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: Cmdr. Laura Collins

“To me, it’s more meaningful than just working to earn a paycheck. I think our service still attracts and keeps people that have an underlying level of character. I remain amazed that I can sit in what seems to be a normal meeting, and then learn on break that the person sitting next to me rescued several people’s lives at sea. That sort of work takes discipline, character and courage. I like serving with those types of people.”


Prospective AESOP applicants on CGA grounds. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corey Mendenhall.

Recruiting cadets from within our ranks

Each fall, the Coast Guard Academy welcomes a select group of junior enlisted members for the Academy Enlisted Selection Opportunity Program, also known as AESOP. The program is designed to expose highly-qualified young men and women to the possibility of attending the academy and upon graduation, become commissioned officers in the U.S. Coast Guard.


Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz, superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy, Chief Petty Officer Megan Sesma, harpist with the Coast Guard Band, Aidalis Mills, management and program analyst for the Coast Guard 9th District Planning and Force Readiness Branch, Ellen Engleman-Connors, deputy director of Coast Guard Governmental and Public Affairs, pose for a photo after Sesma and Mills received the Latina Style Meritorious Service Award at the Distinguished Military Awards Luncheon during the 10th Annual National Latina Symposium. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Donna Walker-Ross.

Bravo zulu, MUC Megan Sesma!

Chief Petty Officer Megan Sesma was a recipient of this year’s Latina Style Meritorious Service Award for her dedication to the Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Band and how the Coast Guard’s core values are apparent in her work and her dedication to the Latino community.


U.S. Coast Guard cartoon by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall.

The Drawing Board: Go Bears!

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm. The Secretaries Cup is an annual college football game between the United States Coast Guard Academy and the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Both academies compete in NCAA Division III athletics. The […]


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