Boatswains among birds — the secret salts of Elizabeth City

Boatswains among birds — the secret salts of Elizabeth City
A view of Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina’s, boathouse, March 10, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn) Elizabeth City, NC – Perhaps the best kept boat station secret in the Mid-Atlantic region lies nestled within the largest Coast Guard facility in the country, at Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City in Eastern North Carolina. Coast Guard Station Elizabeth...

Collaboration and Wealth of Experience Brought Together in Key West

Partners from the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative’s (CBSI) Technical Assist Field Team (TAFT) gather for photo aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter William Trump following an exchange in Key West, Fla. Story and photos by: Lt. Cmdr. Ryan P. Kelley When it comes to combating transnational criminal organizations in the Caribbean and securing America’s borders, the cooperation with partner nations...

Cadets give facelift to Coast Guard fleet

Cadets give facelift to Coast Guard fleet
Cadet Jennifer Haley and Cadet Samuel Park discuss the design process of their naval architecture capstone project at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Official U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Barger. By Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Barger NEW LONDON, Conn. – A group of cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy are working on designs to replace some of the oldest ships in...

Frigid flying: Coast Guard aircrews take on New England Winter

Frigid flying: Coast Guard aircrews take on New England Winter
Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod’s MH-60 Jayhawk aircrew prepares to take off in Massachusetts, Jan. 19, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll) By Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll Freezing rain? Teeth-chattering temperatures? Limited visibility? Coast Guard aircrews are still ready to fly. At Air Station Cape Cod, aviation maintenance and electronic...

Coast Guard rescue swimmers gear up against frigid New England conditions

Coast Guard rescue swimmers gear up against frigid New England conditions
Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Munk, an aviation survival technician, walks in full cold weather gear on the tarmac of Air Station Cape Cod in Massachusetts on Jan. 19, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Nicole J. Groll) By Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll Water temperature: 39 degrees. Air temp: 36 degrees. A stiff wind was in the air; “it’s going to be a cold one,” thought...

In the zone: ‘Another life saved’

In the zone: ‘Another life saved’
EASTERN PACIFIC OCEAN – A small boat departs the Coast Guard Cutter Sherman with a boarding team aboard in response to a panga approaching the cutter, Jan. 13, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo Chief Warrant Officer Allyson E.T. Conroy) Story by Chief Warrant Officer Allyson E.T. Conroy Maritime tradition is steeped in superstition. No whistling on the bridge of a ship in case you whistle up a storm....

What’s the frequency, Shuey?

What’s the frequency, Shuey?
Petty Officer 1st Class William Shuey works at Coast Guard Station Washington, D.C., to support radio communication during the 2017 Presidential Inauguration. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn) by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn “Have you seen Shuey?” “Somebody call Shuey.” “Better check with Shuey!” An hour in the downtown Portsmouth, Virginia,...

Think Auxiliary! How America’s volunteer life-saving service is stepping up its operational roles

Think Auxiliary! How America's volunteer life-saving service is stepping up its operational roles
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony L. Soto   Teamwork is an essential part of emergency response for the men and women of Coast Guard Sector Charleston, South Carolina. Between Myrtle Beach and Brunswick, Georgia, Coast Guard crews work hand in hand with local, state and other federal agencies to carry out their various missions. One such agency not only shares a common bond with the Coast Guard,...

How to get away with using corrosive ammo during periods of ammo shortages

How to get away with using corrosive ammo during periods of ammo shortages
As a new administration takes over the executive branch, political uncertainty will drive gun owners to be looking to buy up as many firearms and munitions as they can in light of possible new legislation. Known affectionately in the gun community as ban-panic (or “banic”), the phenomenon tends to dry up conventional ammunition supplies from domestic manufacturers, forcing many to buy surplus...