A Call to Service

A Call to Service
Fireman Lonnie Taber with an Air Station Barbers Point MH-65 Dolphin helicopter on the flight deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756) off Hawaii, March 12, 2020.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew West) It was evening on the mess deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Kimball (WMSL 756), as Lt. Cmdr. Donald Stiker, the cutter’s engineer officer, looked sternly out at the...

Breaking waves: Coast Guard surfmen drive to close gender gap

Breaking waves: Coast Guard surfmen drive to close gender gap
Petty Officer 1st Class Victoria Hansen (right), Surfman #484 and an instructor at the National Motor Life Boat School in Ilwaco, Washington, operates a 47-foot Motor Life Boat in 2019 while training at Benson Beach near Cape Disappointment.  U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by Petty Officer 1st Class Victoria Hansen. By Petty Officer Cynthia Oldham While for decades the Coast Guard has permitted women...

New Flood Response Training Finishes Its Inaugural Course

New Flood Response Training Finishes Its Inaugural Course
Butlerville, IN – A glimpse of the flooded town that Coast Guard members walked into early this August. Pictured is the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC)’s flooded village, which includes flooded houses, vehicles, and street signs, awaits members who will use this environment to train for missions such as rescuing survivors from rooftops. (U.S. Coast Guard photo) By Shana Brouder Butlerville,...

Coast Guardsman recognized as Aerospace Control Alert Maintainer of the Year

Coast Guardsman recognized as Aerospace Control Alert Maintainer of the Year
Adm. Charles Ray, the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard and Deputy Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Rob Bushey recognized Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Anton, an avionics electrical technician as “Maintainer of the Year” for the Continental NORAD Region Aerospace Control Alert during a ceremony at the National Capital Region Air Defense Facility, Aug. 20, 2020. (U.S. Coast...

The Creed

The Creed
Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Preiser (surfman #535) operates a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat in the surf near Brookings, Oregon. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Bruce Beck Photography. Public Domain use approved by Mr. Bruce Beck) Years ago a visitor from Central Oregon stood on the Depoe Bay Bridge, which runs along the Pacific Coast Highway, otherwise known as State Highway 101. She looked out to see...

i911, helping the Coast Guard save lives

i911, helping the Coast Guard save lives
A demonstration of how the Coast Guard uses the i911 system in Boston, Massachusetts, May 4, 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole J. Groll) by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicole J. Groll First Coast Guard District command center crews, from Maine to Northern New Jersey, have a new tool to help distressed mariners come home to their families after being out to sea. The i911 program...

More than a Pin

More than a Pin
Petty Officers 2nd Class Enrique Lemos and Aaron Hadden receive their surfman pins during a small ceremony at Coast Guard Station Umpqua River April 1, 2020.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Umpqua River) Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read The call for assistance from the fishing vessel Brenna A had already come in, and the Coast Guard Station Umpqua River crews were preparing...

Coast Guard cutter corrals wayward buoy in Long Island Sound

Coast Guard cutter corrals wayward buoy in Long Island Sound
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oak (WLB-211) sits at anchor. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Emily E. Torsney. NEWPORT, Rhode Island – Built to guide mariners through safe waters, the Valiant Rock Lighted  Whistle Buoy 11 was dangerously adrift in the Long Island Sound. When ferry operators traveling between Orient Point and Fishers Island, New York, first reported the buoy off station on Jan. 17, the...

Legacy of Light: New Dungeness Light guides northwest mariners

Legacy of Light: New Dungeness Light guides northwest mariners
The New Dungeness Lighthouse has guided mariners the longest natural sand spit in the United States since 1857.  U.S. Coast Guard photo. SEQUIM, Washington – The New Dungeness Lighthouse has guided mariners around the longest natural sand spit in the United States since 1857. The storied beacon has welcomed mariners into the Puget Sound since it was first lit on Dec. 14, 1857, more than 30 years...