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Keeping Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin at the top of her game

Written by Lt. j.g. David Zwirblis and Chief Petty Officer James McDermott The Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin, located in Santa Barbara, California, performs a wide array of missions working for Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach. The ship’s primary focuses have been […]


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 […]


Sunrise over the San Francisco Bay as seen from Air Station San Francisco. (Coast Guard photo by LTJG Matthew Udkow)

Teamwork: Above, Below and Beyond

Story by Lt Marshall Burtt, Coast Guard Air Station San FranciscoThe sun was setting as the USS Shoup, a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke Class destroyer steamed toward San Francisco still more than 80 miles offshore.  A sailor on board was […]


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 […]


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