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Chasing a dream

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell Listening to the helicopter’s rotor blades slice through the night sky while watching his feet dangle above the turbulent water, the words “never quit,” repeated over and over in his head. Never […]


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Cutter Boutwell’s crew stretches their sea legs

Story By: LTJG Andrew Gavelek ALAMEDA, Calif. — The crew of the San Diego-based Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell stretched their sea legs, hosting a 5- and 10-kilometer race with the Costa Rican Coast Guard in the port of Golfito, Costa […]


SCAT team members are the eyes for those in the unified command.

Cleanup on aisle ‘shoreline’

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart When oil spills occur, the Coast Guard assigns trained personnel to survey the scene, protect the environment and conduct evaluations.  The Coast Guard specifically employs the Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment […]


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From California to Korea: Coast Guard Auxiliarist provides vital skills for exercise

Edited by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Gawrelli and Lt. Eric VanVelzen What happens when the next major hurricane hits, sparking a massive search and rescue effort or another big oil spill occurs and the Coast Guard needs to quickly […]


Cadets from the California Maritime Academy learn seamanship aboard the training boat Golden Bear.  The Golden Bear serves as the primary training academy’s platform for cadets to apply technological skills introduced in the classroom and leadership skills acquired from their work assignments and responsibilities within the Corps of Cadets. Photo courtesy by California Maritime Academy

Maritime Academy prepares future Coast Guardsmen

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Blaine Meserve-Nibley The Coast Guard needs skilled individuals to bring unique experiences and training into the service. As such, the Coast Guard is heavily invested in a number of programs available to cadets at […]


The Bangladesh naval vessel BNS Sumadra Joy moored on Coast Guard Island, Alameda, Calif., July 19, 2013.. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart

The spirit of the Jarvis lives on

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bryan Wright  My first day back aboard the boat since the transfer, I noticed that all the uniforms around me were black, not blue. It was a strange sensation to salute a foreign flag […]


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California’s Keeper Recovers Drifting Buoy

Story by Lt. Collin R. Bronson The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb, working with the National Data Buoy Center, recently recovered a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather data buoy approximately 100 miles west of San Diego, […]


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MSD Santa Barbara — Rising to the challenge of panga boats

Story by LT Jeff Fry The call from the command center usually comes late at night: “Marine Safety Detachment Santa Barbara, we have another panga on the beach and we need you to respond!”  Over the past year, this call […]


SAN DIEGO - Lt. Jeremy Rodrigues, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve member, feeds his son, Aiden, for the first time after Aiden and Rodrigues' wife, Marcela, flew into the San Diego International Airport to meet him, Dec. 12, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Gawrelli.

Welcome home, daddy

  Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Gawrelli When he was first mobilized and sent overseas, Lt. Jeremy Rodrigues, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, knew he would be leaving behind Marcela, his wife of 10 months, […]


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Who speaks for the seas?

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland. The large, green generators in the engine room of a 292-foot ship moored to a pier in San Francisco grind to life, filling the enclosed space with machine-produced roar. Coast Guard […]