5 Facts About the Coast Guard on D-Day

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.

USCG Patrols Persian Gulf

Unknown to many, US Coast Guard ships have been patrolling the Persian Gulf since 2003, with 6 110-foot Coast Guard cutters and about 300 personnel in the area. Read more »

Is Artic Warming a Nation Security Problem?

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 »

USCG New Commander for Vital 5th District

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.

Coast Guard Wants Larger Anti-Drug Fleet

The Coast Guard wants to seize at least 40% of the estimated 890 metric tons of cocaine that moves between South America and the United States each year. To do that, though, they would need to increase the size of their anti-drug fleet by around 16 ships. Read more »

Tuition Assistance Cap Raised

The Coast Guard has almost doubled the Tuition Assistance cap for sailors pursuing degrees, raising the cap from $2,500 to $4,500 for the rest of the year.

This comes as a surprise to many, since the Coast Guard's budget for Tuition Assistance in 2014 was down from $12 million to only $7.8 million. However, a substantial drop in its usage this year has led to an excess.

The Coast Guard could have reallocated the money to other segments of the Training and Education budget, but felt that the best usage of the money would be to help Coast Guard members improve their education. Read more »

USCG Icebreaker Sent to Assist in Antarctica

A United States Coast Guard heavy icebreaker, the Polar Star, left this past Sunday to help rescue the crew of two other heavy icebreakers trapped near Antarctica. Read more »

US Representative Proposes Commemorative Coin for Coast Guard Museum

US Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT)has proposed legislation for the US Mint to create a coin to honor the United States Coast Guard, with proceeds going to the planned National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut.

While Rep. Courtney claims to have bipartisan support as well as the Coast Guard and other local officials, time will tell if this legislation is able to make it through Congress.

Coast Guard Trials Possible PT Test

The US Coast Guard is currently testing six exercises for a possible new service-wide fitness test that could start as early as May. Read more »

A Second Reliance-class Cutter Open to Enlisted Women

A second 210-foot Coast Guard cutter, the Dauntless, has 10 open positions that are currently open to both enlisted men and women. However, due to the berthing situation aboard the Dauntless (and other 210-ft Reliance-class cutters), if not enough enlisted women apply, the jobs could go to some lesser-qualified men. Read more »

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Army veteran and his undocumented wife worry of possible deportation

Although Ricardo Pineda had been a soldier for six years and is now a disabled veteran dependent upon his undocumented wife's care, he doesn't know whether his wife will be deported or not.
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Britain's Prince Charles on 3-country 'Brexit charm' tour

Britain's Prince Charles arrived in Bucharest Wednesday at the start of a nine-day tour to Romania, Italy and Austria seen as an effort to reassure European Union nations that Britain remains a close ally despite its decision to quit the bloc.
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Veteran profiled in Times-Tribune story admits he lied about military service

After the story was published, the Times-Tribune of Scranton, Pa. received messages from soldiers who served in Iraq and Afghanistan with Army veteran Matthew Gajdys and said he lied about being in combat. Gajdys admitted to the lie, and said he embellished other aspects of his story.
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Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia

The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying in the House investigation of possible links between Russian officials and Donald Trump's campaign, according to letters provided to The Washington Post.
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German lawmakers slam Turkey for alleged spying on colleague

German lawmakers are voicing anger at claims that Turkey is spying on a fellow member of Parliament.
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German teen convicted of Islamic State membership

A 19-year-old German man has been convicted of belonging to the Islamic State extremist group and sentenced as a youth to 3 years and 3 months in prison.
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