Keeping mariners safe on the Northwest’s high desert

Keeping mariners safe on the Northwest's high desert
Story and photos by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley. Imagine being recently out of basic training and new to a unit. Its early morning and you find yourself harnessed in cliffside conducting maintenance on a navigational aid when you are greeted by the sound of hundreds of small leathery wings. For Fireman Abby Hamann that experience defined her first visit to the Snake River. “I was up on this...

New Jersey Coast Guard ready for colder air, water temps

New Jersey Coast Guard ready for colder air, water temps
When a call for help is relayed to a Coast Guard station watchstander, the duty crew must have a response boat launched in less than 30 minutes. Before a Coast Guard boat leaves the pier, the crew must learn where they need to go, gear-up, warm the boat’s engine, and verbally assess the risk of their mission. Coast Guard responders are efficient in ensuring a quick response to a call for help, a...

New meals making their way onto Coast Guard plates

New meals making their way onto Coast Guard plates
by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony L. Soto Meat sizzles on the stove; boiling vegetables are monitored closely. Spices add zest to a side dish; the aroma of newly baked bread hangs in the air. Fruits are sliced carefully- soon to be part of a pudding. The kitchen is a space where all one’s senses work at the same time. Along with music, dancing, and art, cooking is one of the cultural universals...

The Old Coast Guard Station, visage of a bygone age

The Old Coast Guard Station, visage of a bygone age
by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert Along Atlantic Ave, nearly lost in the shade of nearby hotels, the Old Coast Guard Station Museum in Virginia Beach stands watch over the very same stretch of ocean as it did when it was built more than 100 years ago. Things have changed since those early days — the Life-Saving Service was joined with the Revenue Cutter Service to form the U.S. Coast Guard...

Haunted Hull: Coast Guard Cutter Taney

Haunted Hull: Coast Guard Cutter Taney
The Coast Guard Cutter Taney shines in all its glory in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as “the last survivor of Pearl Harbor,” but it has a darker story to tell – the ship may still carry souls aboard. The Taney’s story begins Oct. 24, 1936, when the ship was commissioned at the Philadelphia Navy yard. Shortly after being commissioned, the Taney was moved to its first homeport in Honolulu. There,...

Video: Coast Guard saves man attempting to ‘walk’ to Bermuda in a bubble

Video:  Coast Guard saves man attempting to 'walk' to Bermuda in a bubble

Washington-based Coast Guardsman soars at Airman Leadership School

Washington-based Coast Guardsman soars at Airman Leadership School
They drive boats, pilot aircraft, fix engines and maintain hulls. They enforce laws, troubleshoot issues, prepare meals and perform administrative tasks. They defend the nation, protect the environment and save lives. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Whitney Jackson poses for a photo in front of the MFPU Bangor office, July 25, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer) Coast...

Freedom fighter, firefighter, friend: An Oso resident’s call to serve

Freedom fighter, firefighter, friend: An Oso resident's call to serve
In the midst of an old growth forest about 50 miles northeast of Seattle in Snohomish County, the town of Oso, Washington is a small, close-knit, blue-collar community. Less than 300 people live in Oso, and none of them could have imagined the impact that the events of the morning of March 22, 2014 would have on their lives; or how it would bring the community together through tragedy. A nearby hillside...

Make-A-Wish hero saves the weekend

Make-A-Wish hero saves the weekend
Elizabeth City – The Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter banked hard, flying around the last reported location of the distressed swimmer. The eyes of the helicopter crew were glued to the water, searching for any sign of splashing or movement. The crew’s newest member, Isaac Simmons started pointing and yelling over the headset. “I see him! I see him,” shouted Simmons as he spotted...