U.S. Coast Guard graphic by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

Coast Guard to name cutter for DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal

At an Arlington National Cemetery memorial service marking the 10th anniversary of the death of Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, who died during combat operations off the coast of Iraq, Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp announced the U.S. Coast Guard will name a cutter in Bruckenthal’s honor.


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Three generations of surfmen

Of the Coast Guard’s approximate 4,800 boatswain’s mates, only about 200 are currently surfmen. There have only ever been roughly 500 surfmen in the service’s history. The path to qualification is wrought with discomfort, danger and dedication beyond the scope of normal human tolerance.


DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal Ceremony April 18, 2014

In memory of Nate

Two members from the Coast Guard Auxiliary band performed ceremonial hymns that echoed through the air as family members took their seats and members of the Coast Guard filed in rows encircling the wooden podium. Against it rested a framed photo of late Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, looking back at those in attendance at the ceremony.


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‘He refused to give in’

Lt. Brian Mackey was a husband, brother, friend and shipmate, serving his country for 24 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. After fighting a battle with terminal brain cancer for more than two years, Mackey passed away in April 2013. While Mackey may have passed, his strength and spirit live on in all those who served alongside him. A group of his loved ones and shipmates have been working together to honor Mackey; a man who faced life bravely regardless of circumstance.


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Arnie the Aux

Established by Congress in 1939, today the Coast Guard Auxiliary is comprised of more than 32,000 volunteers who give more than 2 million hours of volunteer service every year. Arnie Geller has been an important part of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 34 of those 75 years.


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Shipmate of the Week – Juanita Collins

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.


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Shutter Shootout… we have a winner!

And we have a winner! After thousands of votes you have chosen “The Handler” as Coast Guard photo of the year.


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Shutter Shootout 2014 – Finals

We’ve reached the final matchup of the Shutter Shootout 2014 photo contest. Will it be the number twelve seed from the South Division – a photo of a K-9 handler from Marine Safety and Security Team in Galveston, Texas, and […]


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Shutter Shootout 2014 – Final Four

We are down to the final four in the Shutter Shootout 2014 photo competition. Find out if your favorite photo made it into the final four round and make sure to vote as we move one step closer to selecting […]


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Shipmate of the Week – Crew of CG6515

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.


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