USCG Protects our Ports Waterways Coastal Security

USCG Protects our Ports Waterways Coastal Security

USCG Protects our Ports Waterways Coastal Security

United States Coast Guard shirts and designs have been created for the Amazing Guardsmen of the USCG!


Harbor Master Port Authority PWCS All American Detect Intercept Interdict

The Ports Waterways Coastal Security Harbor Master USCG Shirt design at can be found at

The Ports Waterways Coastal Security Harbor Master USCG Shirt created for Coasties and one of the 11 major mission types the USCG focuses in when conducting operations all over the world PWCS. Even though the smallest of the United States military branches, the US Coast Guard no less has some of the finest men and women in uniform working extremely hard each and every day helping to protect our shorelines, harbors, sea lanes with their incredible skills and talents.  Detect Intercept Interdict!
PWCS, one of the many roles the USCG performs involves the employment of awareness activities including; counterterrorism, antiterrorism, preparedness and response operations; and the establishment and oversight of a maritime security regime.  PWCS also includes the national defense role of protecting military outload operations.
This USCG design was created specifically for those involved in PWCS activities both active duty, reserve, retirees and veterans alike.




Coast Guard Breaks the Ice for North Pole

Coast Guard Breaks the Ice for North Pole

USCGC Polar Sea

Break The Ice!

Ever thought what it might be like to serve aboard a USCG ship sitting on hundreds of miles of ice shelf with only a forward gear to propel you through the waters of the North Pole?

The Coast Guard and its guardsmen have done it.

On this 20th anniversary “The Coast Guard icebreaker CGC Polar Sea and the CCCS Louis S. Ste Laurent became the first “North American surface ships” to reach the North Pole.

An HH-65A from Aviation Training Center Mobile, detached to the Polar Sea, became the first U.S. (and also Coast Guard) helicopter to reach the pole as well.” This occurred in 1994!

What Is The Polar Sea?

Polar-class icebreakers USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10)USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11) are heavy icebreakers operated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

These cutters, specifically designed for open-water icebreaking, have reinforced hulls, special icebreaking bows, and a system that allows rapid shifting of ballast to increase the effectiveness of their icebreaking.

The vessels conduct Arctic and Antarctic research and are the primary icebreakers that clear the channel into McMurdo Station for supply ships. All are homeported out of Seattle, Washington.” (Source: Wikipedia)


Here is the largest ice breaking party in the world!

Breaking ice 13 to 15 feet in depth.

Top 10 Custom Coast Guard T-Shirts at VSW

Top 10 Custom Coast Guard T-Shirts at VSW

Top 10 Custom Coast Guard T-Shirts at VSW

What is .  .  . 

Top 10 Custom Coast Guard T-Shirts at VSW ?

Quicker than the Goddess Nike?

Driven by molten steel?

Hammered with the force of a battalion of fire breathing horses?

It’s the most geographically prepared military branch in the US arsenal: The United States Coast Guard!


Here are the TOP 10 Custom USCG Designs from VSW

(As determined by Frost Call, Sarge Strike and Webmaster Matt, arguing for a while about which ones are the coolest. It’s all very scientific!)

10. USCG Sector Long Island Sound


The backbone of the United States Coast Guard are the Chiefs! The Chiefs train and lead the Guardsmen and their messes are the meeting places where decisive decisions are made about their commands, their cutters and crews and the personnel that serve as US Guardsmen. Sector Long Island Mess for the USCG Chief’s asked for a custom design that had colorful elements including the single most identifying element: The anchors of the Chief, Senior Chief and Master Chief!



Trivia Time!

Was the USCG in Operation Iraqi Freedom?


Ever seen a sand Scorpion at the bow of a US Coast Guard boat? This colorful shirt displays a concept VSW created during OIF.

The United States Coast Guard has also served in Afghanistan.  The mission of the Raid Team is extremely important.

The U.S. Coast Guard’s RAID in Afghanistan. 

8. Station Portsmouth Chesapeake Bay


Deter. Protect. Save. A design created for USCG Station Portsmouth! Blue Crabs were in season!

7. Station Grand Isle


Created for the men and women of the USCG stationed at Grand Isle. Wanting elements of the storm, Lousiana, the Flir De Lis, motor life boats and life saver with station named emblazoned on it this group of Guarsdmen wanted a custom USCG shirt design specifically for them.

6. Atlantic Beach, NC


Lifesavers of the Crystal Coast! The USCG complement of Guardsmen made this Coast Guard design one of the year with the details like the Fort Macon lighthouse, Cape Lookout, Nautical compasses and maps along with the rates for Boatswain’s Mate and Enginemen!

5. Anchoring The Gulf Coast


Remember the Deepwater Horizon accident? Miles upon miles of Gold Coast Cleanup where the United States Coast Guard provided the most essential personnel and equipment to wage war on a fiery sub oceanic oil well blazing fire and spewing oil and devastation! The US Coast Guard asked for a custom shirt design that would help keep the morale of the hours of hours of no sleep while the pressure to put out the fire and do everything possible to stop the consuming oil spill. This design became one of the most popular and well known design throughout the USCG.

4. USCG Grand Isle


The US Coast Guard Cutter Grand Isle, a powerful and important asset within the US Coast Guard arsenal requested a custom design for their ship and crew.

3. Harriet Lane Cutter


Detect. Intercept. Interdict. The crew aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane requested a design that illustrated her bow, with crossed M-4’s, and its pursuit of a fast boat.

(Source: Wikipedia)

2. Guardians of the Graveyard


The Cape Hatteras lighthouse, the graveyard of the Atlantic, where ships are strewn about the floor of the ocean’s depths. These wrecks attempted to make landfall amidst the terryifying storms of the deep Atlantic.

All these elements and the navigational maps are displayed on this USCG rescuers t-shirt.

1. Kodiak Bear Charger


Kodiak Facts:

    • Settled by Russians in 1792
    • Sixth largest city in Alaska
    • Average annual rainfall 74.2 inches
    • Average annual snowfall 84.5 inches
    • Home of the largest Coast Guard Base
    • 252 air miles southwest of Anchorage
    • Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge —2491 square miles
    • Second largest island in the United States
    • Home of the Kodiak brown bear the worlds largest carnivore


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Guide To Military Business Ethics How to Navigate Successfully

Guide To Military Business Ethics How to Navigate Successfully

Guide To Military Business Ethics How to Navigate Successfully

Guide To Military Business Ethics How to Navigate Successfully.  For years now the United States military has adopted an attitude of becoming more business like in its course of doing business whether with government contractors or working with Uncle Zeb’s Snake Oil and Coin company right outside the main gate to their various military bases and installations.

Core Values!

Moral high ground

In the course of doing business over the last 7 years I have seen a growth of changes that appear to get rated at what I would define as a C- grade point average in terms of the attitude, honesty and integrity of those who have expressed a desire for products and services spanning from challenge coins to custom unit designs for military shirts and apparel. I am not proud to write this because I love our men and women in uniform but sometimes you have to express yourselves in a way to gain clarity and reach others who feel the same way we do: Integrity and core values need to be taken seriously again!

Where We Have Lost Our Way!

The generation of American we call the “Greatest Generation” were the sons and daughters of the American Depression. They knew and understood sacrifice and what it meant to not know where their next meal would come from. They had to burn their wooden fences to get enough heat into their homes so they would not freeze during the long winter months. They could buy a steak for 5 cents with all the trimmings but the only problem no one had 5 cents. They played outside in the Summer and they learned how simple life could be when its focus was just living without the distractions of television and consumerism, music that had no soul and might as well had been written by a computer, arrogant tattoo wielding sports professionals (when they start acting like professionals maybe we can then start labeling them as such) who are paid insane amounts of money, and were not constantly exposed to thousands of advertising messages on a daily basis. They worked as hard as possible to support their families, when work was available, and they knew that the core responsibility was to the family, their brothers, their sisters, their mothers and fathers. These children grew up to fight against Nazi Germany and the Empire Of Japan and quelled these world usurping foreign governments. And when the fighting stopped and they received their papers to return home they did so and they did the same thing their parents did, they worked, they loved their children and they raised their families.

When this generation of Americans did business they could do so on a handshake!

Where Are The Ethics Today?

Chasing the American Dream in my humble opinion has been shattered! As rough statement as it may sound we have all been giving our marching orders to chase the almighty dollar but in doing so we are losing respect for ourselves because we no longer ask the question “Are we doing it correctly? Are we doing it right? Am I acting morally correct?” Instead these respectable statements they have been replaced with “What do I get out of it?, “I am not going to promise anything!, Let’s take their art and work and send it to someone else and not say a word!, Oh I didn’t know I was copying your art? These morally reprehensible statements show a state of decline in the morality of business ethics in some corners of our military. Why are these questions stated here? Cause they happen and have been the reply to any number of questions often asked when trying to do the best job possible for a military unit coordinator or someone in need of services.

The bigger question as to why some members of our military act or think this way perhaps might be that they do not understand or do not know better. We cannot say for sure but someone needs to have their ass kicked now and again and get back on track acting with integrity verses this shifting of morality to let’s get by or screw them and try and not get caught concept.

Morality and ethics is not a highly populated college set of coursework but for those that missed that day in school here is a simple truth and to stick by this really is all you need.

“Do what you say and say what you do!” Even if the truth is harder than the lie take the high road and accept responsibility for your word and actions and expect the same from others. It is pretty simple.

Military Ethical Responsibility

Outside Influences!

Again our military has more responsibility than ever to interact with civilian businesses and has to navigate through a quagmire of red time both on their side of the house as well as the rules within the civilian world. Coupled with the desire to make a buck or save a buck and we enter into what has seen recently as the Wild Wild West!

Military units that seek out one company or another from challenge coins to shirts are faced with many obstacles. Who can get the job done? How do I know I am getting a good deal? Am I going to get screwed if I use these guys? How will this look when I get what I ordered?

These are all good and relevant questions. Sadly the person on the other end of an email may or may not know what they are doing, is looking to do whatever it takes to get your money, may not be able to deliver the quality they advertise or cheat by stealing the art and graphics of another company and advertise it as their own. This plus some people who copy off the internet a piece of artwork they like and send to a company who did produce it and ask them to copy opens up another Pandora’s Box and ethical storm of controversy.

Many companies that do not possess integrity will copy any art that comes at them from any direction and could care less if it belongs to someone else. This in simple terms is called stealing! It is also called copyright infringement and don’t think for a second you are harmless and not impacted. You are!

They have no right to produce it and when they accept it and print with it they are putting our military in harm’s way because they will throw you under the bus the first chance they get claiming that you took responsibility of its ownership when you sent it to them in the first place. Believe me its not worth losing a stripe over it, getting gigged or having the IG call you for a sit down.


Working in an ethical manner is easier than it might seem and it really boils down to simple communicating. Be better than the rest and communicate with the business you intend to work with. Ask questions. Learn and work together because collaboration will produce the best results. Below is a short list of time saving ideas for producing the best results when working with outside companies that are interested in working with you.

1. Communicate. Communicate. Communicate!

2. Be prepared to finish what you start.

3. Is it your artwork? If you found it on the internet and it’s not yours then locate the company that produced it. They might turn out to be able to produce what you are after faster and at a reduced cost since the art is already done.

4. Copyright infringement is unethical. Don’t do it. Think about it and then think about it again. Copying some else’s art leads to controversy and pitting two companies against one another and throwing you into the middle of an avoidable situation  and setting into motion a series of actions all that result in unpleasantness for all concerned. Don’t put yourself in the middle of a firefight. Avoid it and do the right thing. If you like the art don’t copy it. Ask for permission to use it or ask the company to provide a quote. This is the right thing to do.

5. Cost is one thing but quality is something completely different. Savings does come at a cost. Let’s face it. You want to save money? Sure. But don;t think for a minute that just because you are saving 50 cents on  a shirt for your unit it means you are getting a good product. Often it means you will not. You wouldn’t think twice about spending money on a 5 dollar cup of coffee but you will complain about spending 50 cents more on a custom designed military shirt that will last you for years. Think about.

6. Go with quality over cost every time! It is actually less expensive to get quality if it means your fundraising is successful or the likelihood of selling all the items is improved verses having left overs still sitting in a box a year later. Who wants that? No one.

7. Don’t run away with the sketch! Taking the art down the road and stopping all communication with the company you contacted to have work done is unethical. Remember you contacted them and saw value in what they do. Let them complete their work and get it done correctly and above board for you. They are there to help so let them do what you asked them to do. If something comes up and you don’t understand then simply ask questions and communicate!

8. Remember the demands of art and production are not a simple thing. Dates can change, art can take time and really good art can take longer so be patient and keep the lines of communication open!

9. Above all things if your intention is to kick a tire and try something out and you start a project then be prepared to finish it! This isn’t about getting one over on someone else. It isn’t about getting a quality product or getting something for nothing. It is about acting and behaving as adults and working together to get the very best and crossing the finish line together successfully.

United States Coast Guard Adopts Kodiak Bear

United States Coast Guard Adopts Kodiak Bear

United States Coast Guard Adopts Kodiak BearVSWA184 USCG Kodiak Bear-v

United States Coast Guard Adopts Kodiak Bear . Since the inception of the United States Coast Guard, and prior to that the Revenue Cutter Service, there has always been a connection between the United States Coast GuardUSCG and mascots often a variety of breeds of dogs manning lighthouses with their Guardsman or on board a US Coast Guard Cutter. Never really has there been a specific mascot or identity with a type of animal until more recently.

The United States Coast Guard Academy, located in New London is the hub of training for our men and women that wear the uniform of the United States Coast Guard and as the cornerstone of USCG training has already made a strong connection with the Kodiak Bear as evidenced by the USCG racing stripe displayed on the paw print of this amazing animal.


Now that the Kodiak has begun to see more of a connection throughout the smallest branch of the US military it is becoming more widely accepted and not just in places like Air Station Kodiak!

(Source: – “Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak is a Seventeenth Coast Guard District(D17) unit on beautiful Kodiak Island approximately 250 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. The Air Station was commissioned as an Air Detachment April 17, 1947, with one PBY Catalina aircraft, seven pilots, and 30 crewmen. It represented the first permanent Coast Guard aviation resource in Alaska. The Air Station is the major tenant of Coast Guard Base Kodiak. It is the largest Coast Guard command in D17 and the entire Pacific Area (PACAREA). The present complement of HC-130Hs, MH-60Ts, MH-65Ds aids in completing our mission and saving lives.”

Now that the USCG has begun the adoption of its very new mascot, the Kodiak Bear, it is becoming highly recognized as a force to be recognized with when it comes to its mission types and roles from drug interdiction to search and rescue.

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