Friday, March 7, 2014
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.
Friday, February 28, 2014
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.
Friday, February 21, 2014
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.
Friday, February 14, 2014
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.
Friday, February 7, 2014
One man got Tuesdays with Morrie, but at Station Fire Island the entire crew is fortunate enough to get Wednesdays with Charles Baack. Since 1976 Charles W. Baack has stood faithful to Station Fire Island as a communications watchstander and break-in trainer. What’s more amazing than that, is he is 97 years young and remains as sharp as a whip!
Friday, January 31, 2014
At home, most of us take solace in being able to rest from our day’s activities. But sometimes, that rest is shaken when we are called back to help neighbors in our community. Such was the case for Petty Officer 1st Class Megan Vega. Around 2 a.m. on a fall night, Vega was awakened by the sound and subsequent signals of a fire at her neighbor’s home.
Friday, January 24, 2014
Riding public transportation is often an interesting experience. You encounter all types of people and see many interesting things. However, most people do not expect to be instrumental in the capture of a felony suspect during their travels. However, that was the case for Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Moss and Kenneth Warner.
Friday, January 17, 2014
Ethen Richardson is an 8-year-old boy with an amazing spirit and contagious smile. In July, doctors diagnosed Ethen with an inoperable tumor on his brain stem. As Ethen battles his illness, the local community wanted to lift his spirits and show their support. Members from the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston and the South Carolina Aquarium teamed up to provide Ethen behind-the-scenes access to the aquarium and what it’s like to be part of the Coast Guard for the day.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Sailing the Bering Sea is tough duty but these treacherous Alaskan waters are a day-to-day reality aboard Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, homeported in Kodiak, Alaska. As the crew carries out it’s role as “The Aleutian Keeper,” they often turns to “Q” – Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Quintana. As independent duty corpsman, Quintana is the only medical professional aboard. He is responsible for a myriad of duties including daily sickbay visits, vaccinations, monitoring crew medical readiness, conducting mandatory medical training, overseeing medical drills and enforcing sanitation standards.
Friday, January 3, 2014
During the holiday season, families across the nation come together to celebrate. From singing carols to opening presents, each family commemorates the holidays with their own special traditions. The duty crew at Air Station Atlantic City celebrated one of the finest Coast Guard traditions this Christmas Eve – the tradition of saving lives.