Coast Guard daughter awarded for Military Child of the Year

Coast Guard daughter awarded for Military Child of the Year
Co-authored by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse and Lt. Stephanie Young Juanita Collins is one busy teenager. She’s a class president, varsity volleyball captain, athlete-scholar, a capella singer, hospice volunteer and Sunday school teacher. She’s worked on projects with the Key Club, Relay for Life, food banks, Ronald McDonald House and Salvation Army. Amongst this dizzying array of school,...

US Coast Guardsman steps up to the challenge; commands US Navy unit

US Coast Guardsman steps up to the challenge; commands US Navy unit
Story by U. S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross, Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – It’s not something that happens very often in the U.S. Armed Forces, but the only Coast Guardsman at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, is also the only current Coast Guardsman to hold a command position of a U.S. Navy unit. “They live to drive boats, shoot guns and protect...

Two times the tradition

Two times the tradition
SEATTLE — There is an elite group of professionals within the Coast Guard who share an unbreakable bond. Each one has a name, a number and a story of intense dedication to the communities they serve. In the most treacherous of seas, in the roughest of conditions, each battles the elements to save others. They call themselves surfmen. Senior Chief Petty Officer Kevin J. Ziegler, officer in charge...

A night like any other

A night like any other
The night of July 30, 2013, was a night like any in the San Francisco Bay Area – foggy, with a high probability of low cloud ceilings. Those who know the area are well aware of the micro-climates and chilly fog layers that can overtake the Bay in a matter of minutes. Images of the city skyline and the twin stantions of the Golden Gate Bridge peering out through snow-like clouds are a common sight. Coast...

Illuminating the path ahead

Illuminating the path ahead
KEY WEST, Fla. – Christmas, the 4th of July and New Year’s are holidays that celebrate religion, America’s independence and new beginnings. These are the few, among many occasions, that remind Americans of their identities and recognizes the impact they continue to make in today’s society. Women’s History Month celebrates and honors women and the contributions they have made that...

Coast Guard family battles surf for 3 generations

Coast Guard family battles surf for 3 generations
Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn NEWPORT, Ore. — Within the U.S. Coast Guard is an elite community of boat operators who make up less than one tenth of one percent of the agency’s entire workforce. Called ‘surfmen’, these men and women operate boats in the most dangerous conditions allowed by the Coast Guard. Of the Coast Guard’s approximate 4,800 boatswain’s mates, only...

Female on Deck

Female on Deck
Throughout history, women have faced adversity and have overcome expectations set before them. Amelia Earhart flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Sacajawea guided and interpreted for the Lewis and Clark Expedition, Harriet Tubman led the Underground Railroad. Through their successes, women have continued to fight for equal rights and opportunities to demonstrate their value and contribute to society...

Key West Natives return to homeport

Key West Natives return to homeport
By Petty Officer 2nd Class Sabrina Laberdesque Key West – Children grow up aspiring to become astronauts, police officers and doctors. For some, the decision is hard to make. For others, the choice is easy -The decision to serve their country and be a part of a mission designed to safeguard its communities. Coast Guardsmen were all children at one time and have made the decision and commitment...

Strengthening partnerships for mission success

Strengthening partnerships for mission success
Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony L. Soto. In the world of emergency response, one can accurately infer that strong working relationships among all involved parties are crucial to mission success. The Coast Guard, being one of the nation’s top emergency response organizations, works with local agencies throughout the country every day in search and rescue operations, law enforcement...