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 […]


CGC Blackfin Starboard Engine

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 […]


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 […]


Rescuing the rescuer

Story and photos by PA3 Connie Terrell  On an average day, the U.S. Coast Guard conducts 109 search and rescue cases, saves 10 lives and assists 192 people in distress. But what happens when one of their own needs rescuing? […]


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 […]


America’s Volunteer Lifesavers – “Strong as an Aux”

Story by CDR DesaRae Janszen, D11 South Director of Auxiliary There we were.  It was December 7, 2013, a day that shall live in infamy, as team “Strong as an Aux” lined up in Malibu, Calif., to run the Malibu […]


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 […]


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 […]


CGC Aspen – Multi-mission, multi-talented

 Story by Lt. Cmdr. Tom D’Arcy After netting a $2.4 million drug smuggling bust on their latest patrol, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, homeported in San Francisco, Calif., continues to demonstrate versatility and commitment to keeping California’s […]


Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach Boarding Team – Leading the way

Story by Lt. j.g. Lauren Gonzales “Every time I would look at the cameras after a call for assistance …I saw a group of Coasties, the Blue Mist, sprinting to help.“ -Jim McDonnell, Chief of the Long Beach Police Department, referring […]


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