Hoax: a $400,000 joke

Say the word hoax out loud. It sounds similar to the noise you might make if something was stuck in your throat. Just like something stuck in your throat, hoaxes are obstructions to the life-saving work that we do. They […]

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 […]

Michigan highway engineer mapped the way to equality as 1st African-American commissioned naval officer

African-American History Month, celebrated in the U.S. every February since 1976, is an annual observance for the remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African-Americans. Similar observances, instead titled Black History Month, are celebrated in February in […]

Coast Guardsmen assist with flag disposal ceremony on Flag Day

‘And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.’ Words from the Star Spangled Banner entered the minds of active-duty Coast Guardsmen and members of the American Legion […]

Women in the Coast Guard- Standing watch since 1915

  What happens when you take a Coast Guard asset or office and fill it full of women? No, this is not a joke. Give up? The answer is … the same job would get done as if it were […]

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 […]

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 […]

Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Fireman Ashley Johnson, Station Two Rivers

  With most of the Coast Guard “A” School waiting lists exceeding three years, many of the newest Coast Guardsmen will spend a great deal of time aboard their first units as non-rates. Fireman Ashley Johnson of Station Two Rivers, […]

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 […]

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