A group of Marines assigned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., render a three-volley salute in honor of Coast Guard Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro during a memorial ceremony at Munro’s gravesite in Cle Elum, Wash., Sept. 26, 2014. Munro is the only Coast Guardsman to receive the Medal of Honor. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katleyn Shearer.

A challenge from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

Douglas Munro is more than a service-wide exam study topic. You see, my dad was a Coast Guard chief back in the 70′s. Back then, with people serving only a few decades after the end of World War II, they were much more connected to that part of our history. But, it seems that that’s something we have largely let go of. Granted, there are some history buffs out there and many leaders who pass along that desire to preserve our heritage. So, that’s my call to action to leaders at all levels: if you aren’t doing so already, talk to your crew, your office or your unit about our service’s heroes. Whether you graduated from boot camp or from the Academy, you learned Munro’s story. I challenge you to build upon that foundation of knowledge.


Coast Guard Team Kodiak ombudsmen and command staff from Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and Coast Guard Cutter Munro pause for a photo after an appreciation luncheon in Kodiak, Alaska, April 4, 2014. The Ombudsman Program is a Coast Guard-wide program established to serve as a link between commands and families to help ensure families have the information necessary to meet the challenges of a military lifestyle. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings)

Building stronger communities is key to surviving any hazard

As America’s maritime first responders, the 2014 Coast Guard Directive states, “responding to natural, man-made, and other disasters is a fundamental Coast Guard capability.” This is a reflection on the skill and competence of personnel protecting the communities they serve, as well as those of their families. Ms. Sedonia Cheatham, a native New Orleanian, is a prime example of a Coast Guard spouse and ombudsman who has acted on this know-how to the betterment of her community.


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Force Readiness Command simplifies ASVAB waiver process

Force Readiness Command has revised the process for obtaining waivers of Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, test scores to attend A-school. Change-1 to the Performance Training and Education Manual, released earlier this week, also clarifies the criteria and procedures for granting and approving waivers.


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From the Homefront: It’s okay to ask for help

We have a lot of fun and laughter over here at From the Homefront, but this week is going to be different. I want to talk about something serious: suicide among military family members.


Master Chief Petty Officer Kendrick Marcotte and Petty Officer 3rd Class David Autore hold the Year of the Coast Guard flag in front of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan headquarters. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Year of the Coast Guard flag visiting units across the nation

As part of its continuing celebration of the Year of the Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy Memorial is once again offering the fleet an opportunity to show our Coast Guard pride. A special Year of the Coast Guard flag is making the rounds across the country to be flown, photographed and passed to every unit we can reach. So far, with the support of a number of district command master chief’s, the Year of the Coast Guard flag has traveled to San Juan, San Francisco, Petaluma, on the cutters Aspen and Sockeye, and is currently making its way around the Heartland.


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100 days: Q&A

On his 100th day as Commandant, Coast Guard Commandant ADM Zukunft invited members of the Coast Guard to submit questions for senior leadership to answer based off what Coast Guard men and women are currently seeing at their unit or the challenges they see for our Service as we confront new and emerging threats. Last week, ADM Zukunft sat with the leadership team to discuss the questions that came in. Click through to read the selected questions and answers!


SAN PEDRO, Calif. -- Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, Commander of the 11th Coast Guard District, takes the helm of a 41-foot utility boat from Station Los Angeles-Long Beach in the Port of Los Angeles Monday, Aug. 17, 2009. Rear Adm. Castillo is in the Los Angeles area conducting unit visits with Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

Lumping people together; it’s only human

I suppose I was lumped into a few categories in my Coast Guard career – mostly for the good – although there were a few who just couldn’t seem to see any value in me. I never did understand why. Fortunately, several people took me under their wing, at several stages in my career, because they saw potential and a strong work ethic underneath the rough edges I displayed.


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100 days: We want to hear from you

Today marks my 100th day as Commandant. Upon becoming Commandant, I shared my guiding principles – Service to Nation, Duty to People and Commitment to Excellence – and asked each of you to infuse these principles into your unique role in the Service. As I’ve traveled with, and worked alongside, the Vice Commandant and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard over the past 100 days, I have seen firsthand the embodiment of these guiding principles.


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Preparedness takes time

“Drinking from the fire hose” is a colloquialism often used to describe being overwhelmed to the point of drowning. There are many times in our lives that we feel utterly overwhelmed. For example, perhaps we’ve taken a new job and feel as if we might drown in all the new information being thrown at us at a rapid rate. For many, preparing for possible emergencies: being informed, making a plan, building a kit, things we all know we should do, can seem an overwhelming task.


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A very real look at suicides in the Coast Guard

According to the latest statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among Americans aged 10 and over. In 2010 alone, there were 38,364 suicides in the U.S., an average of […]


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