Coast Guard honors top enlisted members of 2016

Coast Guard honors top enlisted members of 2016
The 2016 Enlisted Persons of the Year pose for a photo with the 2015 Enlisted Persons of the Year following the 2016 Coast Guard Enlisted Persons of the Year Banquet at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., Thursday, May 11, 2017. From left: Petty Officer 1st Class Evan Ward, 2015 EPOY — Active-Duty Component; Seaman Gregory W. Jacquet, 2016 EPOY — Active-Duty Component; Chief Petty Officer Nicole K....

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...

Keeping the Coast Guard in flight

Keeping the Coast Guard in flight
by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn When people hear about the Coast Guard, they may think about boats, helicopters and the crews who drive and fly them in dangerous conditions. Some may envision a rescue swimmer, dangling from a cable, a person operating a boat in 20-foot breaking waves, or a pilot holding a helicopter in a perfect hover while the crew hoists a survivor in hurricane-force winds. All...

Coast Guard trains boatcrews in underwater egress

Coast Guard trains boatcrews in underwater egress
Elizabeth City – The Coast Guard implemented underwater egress training July 2013 at the Coast Guard Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., aimed at increasing a member’s survivability in the event of a small boat capsizing. The training stems from a mishap in 2005, where a Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 25-foot Response Boat – Small capsized while...

Coast Guard Aviation Technical Training Center hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for new facility

Coast Guard Aviation Technical Training Center hosts ribbon-cutting ceremony for new facility
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the completion of the new Rescue Swimmer Training Facility in Elizabeth City, N.C., Wednesday. The new facility incorporates a larger pool as well as an Underwater Modular Egress Trainer where Coast Guard aircrew and response boat crewmembers will train to escape a ditched aircraft or capsized vessel. “The new pool will...

Keeping the Coast Guard Airborne

In today’s world it has become quite normal to view jobs that require using your hands or getting them dirty as undesirable. There seems to be a collective dismissing of the importance and merit of manual labor. Skilled tradesmen not only afford us basic comforts, their talents can save lives. In the world of maritime rescue and security, there are few people more valuable to have around than a Coast...