OSMS and YOU: Search and Rescue Coordination

The OAR-11 officer specialty code, or OSC, is available to those officers who demonstrate satisfactory performance and proficiency in aeronautical and maritime SAR planning and response coordination. This competency is fundamental to junior officers aspiring to a Response-Ashore career.

OSMS and YOU: Maritime Law Enforcement/PWCS

OSMS and YOU: Maritime Law Enforcement, PWCS

For over 200 years, the Coast Guard has filled the roll as our Nation’s first responder to threats in the maritime environment – both domestic and foreign. Aside from conducting general law enforcement, maritime law enforcement personnel prevent, deter, and respond to illicit activities such as terrorism, illegal entry, smuggling, piracy, as well as enforce federal laws protecting the United States’ living marine resources.

MK2 Hardey feat

Station Washington reservist sets high standard of accomplishment

“MK2 James Hardey is an outstanding example of adherence to the Coast Guard’s Core Value of devotion to duty and his drive and determination for professional development is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished to other reserve members,” notes ITC James Krise, the station’s Senior Enlisted Reserve Advisor.

From the Homefront

From the Homefront: Ombudsman of the Year brings sense of ‘ohana’ to unit

It’s the sense of ohana, or family, that Annie Leighton brings to Coast Guard Station Kauai, Hawaii. But it almost feels like that word isn’t even big enough to embrace all she is to the station.


Forward, Engaged and Ready: A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower

A Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower is a revision to a strategy we signed with the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps in 2007 and shows a continued commitment to our relationship with them in countering threats and challenges from or on the sea. It does not replace other Coast Guard strategies, such as our Arctic Strategy or Western Hemisphere strategy, as these documents explain what we do in these parts of the world and support our united tri-Service strategy.

Going against the grain

While a student at the University of Massachusetts, Susan Vance experienced the student protest movements against the Vietnam War that were part and parcel of campuses across the country.


Students portray greatest single rescue in Coast Guard history

Over the past year a team of students from the University of Alabama have traveled across the nation compiling video and conducting interviews for an upcoming documentary on the U.S. Coast Guard’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.


OSMS and YOU: Communities

What is a Community? The Officer Specialty Management System contains three organizational layers…

Candidates completing their phsyical screening test to accompanty their application to the Coast Guard's dive program begin their timed 500-yard swim at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center Pool, Friday, March 14, 2014. The Coast Guard is soliciting volunteers to apply for the service's new dive program and members must include their results from the physical screening test with their application in order to be considered for the program. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.

Coast Guard physical fitness policy update

Maintaining a fit and healthy workforce is vital to mission readiness. A physically fit member has a greater chance of successfully meeting operational requirements, coping with stress, avoiding injuries, and achieving a healthy and satisfying life…

From the Homefront

From the Homefront: Challenges as a male Coast Guard spouse

Currently, about 14 percent of the Coast Guard active duty force is made up of women, which is right around the average for Department of Defense services. And most active duty Coast Guard members are married.So it’s no surprise that there are male Coastie spouses, but they still feel awkward sometimes.

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