Benefits to be “Thankful” for

It is by the support of our service, our members, our families, and our nation we remain Semper Paratus.


Coast Guard Family Month: Cadets new “families” at Thanksgiving

Like other military members, Coast Guard Academy cadets are often far away from their family during their intense four-year academic journey. Some cadets are even from outside of the U.S. This is why the camaraderie is strong between cadets, and why the families that surround the Academy are so important. Many cadets that live close to the Academy will take friends home for weekends and holidays by the vanload, and Academy staff and local community members also open their homes to cadets, which helps ease homesickness for those cadets that are unable to spend holidays with their own families. Read a couple of cadets’ thoughts about this new take on “family.”


From the Homefront: Thanksgiving recipes and tips from the experts

Thanksgiving; the time of year when stretchy pants make the best dinner pants! Next week at this time, food will be on everyone’s minds and plates! Not sure of your own cooking abilities for this year’s feast? Well never fear, Coast Guard food service specialists share some tips for feeding a large crowd! And if you haven’t planned your own menu yet, make sure to check out the recipes included in this post if you want to take your culinary skills to the next level.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp conducts an all hands meeting with members of Patrol Forces Southwest in Bahrain. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

Thanksgiving message from the Commandant and Mrs. Papp

Although Linda and I are away from home and our family during our favorite holiday, we will have a proper Thanksgiving dinner with members of our Coast Guard Family who are here with us. Linda and I thank you all for your friendship, hard work and commitment to our Coast Guard. Wherever you might be celebrating, have a Happy Thanksgiving.


Kitchen pan fire. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Stand by Your Pan: Cook safely to prevent kitchen fires

Thanksgiving Day cooking fires are triple the number of cooking fires on an average day. Check out these tips from the U.S. Consumer Prduct Safety Commission to prevent a kitchen fire.


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Thanksgiving message from the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security

This week our nation celebrates Thanksgiving, a time for all of us to recognize the blessings we have experienced over the past year. As we come together to celebrate this important holiday – as individuals, as families, and as a Department – I want to personally thank each of you for your service, your dedication, and your commitment to the Department and to our Nation.


Illustration featuring a female Coast Guard petty officer standing the watch. U.S. Coast Guard cartoon by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall.

The Drawing Board: Remember those standing the watch

U.S. Coast Guard cartoonist Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall reminds us to remember those standing the watch this holiday season.