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 […]


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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Lt. Cmdr. Matt Dooris collects a bulk sample to test for lead paint.  Photo by Auxiliarist Eric Eltinge

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 […]


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 […]


Coast Guard Auxiliary Helicopter Training Team Los Angeles aboard Ladyfish III during rescue swimmer drills.  Photo by Steve Lee

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, […]


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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