core values is devotion to duty. Devotion to duty means that we as Coast Guardsmen seek responsibility, accept accountability, and are committed to the successful achievement of our organizational goals. One such Coast […]


Some of the things we are thankful for

    Thanksgiving celebrates the people and relationships that helped the settlers survive their first harsh winters in Plymouth Colony. This year, we want to highlight three things we’re thankful for. These three things help make our harsh Great Lakes […]


Operation Paddle Smart

      A tale of two paddlecrafts Imagine: two men living in the same neighborhood on Lake Michigan went to the outdoor store and each bought a paddlecraft. While there, they were both handed paddlecraft safety kits with a Paddle Smart […]


Members of the Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Chicago Marine Police and Illinois Dept of Natural Resources host a public safety meeting for uninspected passenger vessel operators.

From the field: Marine Safety Unit Chicago hosts 2nd annual meeting for operators of uninspected passenger vessels

Guest post by Lt. Leslie Downing, MSU Chicago: Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Chicago joined forces with local Coast Guard Auxiliary, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Chicago Marine Police to host a public safety meeting for operators of uninspected […]


Air Station Detroit holds first Auxiliary Air Safety Roundup

The first Coast Guard Air Station Detroit Auxiliary Safety Roundup was held July 16, 2011 at Selfridge Air National Guard Base. About 40 Coast Guard Auxiliary pilots and aircrew members, along with eight Auxiliary aircraft, were on hand. Safety, crew risk […]


Photo of the Auxiliary Symposium Gala

Active-duty, Auxiliary Coast Guardsmen gather, train to better safeguard Great Lakes citizens

Dinner dress uniforms and high spirits dominated a gala ball that closed out the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s 2011 Combined Ninth District Symposium this weekend in Pontiac, Mich. Several hundred auxiliarists and their spouses gathered Saturday night with active-duty counterparts in a ballroom at the Marriott Centerpoint hotel for an annual affair celebrating the volunteers of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, who serve on the water, in the air and in the classroom to keep the boating public safe.


From the field: Volunteer rescuers test their aerial skills

>Today’s post comes from Lt. Michael Myers, the Coast Guard Auxiliary liaison and deployment officer at Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, Mich. As the nation’s smallest armed service, the Coast Guard’s tasked with a huge variety of missions. No […]


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