Feds Feed Families: A 225th birthday challenge:

In the seventh annual Feds Feed Family compaign, the Coast Guard is issuing a challenge to donate 225,000 pounds of food to triple last year’s total in honor of the Coast Guard’s 225th birthday. Read more for information about contributing in this food drive.

Coast Guard Auxiliary National Commodore Thomas C. Mallison speaks at the Coast Guard Auxiliary 75th anniversary ceremony at Coast Guard headquarters, Washington, D.C.

Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates 75 years of service

“The Coast Guard is much more than 39,600 active duty officer and enlisted personnel,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. “Our missions are far too many, and far too complex to accomplish with so few,” the commandant said.

Santa Claus and his elves hand out presents to all of the children of Old Harbor during the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR’s Santa to the Villages outreach event on Dec. 3, 2013. Santa to the Villages is a Coast Guard outreach program in Alaska where many different units spread holiday cheer to some of the more remote areas of Alaska and has been active for more than 30 years. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Quintana.

SPAR crew works aids, spreads holiday cheer to Old Harbor, Alaska

Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Quintana. As December arrives and the darkest part of the year is upon us, SPAR’s crew conducted aids to navigation work, vocational outreach and spread holiday cheer throughout south Kodiak. SPAR has made […]

Petty Officer 1st Class Erin O'Brien, a gunner's mate aboard Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, looks on as one of the children from Casa Nazaret, a home for disabled children, demonstrates her artistic talents. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Lennie Day.

Escanaba crew “gives back” during holiday season deployment

Written by Lt. j.g. Tara Mead. Earlier this month, crew members from Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba took time in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, to visit Casa Nazaret, a home for disabled children. Working closely with the Coast Guard’s Liaison Officer […]

Personnel from Baltimore area Coast Guard commands and their mentored students following the lunch break at Brooklyn Park Middle School’s “Just Lunch” program. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Park Middle School.

Coast Guard personnel “do lunch” with local students

On Monday, members from Baltimore-area Coast Guard units joined administrators and students from the Brooklyn Park Middle School in Brooklyn Park, Md, for the school’s December “Just Lunch” program. The “Just Lunch” program is designed to promote and encourage academic excellence among the students through positive mentorship.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors logo.

Volunteering: Give a little, get a lot

The tragic loss of a loved one is sometimes an unfortunate part of being a military family. Coupled with the unique lifestyle of being stationed apart from extended family and other support systems can make dealing with a loss especially challenging. That’s where TAPS comes in.

Extraordinary League of Gentlemen, Inc., 4th annual Bright Minds with Bright Futures Bookbag giveaway. Photo courtesy of Chucky Smiley.

In the community: So others may learn

Members of U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center took some time out on Saturday to assist the Extraordinary League of Gentlemen in making sure disadvantanged youth on Maryland’s Lower Eastern Shore had new bookbags and supplies heading into the school year.

NEW YORK - Students from Rippowam Cisqua School, based near Bedford, N.Y., pose with Lt. Cmdr. Scott Rae (far right), commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon Bay, after a day trip on the Hudson River Feb. 17, 2010.

Partnership in Education: Ready? Set? Volunteer!

Looking for volunteer opportunities to get involved in your local community – a chance to make a real difference? Seeking to share your love of marine science, engineering, environmental education, or information technology? Or do you just have the makings of an outstanding role model and want to positively influence the next generation? If so, consider Coast Guard’s Partnership in Education programs!

Petty Officer 1st Class Chase Severns is congratulated by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Bravo zulu, BM1 Chase Severns!

Coast Guard All Hands sends out a bravo zulu to Petty Officer 1st Class Chase Severns, executive petty officer at Aids to Navigation Team Kennewick. Severns was named the 2013 Navy Times Coast Guardsman of the Year in a ceremony in Washington, D.C., to recognize the 2013 Military Times Service Members of the Year.