Former Commandant Admiral James Gracey Passes Away

Former Commandant Admiral James Gracey Passes Away
Admiral James S. Gracey,  Commandant of the Coast Guard 1982-1986. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Washington, DC – Admiral James Steele Gracey, USCG (retired), 17th Commandant of the Coast Guard, who passed away on Sunday, 05 April 2020, in Falls Church, VA, at the age of 92. Born in Newton, Massachusetts in 1927, ADM Gracey graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1949. ADM Gracey was...

Coast Guard, American Red Cross host blood drive in Alameda

Coast Guard, American Red Cross host blood drive in Alameda
The Coast Guard Base Alameda commander, Capt. Jose Pena, donates blood at an American Red Cross event for military personnel at Base Alameda, Calif., April 7, 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Giles) SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard partnered with the American Red Cross Tuesday to host a blood donation event for military personnel at Coast Guard Island in Alameda. Twenty-eight...

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton returns home after 80-day patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton returns home after 80-day patrol
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton returned home to Charleston after completing an 80-day patrol throughout the Eastern Pacific Ocean April 5, 2020.  U.S. Coast Guard photo. CHARLESTON, S.C. – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton returned home Sunday to Charleston after completing an 80-day patrol throughout the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The crew offloaded $324 million worth of cocaine...

Coast Guard oversees disembarkation of 250,000 from cruise ships

Coast Guard oversees disembarkation of 250,000 from cruise ships
A Coast Guard Station Miami Beach boat crew escorts the cruise ship Costa Favolosa cruise ship tender to shore March 30, 2020.  U.S. Coast Guard photo. WASHINGTON – The cruise ships Zaandam and Rotterdam have offloaded more than 1,200 passengers in Port Everglades, Fla. These developments, combined with one remaining disembarkation being coordinated, represents the processing of more than 120 vessels...

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 graduates newest enlisted members; rescheduling inbound recruits amid COVID-19

Coast Guard graduates newest enlisted members; rescheduling inbound recruits amid COVID-19
CAPE MAY – Today the U.S. Coast Guard announced it will graduate 64 new recruits from the 8-week program at Training Center Cape May, N.J., but will reschedule shipment of new recruits to bootcamp as it adapts to the COVID-19 emergency. The graduates will be heading to cutters, stations, and other Coast Guard units on the front line of Coast Guard operations. Of the graduates, 58 are Active Duty...

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton departs for Eastern Pacific counter-narcotic patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton departs for Eastern Pacific counter-narcotic patrol
Coast Guard Cutter Stratton file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Garrett Raitt ALAMEDA, California – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL-752) got underway from Coast Guard Island Saturday for a months-long deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean, where the crew will patrol international waters off Central and South America to intercept and deter drug trafficking efforts. The cutter...

Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay highlights its first all-female helicopter crew

Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay highlights its first all-female helicopter crew
Lt. Audra Forteza, Lt. j.g. Rachel Seaman, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawna Moeschler stop for a photograph following Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay’s first all-female helicopter crew flight. MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay is highlighting their first all-female helicopter crew in celebration of Women’s History Month, Saturday. According to Women In Aviation International,...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returns home from Operation Deep Freeze 2020

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returns home from Operation Deep Freeze 2020
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star makes the final approach to moorings at Base Seattle, Wednesday, March 25.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Michael Clark) SEATTLE — The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returned Wednesday to their homeport of Seattle following a 123-day deployment to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2020. This mission marks the Polar...