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Wrestling to his core

Story by: Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Moore Edited by: Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Stanton wres•tling noun: The sport or activity of grappling with an opponent and trying to throw or hold them down on the ground, typically according to […]


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Keeping Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin at the top of her game

Written by Lt. j.g. David Zwirblis and Chief Petty Officer James McDermott The Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin, located in Santa Barbara, California, performs a wide array of missions working for Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach. The ship’s primary focuses have been […]


Seaman Ryan Huber conducts surface swimmer training May 21, 2014.

The Barracuda Swimmer

Story by: Seaman Ryan Huber Edited/posted by: Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Stanton   My name is Ryan Huber; I am a seaman aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Barracuda. When I first arrived, I wrote about my experience in the […]


LT. Barron Lacy takes a free-throw shot in the 1st quarter of the Base Alameda instrumental basketball championship game, Thursday, April 4, 2014. Photo by PA3 Adam Stanton

Sports: A key to character

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Davenport, photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Stanton The word “contend” is used in a number of ways by members of the Coast Guard.  Some religious adherents contend for spiritual reward while lobbyists […]


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Rescuing the rescuer

Story and photos by PA3 Connie Terrell  On an average day, the U.S. Coast Guard conducts 109 search and rescue cases, saves 10 lives and assists 192 people in distress. But what happens when one of their own needs rescuing? […]


Sunrise over the San Francisco Bay as seen from Air Station San Francisco. (Coast Guard photo by LTJG Matthew Udkow)

Teamwork: Above, Below and Beyond

Story by Lt Marshall Burtt, Coast Guard Air Station San FranciscoThe sun was setting as the USS Shoup, a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke Class destroyer steamed toward San Francisco still more than 80 miles offshore.  A sailor on board was […]


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Coast Guard members celebrate Earth Day

Story and photos by Seaman Erika Lindquist For the past six years, local Coast Guard shipmates have come together to take care of Coast Guard Island by cleaning the shoreline and protecting the local marine environment.  Unfortunately, the geographic position […]


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America’s Volunteer Lifesavers – “Strong as an Aux”

Story by CDR DesaRae Janszen, D11 South Director of Auxiliary There we were.  It was December 7, 2013, a day that shall live in infamy, as team “Strong as an Aux” lined up in Malibu, Calif., to run the Malibu […]


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U.S. Naval Sea Cadets tour CGC Aspen

Story by Lt. j.g. Sapiano, photos by Chief Warrant Officer Sean Woodworth The rain was coming down in buckets and a cold wind was whipping across the San Francisco Bay, but that didn’t stop a dedicated group of Naval Sea […]


The commercial fishing vessel Kim Thanh, which grounded on Ormond Beach in Oxnard, Calif., March 14, 2014.

Grounded!

Story by Lt. Jeff Fry and Petty Officer 1st Class Carl Jehle Photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Wayne Alleyne  The successful rescue of a master and crew from a vessel hard-aground seldom marks the end of Coast Guard involvement […]


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