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 […]


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A dog’s life: New beginnings

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell One day she’ll be able to turn on that light switch that’s just out of your reach, or pick up the keys you accidentally dropped on the ground.  Or just […]


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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 […]


An estimated 29,000 people rafted along the Colorado River as Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) San Diego kept watch . Photo courtesy ANT San Diego

ANT San Diego and the Colorado River “Mardi Gratta”

  Story by Petty Officer 1st Class James Coleman Question: What do Mardi Gras, the Arizona desert and the U.S. Coast Guard have in common? Answer:  the 7th Annual Bullhead City River Regatta. An estimated 29,000 people rafted along a […]


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Remembering the Fallen

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie On Tuesday, October, 29, 2013, Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento held a remembrance ceremony to honor the flight crews of Coast Guard C-130 1705, and Vengeance 38, a Marine Corps AH-IW Cobra […]


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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 […]


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“High Five” tour visits Air Station Sacramento

 Story by Lt. j.g. Rory Yoder On Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, volunteers for the Wounded Warrior Family Support High Five Tour made a pit stop at Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento. This visit was the organization’s first ever to a Coast Guard […]


Rescue equipment carefully laid out for inspection. Photo courtesy of Coast GUard Air Station Sacramento

Behind the scenes – an AST at a fixed-wing station

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Simon Ochoa If you were to ask most Coast Guard members what an aviation survival technician does, they’d probably explain how we jump out of helicopters and rescue people in distress.  But I’m based […]


Crewmembers from the CGC Tern participate in a park cleanup in Alameda, Calif.

CGC Tern – Acta non Verba

Story by Cadet 1/c Alex Rennie Acta non Verba, which is Latin for “action not words,” is a fitting motto for the Coast Guard Cutter Tern, a multi-mission 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat homeported in San Francisco, Calif.  When the crew […]


Senior Chief Petty Officer Mark Spillane fixes the Command Ashore insignia to the uniform of Chief Petty Officer Paul Wood.

Station Vallejo – Summertime Search and Rescue

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Kirstin MacLean  Summertime is upon us, and with it comes warmer weather, longer days and SAR (Search and Rescue) season, the Coast Guard’s busiest time of year.  Coast Guard Station Vallejo, nestled in the […]


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