Coast Guard Aviation – Born at Kitty Hawk with the Wright Brothers

Coast Guard Aviation - Born at Kitty Hawk with the Wright Brothers
Coast Guard aviators have patrolled the nation’s skies for nearly 100 years, but it wasn’t the pilots who first helped get the airplane off the ground. On a stretch of empty sand in the Outer Banks of North Carolina 111 years ago, a group of surfmen from Life-Saving Station Kill Devil Hills guarded the shore near the town of Kitty Hawk. The surfmen lived hidden away between the Atlantic Ocean...

Celebrating family in a time of thanks

Celebrating family in a time of thanks
Story and photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen Atlantic City – When you ask a couple how they met, you don’t really expect them to say, “Pole vaulting,” but that’s exactly how Nate and Emma Rhodes became friends. Emma studied Fine Arts and Architecture at Connecticut College, across the street from the Coast Guard Academy where Nate was a cadet. Emma’s school wasn’t equipped...

Selfless service: Hampton Roads Coast Guard members volunteer

Selfless service: Hampton Roads Coast Guard members volunteer
Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn People who volunteer improve the lives of others in obvious ways. Recipients of community service efforts gain something tangible: a hot meal, a home improvement, funding or staffing where resources are lacking or nonexistent. Homeless veterans, single-parent families, environmental organizations and non-profit groups succeed when volunteers...

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