Lighting the Islands

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa E. McKenzie Sometimes the only saving grace for mariners at sea is a single beacon of light emanating from the shore, a signal that has changed over time and continues to transform as technology evolves. From coastal bonfires of earlier times to energy-efficient bulbs of today, light has always served as an onshore beacon guiding ships to safety and...

The Coast Guard’s Best Kept Secret: ATON Island Style

by PA3 Michael De Nyse “I don’t remember seeing this on the recruiting poster,” exclaims Petty Officer 2nd Class Jose Gomera, as he reluctantly leaves the tranquil safety of his truck to unlock a rusty gate, allowing access to the lighthouse. Suddenly and with great haste, he slams the gate, locks it and races back to the truck, sweating much more than before. “Those bulls are not...