Lauren Gainor being sworn into the U.S. Coast Guard by her dad, Cmdr. Dan Gainor, the morning of her graduation from the Merchant Marine Academy. Photo courtesy of Lt. j.g. Lauren Gainor.

From the Homefront: Following in a parent’s footsteps

In honor of April being the Month of the Military Child, we introduce four Coastie kids who grew up and chose to follow in the footsteps of the Coast Guardsmen in their lives. All of them said childhood as a military kid shaped their futures and the career choices they made, whether or not the initially planned to join. And all of them appreciate what life as Coast Guard kids brought them.

Military PCS Move Resources

It’s moving season: Keeping your relationship strong and finances in check during this hectic time

Moving can put a strain on even the strongest of relationships. Not only are you stressed about all the things you need to do, but you also may feel emotional about leaving the place you call home. During the move, it’s more important than ever for you and your partner to work together as a team.

Coast Guard and Navy Honor Guard members carry jugs of sea water to the fountains at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C., April 12, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Year of the Coast Guard celebrated at the Navy Memorial

Written by Lt. Cmdr. Pride Sanders Continuing a tradition passed down through generations of mariners and navies, the U.S. Navy Memorial’s 23rd Annual Blessing of the Fleets took place on Saturday, April 12, in Washington, D.C., in front of a […]

Coast Guard Retiree Servies Program

Retiree services for Coast Guardsmen and their dependents

The Coast Guard Retiree Services Program serves the Coast Guard military retirees and eligible surviving family members by proactively keeping the lines of communication open to provide regular retiree information, retiree benefits advice and services when needed.


TSA offers expedited screening for military with new criteria

  As part of an intelligence-driven, risk-based approach to security, TSA began offering TSA Pre✓™  expedited screening to all members of the U.S. military, including reservists and National Guard members. As of Dec. 20, 2013, servicemembers could experience expedited screening at […]

Cutter Jarvis transiting with amphibious transport dock ship USS Cleveland.

The Navy and Coast Guard Team: Working together to forge a strong national fleet

In this constrained fiscal environment, we must be good stewards of our resources while continuing to adapt to the changing maritime domain. During the Navy-Coast Guard Staff Talks in June 2013, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert and Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr. signed the National Fleet Policy, which provides direction and guidance for our services to achieve interoperability for 21st century maritime and naval operations. To support this policy, we stood up the National Fleet Board, which we co-chair, to investigate ways in which we can better support one another. Our efforts over the past 10 months have culminated in the first-ever National Fleet Plan.

Personnel assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod on a run. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

From the Homefront: Keeping Coastie families healthy

Air Station Cape Cod is the only Coast Guard station chosen to participate in the Department of Defense’s Healthy Base Initiative, a project intended to have long-reaching effects on the health of active duty members and dependents. Learning what is happening to make Air Station Cape Cod a healthier base may be a preview into the future of health for other stations.

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Autism Awareness

The Coast Guard is committed to providing support to Coast Guard personnel who have family members diagnosed with ASD. The Family Resource Specialists in each Health, Safety, and Work-Life (HSWL) Regional Practice are available to provide information and referral to local military and civilian resources and services.

Women's History Month banner featuring a U.S. Coast Guard cartoon by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall.

Celebrating women of character, courage and commitment: CPO Tina Claflin

Family history can determine many things, and for Chief Petty Officer Tina Claflin, it wasn’t much of a surprise it guided her career path.

NEW YORK – Coast Guard Petty Officers, from left, Stephen Miller, Heather Clark, Paola Colon, Marc-Antoine Jean and Chief Petty Officer Hugo Gaytan, all of Coast Guard Sector New York, recite the oath of enlistment, as Vice Adm. Robert Parker, Commander of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area, officiates the ceremony. The re-enlistment took place at the New York World Trade Center ceremonial platform, Thurs., May 26, 2011. The ceremony was part of New York Fleet Week, a week-long event in which mariners from around the world are celebrated in a series of maritime-oriented events. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie

Q&A: New re-enlistment and extensions policy

The Coast Guard released new criteria for re-enlistments and extensions for enlisted members. In the second installment of this two-part series, we address some frequently asked questions from the workforce. The following questions and answers about the new re-enlistment policy are applicable to all enlisted members, both active duty and reserve, unless specifically stated otherwise.

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