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Shipmate of the Week – LT David Herndon

Friday, April 18, 2014

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At approximately 7 a.m. April 3, 2014, the command center in Alameda, Calif., was notified of a 1-year-old child aboard the sailing vessel Rebel Heart who was ill and required assistance. On watch receiving the call was the command duty […]

Shipmate of the Week – Juanita Collins

Friday, April 11, 2014

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Juanita Collins is one busy teenager. She’s a class president, varsity volleyball captain, athlete-scholar, a capella singer, hospice volunteer and Sunday school teacher. She’s worked on projects with the Key Club, Relay for Life, Food bank, Ronald McDonald House and Salvation Army. That’s a lot of responsibility for any one person, not to mention a teenager. But Juanita is not just a teenager; she’s a Coast Guard daughter.

Shipmate of the Week – Crew of CG6515

Friday, April 4, 2014

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The night of July 30, 2013, was a night like any other in the San Francisco Bay Area – foggy, with a high probability of low cloud ceilings. Those who know the area are well aware of the microclimates and chilly fog layers that can overtake the bay in a matter of minutes. Images of the city skyline and the twin stanchions of the Golden Gate Bridge peering out through snow-like clouds are a common sight.

Shipmate of the Week – Lt. j.g. Allison Murray

Friday, March 28, 2014

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As executive officer of a patrol boat operating throughout U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, Lt. j.g. Allison Murray was all set for some “R&R.” Murray was headed Colombo, Sri Lanka, and was excited to travel and gain new experiences. Her flight to Sri Lanka was mostly uneventful as Murray tried her best to doze off. That all changed during the final descent.

Shipmate of the Week – MK2 Ryan Horsley

Friday, March 21, 2014

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Coast Guard Cutter Sherman returned to homeport last week after a 50-day deployment to disrupt illicit and illegal activity from reaching the shores of the United States. While there were plenty of accomplishments at sea, it was the men and women below deck who were making the mission execution possible. One of the engine room’s standouts was Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Horsley.

Shipmate of the Week – Charles Zerbe

Friday, March 14, 2014

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For more than a century, U.S. Coast Guard Yard workers have built, repaired and renovated ships. A major part of this century-long tradition is Charles Zerbe, a 48-year veteran of federal service at the yard. A native of Baltimore, Zerbe began his employment at the yard in 1965 as a shipfitter helper. Due to his leadership abilities and skills he was promoted many times and ultimately reached the level of the highest graded civil service employee at the yard, production manager.

Shipmate of the Week – AUX George White

Friday, March 7, 2014

George White

The only square-rigger in U.S. government service, Coast Guard Cutter Eagle has offered generations of Coast Guard Academy cadets an unparalleled leadership experience at sea. For nearly two decades, Auxiliarist George White has been part of that leadership experience. White, a member of the all-volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliary, served as a mentor to cadets aboard the sail-training vessel and was recently presented the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service.

Shipmate of the Week – CWO Paul Zado

Friday, February 28, 2014

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It’s your birthday; you’re hanging out with your family and friends. There are candles, birthday cake and presents. Relaxing right? Chief Warrant Officer Paul Zado’s first birthday underway as a Coast Guardsman was a little different. He was a petty officer hanging on for his life inside Coast Guard Cutter Planetree’s galley as 20-foot waves tossed the 180-foot long cutter. Plates flew from the dishwasher, scattering like a flock of seagulls. He couldn’t even hear his own voice over the bellowing storm.

Shipmate of the Week – BM2 Walter Vitou

Friday, February 21, 2014

Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Vitou

What are Coast Guard crews to do with ice, snow and blizzard-like conditions? Train. Crews at Station Cleveland Harbor recently completed two weeks of ice-rescue training led by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Vitou.

Shipmate of the Week – EM1 Matthew Payne

Friday, February 14, 2014

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After having gone through an extensive three year, $90 million dollar reactivation, Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is fully operational and currently deployed to McMurdo, Antarctica, for Operation Deep Freeze 2014. Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Payne, an electrician’s mate, contributed greatly to Polar Star’s reactivation. Payne began his tour while the ship was in dry-dock and extended for a year to be a part of the cutter’s first Deep Freeze mission in seven years.

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