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...

Two times the tradition

Two times the tradition
SEATTLE — There is an elite group of professionals within the Coast Guard who share an unbreakable bond. Each one has a name, a number and a story of intense dedication to the communities they serve. In the most treacherous of seas, in the roughest of conditions, each battles the elements to save others. They call themselves surfmen. Senior Chief Petty Officer Kevin J. Ziegler, officer in charge...

Coast Guard family battles surf for 3 generations

Coast Guard family battles surf for 3 generations
Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn NEWPORT, Ore. — Within the U.S. Coast Guard is an elite community of boat operators who make up less than one tenth of one percent of the agency’s entire workforce. Called ‘surfmen’, these men and women operate boats in the most dangerous conditions allowed by the Coast Guard. Of the Coast Guard’s approximate 4,800 boatswain’s mates, only...

From the Bridge Wing 10-31-2013

From the Bridge Wing 10-31-2013
Today in Coast Guard History 1984 – The tanker Puerto Rican exploded outside of San Francisco Bay. Coast Guard units responded. 1991 – During an extremely severe winter storm Coast Guard Cutter Tamaroa rescued four of five Air National Guard crewmen from an ANG H-60 that had ditched south of Long Island due to fuel exhaustion (the fifth crewman, a pararescue jumper, was never found). Tamaroa...