From civilian to Coast Guard leader

From civilian to Coast Guard leader
Seaman Brandon Gannon manages the small boat lowering detail as the only qualified boat deck captain aboard Coast Guard cutter Active, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll) By Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll Almost two years ago, 23-year-old Brandon Gannon lived at home in Reedsport, Oregon; finishing high school and preparing for college....

Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco reaches 100th life saved in 2017

Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco reaches 100th life saved in 2017
Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo by Lt. Matthew Udkow ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco personnel reached their 100th life saved in 2017, Nov. 12, when they medevaced a fisherman near Pescadero Point. “I am extremely proud of the hard work, training and dedication of the men and women of Air Station San Francisco,” said Capt....

Coast Guard Cutter Bear returns to Portsmouth after hurricane relief, marine resources protection mission

Coast Guard Cutter Bear returns to Portsmouth after hurricane relief, marine resources protection mission
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bear conducts a hurricane relief supply onload in Port Everglades, Florida, Oct. 4, 2017. From left to right is Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Fitzgerald, Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Stephens, Seaman Alexis Gove, Petty Officer 1st Class Ty Coulter, and Seaman Leon Ulrich. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christin Solomon) By Petty Officer 2nd Class Christin...

Coast Guard firearms instructor uses sharp eye, soft hand to train maritime law enforcers

Coast Guard firearms instructor uses sharp eye, soft hand to train maritime law enforcers
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Cassandra Kintzley, works to qualify Coast Guard members in weapons handling.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham. Story and photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham As the last bullets pierced the paper target, Cassandra Kintzley’s tight eyes eased, allowing her face to fall into a smile. She raised her arms and gently applauded. The...

Spouses to the rescue; Snacks on deck

Spouses to the rescue; Snacks on deck
NEW YORK – Lt. Justin Gear (left), Stephanie Parker (middle), and Cindi Smith (right) hold up the blue bags of care packages the New York Area Spouses Club put together for distribution, September 21, 2017.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Allyson E.T. Conroy.) by Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy New York – For the past seven decades New York City has played host to the country’s...

Coast Guard Academy gunner’s mate becomes double distinguished competitive shooter

Coast Guard Academy gunner’s mate becomes double distinguished competitive shooter
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Charlie Petrotto holds all of his awards in front of one of his targets at the 2016 Fleet Forces All Navy shooting competition. Courtesy photo. New London – While Monday is considered the worse day of the week, for Petty Officer 1st Class Charlie Petrotto it is just another day for him to get to do his favorite job and participate in his passion. As the armory...

Giving back to move forward

Giving back to move forward
Coast Guard Cmdr. Warren Judge, executive officer of Base Elizabeth City, North Carolina, poses for a photograph outside the command building on base, Aug. 10, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki) Elizabeth City, NC – If ever you enter the office of Coast Guard Cmdr. Warren Judge, he will most likely greet you not with a handshake, but with a fist bump. It...

Rhode Island Auxiliarist Arnie Geller wins boating safety educator award

Rhode Island Auxiliarist Arnie Geller wins boating safety educator award
Coast Guard Auxiliarists, Arnie Geller, of Warwick, Rhode Island has been named “Northern Region Educator of the Year” by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators. U.S. Coast Guard photo. by Reid Oslin, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary BOSTON – One of New England’s busiest Coast Guard Auxiliarists, Arnie Geller of Warwick, Rhode Island, has another honor to add to his long list...

Tracking mysterious oil in New Bedford Harbor

Tracking mysterious oil in New Bedford Harbor
Petty Officer 3rd Class John Northup takes a background sample in New Bedford Harbor, Massachusetts, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.   (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll) By Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll Home to Massachusetts’ historic whaling fleet and the largest fishing fleet in the country, New Bedford is also a popular New England tourist destination. Visitors...