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...

Help the Coast Guard Help You

Help the Coast Guard Help You
Local free diver receives his dive float from Coast Guard crew February 5, 2020 in Honolulu.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo) HONOLULU – The Coast Guard returned a dive float to its owner, Thursday, after its recovery offshore last week. A local free diver lost his dive float and called the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center describing the float, when and where it was lost. The owner...

Coast Guard commissions Cutter Daniel Tarr in Galveston, Texas

Coast Guard commissions Cutter Daniel Tarr in Galveston, Texas
The Coast Guard Daniel Tarr is moored at Sector Field Office Galveston, Texas, during its commissioning ceremony Jan. 10, 2020. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sector Houston-Galveston Drone Team. HOUSTON — The Coast Guard held a commissioning ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter Daniel Tarr, the service’s 36th fast response cutter, at Coast Guard Sector Field Office Galveston, Texas, Friday. Vice...

The Last Ride out of Rocky Point: A Hurricane Florence Rescue

The Last Ride out of Rocky Point: A Hurricane Florence Rescue
A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter crew assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, evacuates residents from Rocky Point, North Carolina, Sept. 16, 2018, due to flooding caused by Hurricane Florence. Story and photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dustin Williams Rocky Point is a small village off North Carolina Highway 210, just 15 miles north of Wilmington. It’s home...

Coast Guard wraps up 2019 statewide inspection initiative in Alaska

Coast Guard wraps up 2019 statewide inspection initiative in Alaska
Petty Officer 3rd Class Shawn Keeman (right), an inspector on temporary duty for Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, prepares to inspect a fuel storage facility in Oscarville, Alaska, July 9, 2019. Keeman’s inspection was part of Sector Anchorage’s 2019 Marine Safety Task force initiative. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alyssa Zappe By Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn The area...

Spirit of Oregon adorns Coast Guard North Bend helicopters

Spirit of Oregon adorns Coast Guard North Bend helicopters
A member of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, looks up at the new tail art on an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at Coast Guard Sector North Bend in North Bend, Oregon Nov. 22, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector North Bend) North Bend, OR – Southern Oregon has been home to tribal nations of Native Americans long before America became known as “the...

Coast Guard members road from super yachts to Fast Response Cutters

Coast Guard members road from super yachts to Fast Response Cutters
Petty Officer 3rd Class Morgan Harnay has gone from being a deck officer on super yachts to being a machinery technician in the Coast Guard.  (Coast Guard photo courtesy of Sector Honolulu) For some people, joining any military branch is never really a choice. They’ve dreamt of putting on the uniform since before they can remember. Others, it may be just a way to get out of mom and dad’s house...