Although the 2016 Defense budget calls for a 1.3 percent raise in basic pay for soldiers and their families, the paychecks for military members are still getting smaller according to Col. Mike Hayden (USAF, ret.), the director of government relations for the Military Officers Association of America. Read more »
The Pentagon's internal security agency, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, sent out an internal memo to its personnel last week that they could potentially be targets for ISIL or other terrorist groups, and to take appropriate precautions. Read more »
Both the US Coast Guard and the Iranian Navy have confirmed that a single shot was fired from the USCG cutter Monomoy late last month. Read more »
The Coast Guard's National Security Cutter (NSC) is among the largest and most sophisticated cutters ever designed by the Coast Guard, and while the USCG originally wanted 8, the looming and ever-present budget cuts threatened to reduce that number down to 6. In late June of this year, however, the Coast Guard was given assurances that all 8 would be made as ordered. Read more »
Coast Guard officers that have between 15 and 19 years of service come Oct. 1, 2015 can apply for an early retirement with the USCG's Temporary Early Retirement Authority (TERA) between now and August 15.
TERA allows some Coast Guard officers that might be interested in starting a second career a chance to start that sooner, while still receiving some retirement pay and trimming the USCG's payroll. Read more »
The Chinese Navy boarded a US Coast Guard cutter off the coast of Hawaii just this past week, but there's nothing to worry about - it's all part of the drill.
The Chinese sailors from the destroyer Haikou boarded the USCG cutter Waesche as part of a counter piracy exercise. Counter piracy is just one of the many exercises that take place during the Rim of the Pacific exercises hosted by the United States off the coast of Hawaii. Read more »
On this 70th anniversary of the Allied landings on Normandy beach the Coast Guard Compass, the official blog of the USCG, has 5 facts about the Coast Guard's contributions on D-Day.
With Coast Guard data showing that Alaska has warmed at twice the rate of the lower 48 United States, the Arctic waters are becoming increasingly navigable by all sorts of sea vessels. Read more »
Rear Adm. Stephen P. Metruck has been installed as the new commander of the Coast Guard’s 5th District, which stretches from central New Jersey to South Carolina.
Although a relatively small coastal area, this is an incredibly active coastline, with one area of responsibility being security around the waters of Washington DC. The last commander of the 5th District, Rear Adm. Steven H. Ratti oversaw more than 75,000 missions and saved over 760 lives in his 2-year tenure.
Rear Adm. Ratti retired following the change of command ceremony.