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My Coast Guard
Commentary | Sept. 10, 2020

Notes From Master Chief Bushey

By Excerpts from Master Chief Bushey's senior enlisted newsletter

Heart of the Service – August Night Orders from the Chief of Cutter Forces

This month we celebrated the creation of the Light House and Revenue Marine Services and in this installment of the night orders, we are recognizing the history of the Coast Guard Ensign. First use of the term "cutter" in official U.S. documents we found is within the August 4, 1790 Tariff Act, however, they were often referred to as "boats"... "Customs barges with Sails"..."armed vessels" or "revenue enforcement boats." In the Customs Administration Act of March 2, 1799 which authorized the creation of the Ensign our vessels were formally referred to as cutters and there unto after as such. It was not until 1894 that the Revenue Marine Service was renamed the Revenue Cutter Service. For more information read about the Coast Guard Ensign in the Night Orders.

Deck Plate Outreach
(POC:  Master Chief Paul Kingsbury, U.S. Navy, retired)

Wanted to pass a recent enlisted-focused outreach and awareness tool a retired Coast Guard member developed for U.S. Naval Institute. This link will take you to a page where you can subscribe to receive monthly updates highlighting USNI topics and resources of interest to enlisted naval professionals while highlighting their accomplishments in the forum. This first one coincided with the USCG focused issue of Proceedings and highlights a few Coast Guard authors.  DeckPlateOutreach