Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2015: Thursday

On Thursday’s Week in the Life series, Air Station Los Angeles crews conduct cliff rescue training in Rancho Palos Verde, Calif., boarding team member evaluations in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., advanced culinary training at Fort Lee, Va., an active shooter exercise in Boston and advancement ceremonies at Air Station Detroit.


Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2015: Wednesday

On Wednesday’s Week in the Life series, we feature operations from Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, firefighting training in Toledo, Ohio, line splicing in Erie, Pennsylvania, explosives detection training in Seattle, reparation of a land navigation light in Kodiak, Alaska, and the homecoming of Port Security Unit 308.

Coast Guardsmen offload approximately 1,100 kilograms of cocaine and 4,420 pounds of marijuana, interdicted in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Martillo and Operation Unified Resolve worth an estimated wholesale value of $41 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., Sept. 29, 2015. Since October 2014, the Coast Guard has removed 130 metric tons of cocaine ($4.3 billion), the most since 2008. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney)

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2015: Tuesday

On Tuesday’s Week in the Life series, we feature operations from Coast Guard Cutter Sledge in Curtis Bay, Maryland, engine checks at Station Cape Charles, Virginia, a drug offload in Miami Beach, Florida, night hoist operations in Houston and new recruits reporting to Training Center Cape May, New Jersey.

U.S. Coast Guard 2-boat training in Lake Huron

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2015: Monday

For the past 225 years the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests, providing a 24/7 presence along America’s rivers, ports, coastline and on the high seas. But while the Coast Guard’s presence and impact is regional, national and international, our operations are often out of sight.

A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod helicopter crew returns from rescuing a father and son from a sailboat about 150 miles south of Nantucket, Mass., Feb. 15, 2015. After navigating through low visibility and near hurricane force winds, the crew safely hoisted the men and returned to Air Station Cape Cod. U.S. Coast Guard photo contributed by Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: CGNR 6033 crew, Air Station Cape Cod

An already hazardous situation made worse by severe winter weather, Coast Guard Cape Cod CGNR 6033 crew heroically displayed their bravery, ingenuity and grit in the rescue of a father and son aboard an imperiled sailboat earning them The Captain Frank Erickson Award.

Lt. Jamison Ferriell, Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric Woods and Petty Officer 3rd Class Chriostpher Lelyo stand for a photo during an award ceremony. The three crewmembers and Lt. Erik Price, not pictured, transported a medical team and supplies to save a baby during a blizzard in February 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: CGNR 2309 crew, Air Station Cape Cod

During a severe snow storm in Massachusetts in early February, a premature baby was born on Nantucket and was in need of medical care beyond what the island’s hospital could provide. The CGNR 2309 crew of from Air Station Cape Cod pushed the limits to deliver a medical team and neonatal incubator to save the child’s life earning them the Cmdr. Elmer F. Stone award.

Capt. Robert W. Warren, commander of Coast Guard Sector San Juan, presents Ensign Roland Blake with the Silver Life Saving Medal at the Coast Guard base in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Blake, a Petty Officer at the time, received the award for rescuing a man caught in a strong surf zone and rip current at Frog Beach in Bocas del Toro, Republic of Panama, Nov. 9, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Ens. Roland Blake

The Coast Guard’s Silver Lifesaving Medal is awarded to those who risk their lives to rescue or endeavor to rescue any other person from drowning, shipwreck or other perils in the water. Ensign Roland Blake is one of those people.

Image of Coast Guard cutter Comanche, of the Greenland Patrol, shown in wartime camouflage paint scheme. Coast Guard Collection.

The Long Blue Line: An African-American Hero Serving in a Segregated Service

For many individuals it takes a lifetime to learn the skills of leadership, while others come to it naturally. African-American Charles Walter David, Jr., namesake of Fast Response Cutter David, knew instinctively how to lead others despite barriers imposed by the segregated society of mid-20th century America. David served in the United States Coast Guard early in World War II, when the military services barred African Americans from the officer ranks and limited them largely to non-senior enlisted ratings.

Remembering Katrina

Remembering Katrina: The aftermath

When Hurricane Katrina made landfall just outside of New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, it marked the beginning of one of the largest search and rescue operations the Coast Guard had ever seen. While the landfall may have marked the end of the storm, it was only just the beginning of a long-term response and recovery effort for the city of New Orleans and the region as a whole.

Remembering Katrina

Remembering Katrina: Landfall

It was 6:10 a.m., when it came ashore in southeast Louisiana, blowing 125 mph winds and dumping heavy rain. No one could predict just how devastating the strong Category 3 hurricane would be for New Orleans. And no one knew at the time, but the Coast Guard’s response to Hurricane Katrina would turn out to be one of the largest search and rescue mission in the nation’s history.

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