Friday, May 17, 2013
Port Security Unit 311 is an expeditionary unit responsible for providing port security in support of military or humanitarian operations worldwide, ready to deploy within 96 hours of notification and establishing sustained operations within 24 hours. The unit deploys on the frontlines of global operations but in order to get there they need support; that support is led by Chief Petty Officer Stepheni Norton.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Station Umpqua River is home to a crew of dedicated Coast Guardsmen, sentinels to the abundance of recreational and commercial fisherman in the region. The station is remote, isolated and bears witness to some of the worst water there is. It’s also home to Chief Petty Officer Benjamin Snider, an extraordinarily skilled surfman.
Friday, May 3, 2013
It’s just 24 notes; not a full composition or even a song. It’s merely a bugle call. But this bugle call does more than move mountains; it moves souls.
This 24-note bugle call, known as taps, is part of military funeral honors for those who have faithfully defended our country in war and peace. In this ceremonial paying of respects, perhaps no one else in the Coast Guard best understands taps’ power than Auxliarist Paul Deafenbaugh, the bugler for the U. S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard.
Friday, April 26, 2013
As family, friends, coworkers and students gathered on the gun deck of Taylor Hall at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, many did not know that they’d be witnessing Coast Guard history. While three people were advanced to master chief petty officer that day, the advancement of Jennifer Lowden was particularly notable. Standing on the same grounds where she was a 25-year-old machinery technician student, Lowden became the first female to join the highest ranks in her profession when her husband and her mother impressed the master chief insignia onto her shirt collar.
Friday, April 19, 2013
On Monday, April 15, 2013, the City of Boston was viciously attacked when two bombs exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line. In response to this tragic event, Sector Boston surged Coast Guard resources to protect Boston Harbor from any additional attacks. Maritime Safety and Security Team Boston supported security efforts with vigor and resolve. Lt. j.g. Alicia Flanagan responded in the aftermath as MSST Boston’s deployable team leader.
Friday, April 12, 2013
What does your family talk about at the dinner table? Search and rescue, oil spills and natural disasters? If those sound like strange dinner topics they are nothing but the norm for Amanda Wimmersberg. Wimmersberg grew up in a military family, both her parents serving in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Quick reflexes and fast thinking were put to the test late on a late Friday afternoon when the Station Bodega Bay, Calif., duty crew sprinted into action at the sound of the search and rescue alarm. Fireman Jacob Smith, who been stationed at Bodega Bay for the past three years, was a crewman on the 47-foot motor lifeboat that launched when they received word of a fishing vessel that was taking on water with two people aboard.
Friday, March 29, 2013
In 1867 the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, predecessor service to the U.S. Coast Guard, transported the first federal officials to the territory of Alaska. From this modest beginning, cutters would eventually sail into the Arctic and the Bering Sea to protect the sea and those on it. Thus, “The Bering Sea Patrol” was born. Today, Coast Guard men and women continue to sail the Bering’s frigid waters, from the Akutan to the Pribilofs. It takes a certain type of sailor to perform operations in these waters; Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Valdes is one such Coast Guardsman.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Ouellette was fresh out of boot camp in July 2007 when he was assigned to Station Grays Harbor. He arrived at his first Coast Guard unit ready to learn. Fast forward to today and Ouellette has more than just learned; he has mastered. Ouellette has earned the title of Coast Guard surfman No. 473. Along with his title of surfman, he has also earned the unofficial title of “seaman to surfman” at Grays Harbor – meaning he arrived at the unit a seaman and will be leaving a surfman.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Running is part of our daily routines. Running to catch the bus. Running to stay fit. Running to clear our thoughts at the end of a long day. But for a select group of Coast Guard men and women, running isn’t just part of the routine; running is to remember. For the past few months Coast Guard members have prepared for CG Remember, a global event where servicemembers, dependents and civilians come together to honor the memory of Coast Guard members killed in the line of duty. Leading the movement is Lt. Lucy Love.