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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 […]


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? […]


Damage control station aboard the CGC Aspen

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 […]


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CGC Dorado’s newest cuttermen

Story by Lt. j.g Mark Tatara  Some in the Coast Guard say that “underway is the only way.”  The Coast Guard is among the finest sea-going services in the world, and the men and women who dedicate themselves to operating […]


Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Bemis, an aviation survival technician, puts a rescue harness on a child.

Air Station Humboldt Bay hosts local second-grade class

Children from Pacific Union Elementary School and their parents gathered around Coast Guardsmen to get a glimpse of the Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay base in Eureka, Calif. The volunteers were eager to educate their visitors on what the […]


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BM2 Victoria Taylor – the Coast Guard’s newest Surfman

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie Victoria Taylor, a Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay, was recently designated a Coast Guard Surfman, the highest qualification a coxswain (small-boat driver) can achieve in the Coast […]


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 […]


ANT Humboldt bay members conduct buoy operations. Photo courtesy of ANT Humboldt Bay.

Conviction, Courage, and Command

I’m Seaman Lucinda Estrada. I’m assigned to the Aids to Navigation Team in Humboldt Bay. And I didn’t know it was unusual for a non-rate to become a Buoy Deck Supervisor (BDS) until the Standardization Team (STAN) visit. Becoming qualified […]


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