A Coast Guard San Francisco helicopter crew flies near Super Bowl city in San Francisco Feb. 5, 2016.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Stanton.

Super Bowl 50

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena Behind all the glitz and glamour of Super Bowl 50 festivities, a group of highly-trained individuals worked to keep San Francisco’s waterways safe for mariners – the Coast Guard. This year’s Super […]


Pictured is Alcatraz Lighthouse on San Francisco Bay during sunset in 2015.

Beacon of the Bay

Story provided by Chief Petty Officer Robert Sevon Whether you are a mariner, photographer, writer or tourist, there is no denying the strong allure of the lighthouse. The lighthouse demands your gaze, standing tall through the storm and illuminating the […]


Pictured is the Malta-flagged 738-foot deep draft bulk carrier Maribella at anchor in Aarhus Port, Denmark. Photo by Bendt Nielsen.

Fire at sea: Wake-up call averts a mariner’s nightmare

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena On the evening of July 27, 2015, while much of the public attention was focused on thousands of firefighters battling wildfires in the western United States, the crew of a 738-foot Maltese […]


Coast Guard Station Lake Taheo

Hardly a vacation

Story provided by Fireman Katherine Hays of Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe is nicknamed Station Vacation for its remote, pristine location and proximity to world-class ski resorts, but it may be more deserving of the […]


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Station San Francisco: Protecting The City

Story and photos provided by Master Chief Petty Officer Devin Spencer, Officer-in-charge of Coast Guard Station San Francisco Come spend a few days with the crew of Coast Guard Station San Francisco, and it won’t take you long to be […]


Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip transport survivors of a boat fire.

Channelling the Blacktip

Story provided by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Konopa, crewmember of the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip Being located within the Channel Islands area of responsibility presents many unique opportunities and challenges for the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip. Just […]


The sun sets over the moored Motor Lifeboats of Coast Guard Station Morro Bay.

Station Morro Bay

Story by Fireman Daniel Rinear, cremwmber of Coast Guard Station Morro Bay Coast Guard Station Morro Bay is unique in that we are one of only 20 surf stations in the Coast Guard, and the southernmost at that! What this […]


Coast Guard Station Monterey rescue boat training

A moment in Monterey

Story provided by Petty Officer Matthew Mcmahon The environment and caseload experienced by Coast Guard Station Monterey’s crew produces as much diversity in its mission as present in the populace they serve and protect. From the stoic cliff faces of Point Sur […]


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Training a comin’

Story by PA1 Bill Colclough; Thanks to Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wright for contributing information “COAST GUARD IN SHELTER COVE, THE SKIPPER IS HAVING A SEIZURE. HE’S BLEEDING FROM THE MOUTH. HE’S DYING!”  A seismic transmission over VHF-FM crackled distress […]


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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 […]


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