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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'In a hay loft:' Candidate for Ohio governor reveals sexual past on Facebook

A state Supreme Court justice running for Ohio governor volunteered candid details of his sexual past on Facebook, saying Friday that he was taking a swipe at the "media frenzy" over sexual misconduct. He wrote that he has been "sexually intimate with approximately 50 very attractive females."
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Coast Guard kicks off Woods Hole construction project

U.S. Coast Guard officials on Thursday formally kicked off a $23 million construction project that will provide new digs for the 150 servicemembers assigned to the agency's Woods Hole station.
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Scientists say concerted effort needed to study types of chemicals leaked into Fairchild AFB water

A group of scientists, physicians and public health officials is calling for a nationwide research initiative to better understand the health effects of man-made fluorinated compounds, such as those leaked into drinking water from Fairchild Air Force Base.
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Red Cross: 1 million Yemenis at risk of cholera outbreak

One million people across three Yemeni cities are at risk of a renewed cholera outbreak and other water-borne diseases following the closing of airports and sea ports by a Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Shiite rebels, an international aid group said on Friday.
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Saudi-led forces ‘extract’ 2 French journalists from Yemen

France's Foreign Ministry said a Saudi-led coalition has "extracted" two French female journalists from war-torn Yemen.
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UK agency investigates mid-air collision with casualties

An aircraft and helicopter collided in mid-air Friday northwest of London and a "number of casualties" were reported, authorities said.
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