Author Jill Laster

We wrote in July about a new reality show featuring Coast Guardsmen from Air Station Kodiak, Alaska. The trailer for the Weather Channel show – which debuts Nov. 9 – is now online. Check out the trailer here: You can read more about the show – and learn about the Coasties featured on “Coast Guard Alaska” – at the Weather Channel’s website for the show.

If you are into Coast Guard trivia and don’t mind answering in the form of a question, check out the “Jeopardy” Clue of the Day today. The question: “The Coast Guard looks out for the smuggling of drugs and people in this practice, from the Old French for ‘to forbid.'” If you want to know the answer, watch Friday’s Jeopardy or pick up a Saturday copy of the New York Times. Or, if you’re impatient,  you could just do some Googling. (A side note – For Navy/Civil War buffs, Wednesday’s clue could be fun: “By the end of 1862, this…

History nerds, take note: Your next tour of duty can include such old-school naval skills as furling sails and long-gun drills. The Navy is looking for sailors to serve aboard the frigate Constitution — the world’s oldest commissioned warship that’s still afloat — in a number of career fields, the service announced in a NAVADMIN released Tuesday. Constitution is permanently stationed right outside Boston and receives more than half a million visitors every year, including a number of foreign heads of state and other senior officials, according to the Navy. Sailors aboard Constitution learn a number of naval skills, including…

The Naval and Coast Guard academies — as you might expect — aren’t the first colleges to consider when you’re looking for a party school. But alongside ranking high as a “stone-cold sober” school in this year’s Princeton Review rankings, the two academies got high marks for accessible professors, low marijuana use and “running like butter” (meaning administration works well). On the not-so-good end: The Naval Academy ranked seventh for “least happy students” of the 376 U.S. schools included in this year’s rankings and 14th for “dorms like dungeons.” The Coast Guard Academy placed similarly, ranking fourth for “least happy…

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