Safe and effective weight loss

With the month of April fast approaching, many of us are likely becoming preoccupied with the semi-annual weigh-in requirement. Feedback from the field suggests that many members go to extremes to “make weight”. Excessive practices include fad diets, extreme workouts, and the use of quick weight loss products. These can be dangerous endeavors, and will likely not result in permanent weight loss. Read the full blog to learn about Coast Guard (CG) approved web-sites that will assist members in safe and effective weight management year-round.


From the Homefront: Coast Guard families share their journeys on the autism spectrum

In recognition of World Autism Awareness Day (April 2), five families share their stories of Coast Guard life with a loved one on the autism spectrum. Read the full blog to learn more about accepting, understanding, and loving those with autism.


USCG Health, Safety and Work-Life (HSWL) Mobile App

For those looking for information about the Coast Guard, the support programs and services that are available to our members and families, you’ll want to spread the word about the United States Coast Guard’s Health, Safety and Work Life (HSWL) app from USCG’s Office of Work-Life Programs available on both Android and Apple products.


The newest ‘Ancients’ – Introducing the Gold and Silver Ancient Tridents

Today the Coast Guard inducted the first Gold and Silver Ancients Tridents, Rear Adm. Linda L. Fagan and Master Chief R. Shane Hooker respectively. The tradition of naming a Coast Guard community’s “Ancient” dates back to 1966, when aviators created the Ancient Albatross, a title developed to recognize the longest serving pilot in the Coast Guard. The Gold and Silver Ancient Tridents are titles given to the officer and enlisted member who have served in the Marine Safety community the longest. The Marine Safety field operations include vessel and facility inspection, waterways management, pollution response and marine casualty investigations.


Paratus Report: March 2017, Episode 2

Here is the newest edition of the Paratus Report! This episode covers the Coast Guard’s new pistol qualification course and Shutter Shootout, which is our “photo of the year” competition!


From the Homefront: Spouses support and connect over the miles

For spouses who live far from Coast Guard units, finding support can be more difficult. But by using creative thinking and technology, the miles between spouses can disappear. One group explains how it provides connections and camaraderie even though no one lives in the same area.


From the Homefront: Making the best out of some not so great orders

Sometimes the Coast Guard sends members and their families to places they didn’t wish to go. Instead of dreading it, learn how these families made it work and ended up falling in love with their undesired location. Sometimes the orders you didn’t want can be a blessing in disguise.


Do you want to archive your items now? The answer is always “Yes” for this Archivist

Since 1790, there has been a lot of important Coast Guard documents drafted, photographs taken, and logs created. This is why we have an Archivist! The Archives contains historical files on small boats, cutters, aviation, lighthouses, lighthouse tenders, stations, disasters, and other general subjects. Some of these topics include the early days of icebreaking, prohibition operations, Coast Guard Cutter Itasca’s role in the search for Amelia Earhart in 1937, and the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. It is all part of history that needs to be preserved!! Read the full post to learn about the fascinating items that can be found in our Archives.


Partnership in Education is a perfect way to impact the future today

Growing up in Portsmouth, Virginia, Chief Petty Officer Carlton White didn’t have very many military role models. That all changed when, in 5th grade, the Coast Guard adopted his grade school through the Partnership in Education (PIE) program, sending two active-duty Coast Guard members to frequently engage with his class throughout the school year. The PIE program enhances educational opportunities and career awareness for the nation’s youth through direct participation in education related programs. All members of the Coast Guard family, including active duty, reserve, auxiliary, civilian and retirees are encouraged to participate in school and community activities approved by their command. Read the full post to learn more about Chief’s story and the importance of the PIE program!


12 Days on Polar Star

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is currently headed to Antarctica for its annual mission, Operation Deep Freeze. During Antarctic deployments, the cutter’s primary mission is to break a channel through the sea ice to ensure that resupply ships can reach the U.S. Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Research […]


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