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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

US Ports May Be Open to Cyberthreats

According to a report written by Cmdr. Joseph Kramek, who serves in the Coast Guard Office of Congressional Affairs, US ports are wide open to a cyberattack.

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Trump pledges at least $430,000 of his own money to help cover aides' legal costs

President Donald Trump plans to spend at least $430,000 of his personal funds to help cover the mounting legal costs incurred by White House staff and campaign aides related to the ongoing investigations of Russian meddling in last year's election, a White House official said.
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New service allows US workers to get paid daily instead of weekly

Workers are calling the shots in an ever-tightening labor market. So why should they wait a week or two before they see their paychecks? A small but growing number of U.S. workers can draw from their earnings daily.
2 hours 27 min ago

EU divided along US-style blue state, red state lines

As the 28-nation European Union convenes a major summit in Brussels on Thursday and Friday, it faces a growing political chasm along geographic lines that resembles the sharp red state-blue state divide in the United States.
2 hours 32 min ago

Texas company offers private search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, after governments failed

A Houston company is negotiating to conduct a private search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, after three governments failed in a three-year, $160 million effort.
2 hours 36 min ago

Google's parent sends Internet balloons to reconnect Puerto Rico cell phones

Google's parent company Alphabet has dispatched its stratospheric Project Loon balloons to deliver Internet service to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria.
2 hours 43 min ago

Honor Flight 'Quebec' takes 28 veterans to see war memorials in DC

Like many veterans, Marine veteran Gerald "Jerry" Williamson has never seen the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., which wasn't finished until 2004, when most of Williamson's peers were in their 80s. The National Honor Flight Network was created to give as many veterans as possible a chance to see their memorial.
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