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Capt. Mathieu

Technology specialist OR ship driver?

It is 2012, and reflecting on a very blessed 30-year career in the U.S. Coast Guard, or 34 counting the Coast Guard Academy, I realize that my path was not very orthodox. I do not contend it would be perfect for everyone, but it certainly worked for ...


State-of-the-art Centralized Service Desk takes form

With nearly five months of 24/7 operations under the Centralized Service Desk's belt, things are looking up. Seventy four employees are now on hand in St. Louis, working CGFIXIT tickets and answering phones. As part of the Command, Control, Communica...


Command Master Chief Update

Greetings from the nation’s capital… Another year is in the books; bring on 2012!! I offer a hearty welcome back to work for those who enjoyed some well-deserved rest during the holidays. As many of you know, the DCMS enterprise remained in full swin...

Food service specialist

OPC project goes to the field to design food service space

Napoleon once stated that “an army marches on its stomach,” and the same can be said for a Coast Guard crew. As such, the Offshore Patrol Cutter project team has recognized that the new vessel needs thoughtfully designed spaces for ef...

Dependable moored alongside pier 3

WWII-era pier undergoing vital renovation

Voracious little marine worms, mollusks and crustaceans that bore into wood and eat it, have been feasting their way through the wooden piles that support Pier 3 at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May in Cape May Harbor, N.J. The wooden pil...

Filming CG Alaska

Upgraded aviation assets highlighted in “Coast Guard Alaska”

It is unlikely that a helicopter would be nominated for an award in a supporting actor role on a TV show, but in The Weather Channel’s new series, “Coast Guard Alaska,” the service’s MH-60T Medium Range Recovery helicopter is showcased for the integr...

Rear Adm. Stephen E. Mehling

Preparing the workforce: tactics, techniques, procedures

In his spring 2011 Service Lines article, Rear Adm. Timothy Sullivan, my predecessor as commander of Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM), outlined why the U.S. Coast Guard needs FORCECOM , as well as what FORCECOM is designed to do. Here, I’d like to ...

Yeoman entering data

Coast Guard moves to digitize military record keeping

The future of your military personnel records is about to get easier, due in part, to the Coast Guard’s improved document imaging system. By employing the right technology, our people will be better connected to the information they need to make good...

A tale of two ships graphic

A tale of 2 cutters

In early November, two Coast Guard cutters were docked in Baltimore: the former Coast Guard Cutter Taney and the newest National Security Cutter, Stratton. Though moored just a few blocks apart, they were separated by more than 75 years, each designe...

Deepwater illustration

Deepwater RIP - A Leadership Perspective

The time has come for the U.S. Coast Guard to officially drop the Deepwater name from any reference to our acquisition portfolio. The active period of performance for the last line item under the Integrated Coast Guard Systems contract ends in January...

Man getting the flu faccine

Shooting for 100 percent readiness against the flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identifies the flu vaccination as the “primary method for preventing influenza and its severe complications.” The development of widespread flu...


Aviation back on track to improve safety record

Capt. A. G. Lamplugh is widely credited as having stated in the 1930’s that, “Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving...

VADM Currier

Audit Remediation Success! - A view from the top

Both the Commandant and I have recently released messages offering our personal thanks to each and every member of the Coast Guard for their extraordinary efforts throughout the Fiscal Year 2011 audit process...

CSD graphic

Hurricane tests Coast Guard IT support

In the midst of construction to build out the Centralized Service Desk, along with the districts transitioning their help desk responsibilities to the CSD, Hurricane Irene hit in late August and turned the best laid plans...

Rescue with newly upgraded MH-65D helicopter

Pilot's first rescue with upgraded helicopter

Lt. Russ Merrick just completed aircraft familiarization with an MH-65D Short Range Recovery helicopter May 10 at Coast Guard Station Fire Island on the south shore of Long Island, N.Y. Merrick and his helicopter crew were conducting...

Master Chief Isherwood

Command Master Chief Update

Greetings from the Nation’s Capitol and what may be an early happy holiday season to each and every one of you. I’d like to start by thanking a couple of the senior enlisted leaders who will be departing and...

Base Miami Beach banner

Base Update: Welcome Base Miami Beach

Base Miami Beach was established Sept. 28 to coordinate all regional mission support activities in the 7th District area of responsibility. The base commander will synergize field-support delivery...

Have Tent, Will Travel

Have Tent,Will Travel…

The concept of field or mobile medicine in America came to the forefront during the Civil War with tactics formalized by Gen. Walter Reed, M.D., U.S. Army. A medical station was placed in the area of operations with casualties...

Banner with Android and iOS logos

Staying Connected with Coast Guard Wireless Email

Wireless email provides an “on the go” capability that has the potential to make our jobs easier, more efficient and more effective. The ability to communicate via email without having to be at a computer...

Vice Adm. J.P. Currier

We are Mission Support - A View From the Top

As I look back on a busy and challenging fiscal year 2011, I’m proud to say that your efforts to further mission support modernization have been outstanding. Let me highlight a few of the significant milestones we’ve reached...

Station Sabine after Hurricane Ike

Enhancing the Resiliency of Gulf Coast Facilities

Coast Guard Facilities Design and Construction Center is currently executing a comprehensive capital reinvestment plan to restore the Coast Guard’s critical shore facilities severely damaged during Hurricane Ike...

Master Chief Isherwood

Welcome to Service Lines!

Great news for all of you technology early adopters; Service Lines is going all electronic! Have no fears though, each electronic edition of the magazine will still contain awesome photo spreads, interesting articles and plenty...

News Clips

Ice SkimmingR&D center tests oil removal from ice

April 12, 2012

As petroleum reserves in the Arctic become more attractive, scientists at the Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center in New London, Conn., are helping to develop new ways to tackle the unique...

CGC StrattonCommissioning the 3rd National Security Cutter

April 3, 2012

Michelle Obama, the first lady and ship's sponsor, welcomed the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton into service Saturday during the ship's commissioning ceremony in Alameda, Calif. ...


Let your voice be heard!

March 28, 2012

Watch your inbox this week for an email from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management inviting you to participate in the 2012 Coast Guard Organizational Assessment Survey. The information you provide in the survey plays a critical role in helping the ...


Electrification of shipbuilding tower cranes

March 22, 2012

In 2010, the Coast Guard Yard began electrification of the five shipbuilding tower cranes, which will provide significant savings for the Coast Guard when complete. The electrification of the tower cranes represents a reduction of 1,570 tons of CO2 e...

Rescue Swimmer

Rescue swimmer school, only the strong survive

March 2, 2012

Since Congress mandated the Coast Guard implement a rescue swimmer program in 1984, a select group of Coast Guardsmen have earned the privilege of being flown in and dropped alone into perilous sea conditions to rescue those in distress. Each year mo...

Replenishment ceremony

Replenishment project of Cape May’s beaches marked complete

Feb. 9, 2012

Representatives from the Coast Guard, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection completed a $9 million replenishment project when they dispersed the last load of more than 620,000 cubic yards of sand place...

Dentist at work

Dental care impacts Coast Guard readiness

Jan. 31, 2012

If you’ve ever looked at your personal view in Coast Guard Business Intelligence, which gives a snapshot of your personal readiness, you’ll notice that dental readiness is a key measure used to determine individual deployability. Fifty eight Coast Gu...

Crewmembers and guardsmen clear compacted snow and ice

Winter has arrived. Are you ready to telework?

Jan. 19, 2012

While the goal of the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 is to increase telework usage among eligible employees, in the event of inclement weather, telework becomes a mission-essential benefit. To see if you are eligible to participate in...

Coast Guard recruits from company R-185 sound off

Cape May gym gets renovations

Jan. 13, 20121

A major renovation is underway on the Coast Guard’s gymnasium facility aboard the Training Center Cape May. The $3.7-million renovation will help to improve...

Cutters on dry dock

Busy dry-dock season in Baltimore

Jan. 9, 20121

The Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore faced a busy dry-dock schedule throughout the fall of 2011. Yard tradesmen readied several cutters for “return to sea” including the Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater, an 87-foot patrol boat in the Yard...


New Logistics Support Element seeks team members

Jan. 3, 2012

The Director of Operational Logistics is soliciting applications for Logistics Support Element team members. The LSE is a new Emergency Response Team under the Deputy Commandant for Mission Support...

Recruits waiting for families

Families host recruits for the holidays

Dec. 27, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard and the American Red Cross placed approximately 240 Coast Guard recruits with 79 southern New Jersey families Christmas Day and 220 recruits with 92 families for Thanksgiving as part of Operation Fireside. Coast Guard...

CG Special Forces boats?

Fact OR Fiction?

The Coast Guard doesn't have Special Forces

Dec. 20, 2011

Fiction -- The Coast Guard does have specialized forces. One special operations force is the group of 12 Maritime Safety and Security Teams strategically placed around the nation. The events of Sept. 11, 2001, clearly highlighted the need for...


Milestones for the H-65 Project

Dec. 14, 2011

November 8 marked a historic day for the Coast Guard’s H-65 helicopter program, as the Short Range Recovery product line received its final HH-65C airframe, CGNR-6596, from Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, Ind. The entire H-65 fleet...

Coast Guard Cutter Taney

70th Pearl Harbor Day anniversary

Dec. 7, 2011

The former U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Taney was stationed in Honolulu Dec. 7, 1941, when Japanese war planes attacked Pearl Harbor. Under the command of the U.S. Navy but with a Coast Guard crew, the cutter repeatedly fired on planes...

Coast Guard Yellow Ribbon Program logo

Supporting those who serve

Yellow Ribbon Program

Dec. 6, 2011

While it is commonplace for the U.S. Coast Guard’s active duty military members to deploy, one can easily forget that Coast Guard reserve members also play an important role in deployment efforts. The Coast Guard Yellow Ribbon Program, which is primarily...

The first Fast Response Cutter, Bernard C. Webber, gets underway.

Lead Sentinel-class ship underway

Nov. 29, 2011

The Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutter project achieved an important milestone this week for the Coast Guard’s patrol boat recapitalization efforts. The Bernard C. Webber, the lead ship in the Sentinel class, got underway...

Rep. Frank LoBiondo

Rep. Frank LoBiondo visits Training Center Cape May

Nov. 28, 2011

The Honorable Frank LoBiondo, congressman from New Jersey’s 2nd District, visited Training Center Cape May, N.J., Oct. 7. Rep. LoBiondo engaged in a working lunch with the Recruit Training Board of Advisors and...

Heat map of Delaware Bay

Coast Guard heat maps help leaders visualize operations

Nov. 15, 2011

The adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words," refers to the idea that a complex idea can be conveyed with just a single, still image. It also aptly characterizes one of the main goals of visualization, namely...

Joshua James

Did you know?

Nov. 10, 2011

The Coast Guard’s fifth National Security Cutter will be named for Joshua James. James is cited with saving more than 600 lives along the New England coastline over a nearly 60-year career with the U.S. Life Saving...


Industrial Management Plan Implementation Approved

Nov. 2, 2011

Rear Adm. Rábago recently approved the phased implementation of the National Industrial Enterprise Management Plan which outlines a management consolidation of 21 locations that conduct U.S. Coast Guard industrial missions...

Shaking hands over the new PERSMAN

New Personnel Manual Arrives!

Oct. 24, 2011

Rear Adm. Ronald T. Hewitt promulgated 12 new manuals and instructions Sept. 28, which cancelled the legacy Personnel Manual, COMDTINST M1000.6. This change not only reduces the size...


YN1 VanDell Dawson

Dawson awarded Navy League’s 2011 Munro Award

Jan. 24, 2012

Petty Officer 1st Class VanDell Dawson, a yeoman at Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma, was awarded the Navy League's 2011 Munro Award for Inspirational Leadership at the Navy League’s National Convention in Chattanooga, Tenn., Oct. 28, 2011. Dawso...

Knepp receives award

Petty Officer Knepp awarded Paul H. Lankford Commandant Award

Jan. 17, 2012

Petty Officer 1st Class Byron L. Knepp, an engineering instructor for the Mobile Training Branch at U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, was awarded the prestigious Paul H. Lankford Commandant Award from the U.S. Air Force Non-Commissioned Offi...

Lt. Patrick Sullivan

Sullivan receives 2010 Chief Financial Officer award

Jan. 10, 2012

Lt. Patrick Sullivan is the 2010 recipient of the Chief Financial Officer Award for Excellence for commissioned officers ranking 0-1 to 0-3. Sullivan received the award, for work at his previous assignment at the Surface Forces Logistics Center in Ba...

CWO Arturo E. Howard

Howard recognized as Outstanding American by Choice

Dec. 27, 2011

Chief Warrant Officer Arturo E. Howard was recognized as the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Outstanding American by Choice in a ceremony held Sept. 13, 2011. The award was presented by Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napoli...

Boondogglers hold their award

Boondogglers place 7th in Wilderness Challenge

Dec. 15, 2011

Training Center Yorktown’s “Team Boondogglers” participated in the 11th annual Wilderness Challenge Oct. 7 and 8, 2011, at Ace Adventure Resort in Fayetteville, W. Va. Seaman Ron Giles, Petty Officer 1st Class LaraLee Thomlinson, Petty Officer 1st Cl...

Capt. Dorothy Stratton

Are you led by example?

Stratton/Faurie Award Submissions

Are honor, respect and devotion to duty second nature to someone you know? If the answer is yes, this is your opportunity to get this person the recognition they deserve. The Sea Services Leadership Association is looking for women nominees for...

Mr. Curtis Odom

Odom receives Blacks in Gov. Meritorious Service Award

Mr. Curtis Odom is the 2011 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award winner. Mr. Odom, director of Personnel Management (CG-12), developed and implemented a U.S. Coast Guard-wide diversity strategic plan which enabled the Commandant...

Seaman Jacob Lowery

Seaman Lowery receives American Legion Spirit of Service Award

Seaman Jacob Lowery of U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma was selected as the Coast Guard’s recipient of the American Legion Spirit of Service Award. The award, given to a single member from each branch of service every year, recognizes...

Capt. Edward Eng

Capt. Eng Receives 2011 International Leadership Award

Capt. Edward Eng, commanding officer of the Community Services Command, is the International Military Community Executives Association Leadership Award winner for 2011. Eng is recognized for his innovative leadership in overseeing...

Walden playing volleyball

Walden competes at World Military Games in Rio de Janeiro

Training Center Cape May’s Petty Officer 2nd Class Zachary Walden, a damage controlman by trait, made the All-U.S. Armed Forces Beach Volleyball Team after first making the All-Navy Team. Walden went on to represent...

Around Mission Support

Petty Officer Sarah Gorton

Meet Petty Officer Sarah Gorton

I joined the Coast Guard to give back to my country, and also to create more opportunities for myself that I would not have had before. I want to take what I am becoming into the civilian world someday and be an example for others to follow. The Coas...

Brad Welch

Meet Mr. Brad Welch

I have great respect for the missions of the Coast Guard and all Coast Guard personnel and their families and love my job because of the challenges of the position. The Coast Guard...

Petty Officer Denise Tuss

Meet Petty Officer Denise Tuss

I signed up to join the Coast Guard because it's become my "family’s business." My grandfather joined in 1947 and served .for five years, and my father joined in 1985 and is currently in his 26th year...

Duran Coats

Meet Mr. Duran Coats

Prior to working for the Coast Guard, I served 10 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and was working in the private sector when I saw an advertisement for a job with the U.S. Coast Guard. Although I had a good job, I was looking for something more fulfil...

Lt. Erica Elfring

Meet Lt. Erica Elfring

Joining the Coast Guard was an easy choice for me and I always wanted to serve. When I was younger I viewed the Coast Guard as “family business,” and I looked up to the commitment and dedication that my father had to the missions. His heroic example ...

Rich Johnson

Meet Mr. Rich Johnson

I transferred to the U.S. Coast Guard from the Army many years ago because I thought that aviation would be more interesting than the infantry, and I was correct. I have worked with many different personalities in the Coast Guard, and one character...

BM2 Brooks Hollingshead

Meet Petty Officer Brooks Hollingshead

I was motivated to be part of the Coast Guard community because of the respect I have for our seagoing history. It is an honor to serve the boating community in conjunction with protecting our country....

Mr. Ron Ray

Meet Mr. Ron Ray

Working in the program manager's office for the Coast Guard's MWR Program has afforded me the opportunity to stay in touch with my entire Service. After almost 40 years of service to the Coast Guard, of which 30 years were on active duty, this truly ...

Senior Chief Petty Officer Alan Fowler

Meet Senior Chief Alan Fowler

In 1989, I was at a crossroads in my life and in need of direction. College was not working out as planned, and my parents were growing tired of my indecision. I joined the Coast Guard until I could figure out what I wanted from life. As it turned ou...

Capt. Jan Stevens

Meet Capt. Jan Stevens

My father, a Coast Guard boatswain’s mate chief, taught me from an early age what the chief’s anchor meant about leadership and service. Dad instilled patriotism and family pride in each of his children which I hope that my own daughter, a fourth gen...

Mr. Steve Jerrim

Meet Mr. Steve Jerrim

In my life, I have had the great honor and privilege to serve my country in the United States military. There is only one honor and privilege that could exceed the gratification of serving my country and that was to serve the people who serve my coun...

Chief Petty Officer Joshua Ewing

Meet Chief Petty Officer Joshua Ewing

Coast Guard aviation does more with less. With the aviation enlisted rate consolidation down to three specific jobs in the late 1990's, aircraft maintainers now resemble civilian related aviation jobs more so than other branches of today's military...

Mark Hiet

Meet Mark Hiet

In 1989 looking for a sense of direction and something I could be proud of I joined the United States Coast Guard. After spending seven years on active duty; 14 years as a government (Coast Guard) contractor; and the last year as a government civilia...

Lt. Brandi Graham

Meet Lt. Brandi Graham

I joined the military as a direct result of the attack on September 11, 2001. The missions of the Coast Guard aligned with my goals to protect and serve our people, natural resources and our nation at home and abroad....

Calvin Dingle

Meet Calvin Dingle

One of my primary inspirations to serve with the Coast Guard was to regain the camaraderie and values I once held in the Air Force. As a civilian, your military core values can slowly start to diminish...

Lt. Matt Pickard

Meet Lt. Matt Pickard

I had just graduated from high school when I was approached by a retired lieutenant commander. He told me about the Coast Guard and emphasized...

Mrs. Regina Gwiazdowski

Meet Regina Gwiazdowski

I was not aware of the strong presence of the Coast Guard in our area when I started looking for a job after the United States Joint Forces Command's disestablishment was announced. I saw a job listing for a training...

LTJG Varon

Meet Lt.j.g. Galen Varon

For thousands of years mankind has been attracted to the lore of the sea. From the depths of the frigid Arctic to the humid Gulf, the Coast Guard has assisted both the mariner and the environment in peril. I joined to...

IT2 Horning

Meet Petty Officer 2nd Class Clayton Horning

I needed income to support my family and medical care for my autistic son. I needed a challenge and a work environment with a mission that has a positive impact on the community. The Coast Guard took care of all of these needs...

CWO Proctor

Meet Chief Warrant Officer Mike Proctor

I wanted to work near the water, and footage of 44-foot motor lifeboats breaking surf at Cape Disappointment in a commercial at 2 a.m. convinced me to join the Coast Guard. From small boats, I found aviation and had to try...

CWO Alice Hallford

Meet Chief Warrant Officer Alice Hallford

I joined the Coast Guard because it is the most family oriented of ALL the military services. The Coast Guard missions don't depend on a war or conflict; we defend, protect, save lives, and support our country every day.

SN Steinle

Meet Seaman Chris Steinle

I've always really wanted to be in the military because my family is law enforcement and military oriented. But I wanted to be part of something different with more unique missions. I didn’t learn about the Coast Guard until...

Bryan Carpenter

Meet Mr. Bryan Carpenter

My experience working for the U.S. Coast Guard has opened my eyes as to how well they take care of their service members. I am prior service U.S Army, turned civilian, and consider the Coast Guard the "little hidden secret"...

CWO Craig

Meet Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Craig

I worked on tour boats for 7 years and wanted to continue working on the water. But, I wanted a good job, not just any job. The Coast Guard offered the benefits of military service and was a good job on the water.

PO Taylor

Meet Petty Officer Chrissy Taylor

The missions of the Coast Guard inspired me to be a part of the team. I am proud to be with an organization that is dedicated to helping others, the environment, and protecting America. It is an honor for me to serve.

PO Paloma Gutierrez

Meet Petty Officer Paloma Gutierrez

One of the reasons I decided to join the U.S. Coast Guard was because I wanted to take advantage of the great educational opportunities. I wasn't able to afford the high cost of college, and the Coast Guard offered me a great job and the chance...

PO Carl Luis Blas

Meet Petty Officer Carl Luis Blas

I was inspired to serve in the Coast Guard because I knew I’ll have the opportunity to travel around the US to visit different towns and cities that I have never been to. An adventure with many possibilities...

PO Jose Tineo

Meet Petty Officer Jose Tineo

The Coast Guard’s commitment to community support was very inspiring for me, but more important was being a role mode for my sons and brothers. The procurement support I provide enables operations. I’m part of a team...

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