OSMS and YOU: Waterways Operations and Management

Our nation’s waterways are a critical component of the Marine Transportation System or MTS. The MTS is a highly integrated system that includes over 1,000 harbor channels and 25,000 miles of commercially navigable channels. It connects over 152,000 miles of railroad, 45,000 miles of interstate highway, and 460,000 miles of pipeline through nearly 2,000 terminals operated at over 360 deep and shallow draft ports.


OSMS and YOU: Marine Investigations

The Coast Guard has been responsible for conducting marine casualty investigations since the Steamboat Inspection Service was formed in 1874. Currently, the investigation program resides within the Coast Guard’s Prevention Directorate and employs approximately 200 uniformed and civilian staff stationed domestically and internationally and includes two National Centers of Expertise.


OSMS and YOU: Vessel Inspections

The OAP11 – Vessel Inspections specialty code designates the recipient as a certified Coast Guard Marine Inspector and Port State Control Examiner. This program utilizes the Apprentice-Journeyman-Advanced Journeyman concept for progression through competency achievement.


Honor, respect and dependents on duty

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham Riley and Chris Hollandsworth are getting ready for significant life changes — Riley is preparing herself to move away for college and Chris is preparing to become the man of the house.


OSMS and YOU: Prevention Ashore

Prevention Officers with this specialty have the training, skills, and experience to manage and execute the Coast Guard’s prevention operations. Prevention mission management requires detailed knowledge of the inspection of vessels, facilities, maritime investigations, enforcement of waterway safety and security standards, and waterway analyses.


Alcohol Awareness Month: Support and Recovery

Arriving at home on the evening of March 3, 2015 I was still energized over the day’s events. If you had told me when my substance use was in its acute stage 13 years earlier that my future would include being a guest in the Coast Guard Headquarters Flag Mess with the Coast Guard Surgeon General and the Director of National Drug Control Policy…well, I would have thought you were crazy.


OSMS and YOU: Engineering

Engineering (CG-ENG10) is a specialty designation for positions and officers. Officers with this designation have demonstrated progress toward any of the engineering subspecialties through education, experience, and PQS completion.


Alcohol Awareness Month 2015

The Coast Guard is partnering with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence or NCADD in April to support Alcohol Awareness Month.


Month of the Military Family

Month of the Military Child 2015

Each year, the month of April is designated as the “Month of the Military Child.” This month celebrates military children who contribute to their family’s well-being and the sacrifices they make on behalf of the nation, including frequent moves, parent deployments, adjustment to new schools and the loss of friendships.


OSMS and YOU: Marine Environmental Response

The National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan, more commonly referred to as the National Contingency Plan or NCP, designates the U. S. Coast Guard as the lead federal agency for directing the removal and mitigation of oils spills and releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminates into or threatening the waters and adjoining shorelines of the coastal zone.


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