CGBlog Links: Enough to satisfy your Coastie cravings

Welcome to the Link List.

Our goal here: with your help, to have the most complete list of links to Coast Guard related websites anywhere on the net. If you have a suggestions for a link please contact the staff or go ahead and add it here.

Publisher's Picks

  • Coast Guard News, the best spot for all the news that's fit to print; published by Senior Chief John Willis (USCG, retired).
  • Waiting for ships to come in..., an excellent and well-written group blog by Coastie spouses. Their tagline says it all: One big Coast Guard family. A few classy dames. One quirky blog. Add this one to your RSS stream, for sure.

The Official Coast Guard

Joining the Coast Guard

  • Go Coast Guard: (Reserve and active duty; enlisted and commissioned service)

Unofficial Suggestions for Official Bloggers

Official Coast Guard Blogs

  • iCommandant, the official blog site of the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard.
  • Amver, Saving Lives at Sea Since 1958: The Automated Mutual Assistance Vessel Rescue SystemThe official blog from Amver, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. Amver's mission is to quickly provide search and rescue authorities, on demand, accurate information on the positions and characteristics of vessels near a reported distress.
  • Spirit of 76, a blog from Flotilla 76 (130-07-06) in Portland, Oregon, published for the benefit of the members of the flotilla and other interested persons.
  • Cutter Gallatin, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Charleston, SC: The Jewel of the Atlantic.
  • On Call, the Official Site of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego Reserve Readiness Information Blog.
  • Coast Guard Performance Excellence, a blog for, and by, organizational performance consultants and other Coasties interested in excellence in organizational management.

OFFICIAL Coast Guard Links

The Official and Semi-Official Coast Guard

Official and Unofficial Users and Groups and Pictures on Flickr

Official and Unofficial Pages on Facebook

  • Amver, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With Amver, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.
  • Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant, the official "Celebrity/Public Figure" page for Admiral Allen, the 23rd Commandant of the Coast Guard, America’s oldest continuous seagoing service. The Coast Guard is at all times both a military and federal law enforcement service that guards the American public from all hazards and all threats.

Listservs, official and unofficial and inbetween

  • Coast Guard Social Media. For Coasties interested in social media, both officially and unofficially. This group is unofficial.

The Unofficial Coast Guard

Hooligan Navy Bloggers: Blogs from Coasties, past, present, and future

  • Brown Hound: Thoughts of a Father, Virginian, Mustang Coastie, conservative, Episcopalian, and dog lover: John Massingill.,
  • Coast Guard News, the best source for all your Coast Guard news; published by John Willis, a retired senior chief petty officer.
  • Force Majeure Farm gives us a unique perspective of life after the Coast Guard on a farm miles and miles from big water.
  • Friends of Webster, a blog from Webster Smith, a former cadet at the Coast Guard Academy.
  • Ideonexus. Ryan Somma's blog; Mr. Somma is a mild-mannered Software Developer at the Aviation Logistics Center by day and an Amateur Scientist Ninja by night.</li>
  • My Coast Guard Career. Connie Braesch has traveled the States for the past 14 years, going from coast to coast, and one amazing adventure to another. This is her blog, a place to hear stories about her experiences living the Coast Guard life, not only as a military officer but also as a small town Midwestern girl who left home to enlist in the United States Coast Guard.
  • Nicky's World. Blog from Nick Khamhou Dethoudom Chaleunphone, aka "Nicky," an Auxiliarist who hails from New Britain, CT, and serves with a flotilla out of West Haven, CT.
  • Notes Along the Elizabeth, Peter Stinson's observations of life along the shores of the Elizabeth River. One liner footnotes.
  • Steve's CrossFit Blog: CrossFit at the Coast Guard Academy. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1145. Lower Weight Room of Billard Hall or down on the track on the Lower Field.
  • UnderNews, the online report of the Progressive Review, edited by Sam Smith, who has covered Washington under nine presidents and edited alternative journals since 1964. The Review is an online journal and archive of alternative news. It has been on the web since 1995.
  • Brent's Blog, direct from Indiana University where BMC Brent Ferrantelli learning about Instructional Systems Technology.

Coast Guard Team Blogroll at Project Valour-IT Fundraiser - Coast Guard Team

Unofficial Websites for Coasties

  • CG Clips, Coast Guard videos filmed and edited by Coasties

The Historical Coast Guard

Coast Guard History

  • Guardian Spies, the Story of the U.S. Coast Guard and OSS in World War II; an oral history project in order to preserve the accurate, real-life stories of the heroic Coast Guard men who were attached to the OSS during World War II.
  • Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station. With its two stations and five outbuildings, Chicamacomico is the most complete site of remaining life-saving stations in North Carolina and, as far as is known, it is the most complete USLSS complex in the nation. This site is located on Hatteras Island in the village of Rodanthe on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Built and manned in 1874, Chicamacomico was the first United States Life-Saving Service station in North Carolina, dedicated to the sole purpose of rescuing lives in peril from the sea. After the U.S. Life-Saving Service evolved into the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915 this station saw service until 1954.
  • CGC STORIS Museum, all about efforts to preserve STORIS as a museum in Juneau, Alaska.</li>
  • 44ft Motor Lifeboats, dedicated to the remarkable 44' Motor Lifeboats, a boat in which her crew always had the confidence that she would bring them safely back to port. The 44' MLB was designed by the U.S. Coast Guard, with work starting on the prototype (USCG 44300) in April 1961, which was completed on the 9 March 1962. A total of 110, 44' MLB's were built for the U.S. Coast Guard, with the last boat (USCG 44409) being completed in 1972.</li>
  • Coast Guard Tug Association, a non-profit 501 C3 Veteran's organization located in Cleveland, Ohio, whose mission is to preserve the heritage and history of U.S. Coast Guard Tugs, and to continue the camaraderie and Esprit de Corps of those veterans who served in them.

Biographies of Famous (or Infamous) Coasties

  • Bruce E. Melnick. NASA Astronaut: Mission specialist on the Shuttle Discovery STS-41 (October 6-10, 1990) when the Ulysses spacecraft was deployed. He served as a flight engineer on STS-49 (May 7-16, 1992), which was the first flight of the Shuttle Endeavour. During that mission, astronauts rescued and repaired the Intelsat VI satellite. He as logged more than 300 hours in space.
  • Jacob Ferreira]. Politician and graduate of the internationally lauded United States Coast Guard Officer Candidate School (OCS) program.

Historical/Museum Coast Guard vessels

Other Historical Sites

  • Friends of Plum and Pilot Islands. Plum and Pilot Islands are nestled in the grips of Death's Door where the Bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan meet in a frequent fury. Plum Island was home to a small boat station and a light house; Pilot Island was home to a light house.

CGBlog Finds

A few of our finds from around the Internet. If you know of a blog that is worthy of a CGBlog Find, Coast Guard related or not, let us know by contacting us here.

Here are our CGBlog Finds, in the order found:

Professional Development for Coasties

Communities of Interest: Rates, Ratings, and Specialties

War Colleges and Senior Service School

  • Naval War College Fleet Seminar Program. Earn a master's degree from the Naval War College locally! Fleet seminars are held in Providence, Washington, Norfolk, Port Hueneme, San Diego, Jacksonville, Mayport, Pensacola, Pearl Harbor, Great Lakes, New Orleans, Annapolis, Fort Meade, Patuxent River, Millington, Fort Worth, Dahlgren, Bangor, Everett, and Whidbey Island.

Jim Dolbow's Recommended Reading

  • Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems, 15th Edition, Internationally acknowledged as the best one-volume reference to the world s naval and paranaval forces, this popular Naval Institute guide is both comprehensive and affordable. Updated biennially since 1976, it has come to be relied on for all-inclusive, accurate, and up-to-date data on the ships, navies, coast guards, and naval aviation arms of more than 180 countries and territories. Large fleets and small maritime forces get equally thorough treatment as evidenced in this new edition, which highlights major and even minor developments that could have an impact on the world scene. A thorough indexing of material and a logical ship-typing system make the book easy to use and allow quick comparisons between fleets.
  • Character in Action: The U.S. Coast Guard on Leadership: How does the U.S. Coast Guard create, instill, and maintain leadership throughout a 40,000 member force spread across the United States? A former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and a best-selling author combine their knowledge of the subject to offer a formula for success. Donald T. Phillips, who has written eight books on leadership, asserts that the Coast Guard is a superlative example of an organization with effective leadership, loaded with leaders at all levels. From a guardsman scraping barnacles off buoys in the Gulf of Mexico to the captain of a cutter in the Gulf of Alaska to the Commandant in Washington, they know exactly what leadership is, how it works, and why it is important. This case study in leadership uses the Coast Guard as an example for other organizations who want to imbue leadership to every single one of its members. An effective leadership beacon, the book is replete with tangible examples, vivid anecdotes, and explicit guidelines on how to instill leadership throughout an entire organization. Stories abound on Coast Guard efficiency, innovation, and heroism and many are used to illustrate the service's effectiveness and to engage the reader. From the military and government communities to the business world, a variety of organizations can benefit from this outstanding leadership guide.

Useful Information for Coasties

Fitness and Health Stuff for Coasties

  • Agatsu Newsletter. Leading the way in functional fitness: If you are looking for a workout that will burn fat, tone muscle and push your endurance through the roof then you have found it.
  • Charm City Kettlebells. Baltimore Maryland's Premier Kettlebell Classes. Get in your best shape ever and have fun doing it! Join Sandy Sommer, RKC, in the quest to get in shape the kettlebell way. Awesome trainer; awesome stuff.
  • Tidewater Kettlebell Club. For gireveks (kettlebell users) of all levels. RKC certified instructors from the area present at every session. Open to all girevaks in the Tidewater Area of Virginia and North Carolina or even just visiting.

Products, Services, and Other Stuff of Interest to Coasties

  • Coast Guard House Historic Inn, Mendocino Coast, Point Arena, California. Coast Guard House has stood on a bluff over-looking the rugged Mendocino Coast for over a hundred years. The inn, a 1901 Cape Cod, was once home to brave sea rescuers who performed their duties just a few hundred feet away. Today it is a peaceful bed and breakfast inn featuring rooms with fireplaces in the main building and two private cottages with fireplaces and whirlpool spas for two. All of the rooms are designed with simple elegance and surrounded by quiet solitude.
  • Coast Guard Exchange. Providing quality merchandise and services of necessity and convenience to Coast Guard men and women as well as authorized patrons at competitive prices.

Other Maritime Websites

  • National Mariners Association has a eight-year track record of standing up for mariner rights and asserting the health, safety and workplace issues. The National Mariners Association is an association of “lower-level” mariners working for mariners on tugs, towboats, offshore supply vessels, and small passenger vessels. The Association provides mariners with information about government rules and regulations and of general interest to our mariners that affect their jobs, licenses and merchant mariner documents.
  • MaritimeLinks Blog, a blog for the Maritime Community to get together and discuss what is going on in the shipping industry. Mates, Masters, Pilots, Engineers, Unlicensed crewmembers, Shoreside personnel, Company Owners, Investors, and anyone else interested in the Marine industry, ships, and international events. Run by Editors of
  • Nautical Mishaps, Maritime Calamities, a blog from Shirlaw News Group staffed by Dave Shirlaw of North Vancouver, BC, Canada, an authority on naval, maritime, and transportation matters.</li>
  • Red Right Returning, a weblog published by Douglas Gould and not affilitated with any towing company or membership network. Its just one guy's opinion.</li>
  • Wheelhouse Report, edited by Daniel J. Hubbell; information primarily for towboat mariners on the Mississippi River system and connecting waterways, including the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. Other professional mariners and the general public will find much of the content useful, especially as it pertains to the U.S. Coast Guard.</li></ul>

Veterans' Resources

  • Community of Veterans. A veterans-only online community to connect with people who know where you're coming from. Share your experiences and help others make the transition to civilian life. Stronger Together.
  • Project Valour-IT. Every cent raised for Project Valour-IT goes directly to the purchase and shipment of laptops and other technology for severely wounded service members. As of November 2008, Valour-IT has distributed over 2700 laptops to severely wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines across the country, and is now expanding its mission to include other technology that supports physical and psychological recovery.
  • Give an Hour. Our mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Our first target population is the U.S. troops and families who are being affected by the current military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. Give an Hour is asking mental health professionals nationwide to literally give an hour of their time each week to provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families. Research will guide the development of additional services needed by the military community, and appropriate networks will be created to respond to those needs. Individuals who receive services will be given the opportunity to give an hour back in their own community.

The International Coast Guard

Coast Guards and Maritime Police Agencies Around the World

Old, Outdated, and Dropped Sites and Blogs

  • CGR Yahoo! Group. Message traffic and other bits of interest for reservists and other members of Team Coast Guard who are unable to access SWIII on a regular basis. Active from June 1999 to October 2006. Searchable.
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