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 […]


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 […]


For the love of her country

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell When then-first lady Hillary Clinton told former Coast Guard SPAR Vivian McRae she was brave, McRae struggled to keep from laughing.  America was in the midst of World War II, but McRae […]


A Coastie homecoming

Story by Andrew Gavelek, edited by PA3 Connie Terrell  It’s been 40 years since Gene Griffith last stepped aboard the San Diego-based 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell.  “I knew the 378’s were being decommissioned, so when I heard it was […]


Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay – Then and Now

Story by Lt. Taylor Andrews  The Coast Guard Air Station responsible for the northern coast of California was established in the 1970s, but the airport’s history dates back to the early 1940s. In 1943, the U.S. Navy acquired land in […]


Aids to Navigation Team assists with Fresnel lens removal

Story by Chief Petty Officer Casey Curry, Officer in Charge The Aids to Navigation Team in Los Angeles – Long Beach (ANT LA – LB) has only one Fresnel lens left in service, a statement that might make you ask, […]


Your health and safety — our only concern

By Eric Eltinge, AUX, HSWL San Pedro Have you ever been concerned about hazards in your workplace?  Do your lower back, wrists, or eyes hurt at the end of a long work day?  Do you work in a noisy environment […]


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 […]


Displaying adaptability: The many faces of a single rate

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward Cramer When I joined the Coast Guard in 2008, it was my understanding that a “machinery technician” worked soley on “machines”; nothing more, nothing less. Already having a fairly strong comprehension of engineering, […]


Coast Guard Auxiliary training team reaches a milestone

Story by Auxiliarist Julia Dye  To effectively train its rotary wing air crews, the U.S. Coast Guard has always relied upon surface crews to provide support. This training, which involves hoisting from boats to improve proficiency in core rescue procedures, […]


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