Ready, aim, fire!

Story by Lt. j.g Ryan Fox  It’s not often that Coasties have an opportunity to fire deck-mounted machine guns on land, but that’s exactly what the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Halibut did in late January during their semi-annual gunnery […]

An aviation survival technician practices hoisting manuevers beneath a Coast Guard helicopter. (Coast Guard photo)

A night like any other

Story by Lt. Jesse Keyser, edited by Public Affairs Specialist Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie  The night of July 30, 2013, was a night like any in the San Francisco Bay Area – foggy, with a high probability of […]

Strength through diversity - the crew of Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay

Differences matter

Story by Boatswain’s Mate Senior Chief Petty Officer Aaron Bretz, officer-in-charge, Station Bodega Bay The future of women in the Coast Guard is often talked about; concern for equal opportunity is constantly on the minds of leaders in the Coast […]

grasshopper pose

Boutwell’s crew finds its balance

Story by Lt. j.g. Andrew Gavelek The crew of the San Diego-based Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, recently-returned from a deployment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, has taken part in a lot of unique experiences since before the holidays.  Between the […]

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 […]


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 […]


Panic under pressure – my first SAR case

Story by Seaman Marina Rodriguez  Edited by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie I was new to Station Bodega Bay and still breaking in as a boat crewman, so everything was a new experience to me. And now, the hair […]

SN Johnson working on his recertification as cutter swimmer. Photo by: Petty Officer 2nd Class Seth Novassio

CGC Blacktip’s newest arrivals

By Senior Chief Petty Officer Gregory Simcic Two new Seamen, Luis Bautista and James Johnson, arrived aboard Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip this summer with limited knowledge of the challenges of an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat. That unfamiliarity was short-lived as […]

Command Master Chief Charles “Rob” Bushey (R) and Chief Petty Officer John Loftis, Surface Forces Logistics, test their dive gear in a swimming pool on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., August 20, 2013. Photo by Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Josue Mendez

“Survive your dive” – Coast Guard stresses proper planning and safety gear

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie When you look below the surface, there’s a lot involved in diving safety. Diving looks like a fun, adventurous activity. Fishing, exploring shipwrecks, or just enjoying the beauty of the ocean are […]

Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward Cramer adapts to his enviornment in Alaska.

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, […]

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