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In Memoriam: Commander Stewart Graham; Coast Guard Aviation Pioneer

As the Coast Guard continues to celebrate 100 years of distinguished aviation service by the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard, it is with sad hearts that we remember a true Coast Guard aviation pioneer – Commander Stewart Ross Graham. The aviation community today is still ensuring his legacy lives on, and even more so during the recent floods of Baton Rouge. Continue to read more to about all of his accomplishments and his dedication to the Coast Guard in the message from some of those who followed in his footsteps.


Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger, deputy commandant for operations, answers questions asked by the crew aboard the Coast Guard cutter Bernard C. Webber. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios.

President Obama nominates Vice Adm. Peter V. Neffenger as the next Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard has announced President Barack Obama’s nomination of Vice Adm. Peter V. Neffenger, currently deputy commandant for operations, as the next Vice Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. If confirmed, Neffenger would succeed Vice Adm. John P. Currier in a change of watch ceremony later this spring.


We invite you to download the image above and join us in making it your social media profile photo in solidarity with the service and in tribute to Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Raymond Obendorf. U.S. Coast Guard graphic by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

Loss of BM3 Travis Raymond Obendorf

Petty Officer Obendorf stood the watch on the front lines of Coast Guard operations throughout his nine years of active duty. He previously served aboard Coast Guard Cutter ALERT, at Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Bahrain, and at Coast Guard Station Boston. Throughout his Coast Guard service, Petty Officer Obendorf’s professionalism and commitment ensured that we were always ready to answer the nation’s call. Let us never forget his service and sacrifice.


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Recalling civilian employees under the Pay Our Military Act

Below is the text of an Internet releasable ALCOAST message. More information on the Implementation of the Pay Our Military Act can be found in Saturday’s All Hands post or this memorandum providing guidance to the Coast Guard concerning implementation […]