Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Seaman Kelson Thomas, Aids to Navigation Duluth, Minn.

Seaman Kelson Thomas joined the Coast Guard March 6, 2012. His reasoning for joining the Coast Guard was to follow in the footsteps of his father Roger Thomas, a former Coast Guard quartermaster and his brother Brandon Thomas, a Coast […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: AMT1 Tony Fredo, Air Station Traverse City, Mich.

Located on the southern shore of Grand Traverse Bay is the city of Traverse City, Mich., also known as the nation’s Cherry Capital. Traverse City is home to the 136 dedicated Coast Guard men and women of Air Station Traverse […]


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 […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: MK3 Dion Moore, Station Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

In the heart of Door County, Wis., the city of Sturgeon Bay runs thick with tales of shipwrecks, harrowing rescues and the brave men and women who have manned the rescue stations throughout the area’s history.  Coast Guard Station Sturgeon […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: BM1 Joe Z. Luce, CG Station Rochester, NY

Petty Officer 1st Class Joe Z. Luce, a Louisville, Ky., native, joined the Coast Guard in January 2003. His current duty assignment is Coast Guard Station Rochester, N.Y., reporting aboard in 2010. This marks his second tour at the station […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: BM3 Brad Houston, Station Calumet Harbor

 It takes a leader to overcome the challenges and obstacles presented by one of the busiest stations in the 9th Coast Guard District. Petty Officer 3rd Class Brad Houston is one of these leaders, taking on well more than his […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Fireman Jessica Lane, Station Duluth, Minn.

  Fireman Jessica Lane is no stranger to a military lifestyle. Her father, retired Chief Warrant Officer (4) Shane C. Lane dedicated 20 years of service to the U.S Army as a Medevac helicopter pilot, forcing her family to relocate […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Seaman Nikura Walls, Station Cleveland Harbor, Cleveland, Ohio.

  Seaman Nikura Walls, a Colp, Illinois native, reported for duty at Coast Guard Station Cleveland Harbor two years ago.  Prior to joining the Coast Guard she attended the University of Southern Illinois where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: BM2 Brian Waters, Station Alexandria Bay, New York

  Nestled in the majestic 1000 Islands region of New York State is U.S. Coast Guard Station Alexandria Bay, home to 37 dedicated Coast Guard men and women who are charged with ensuring the security of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, […]


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