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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And we have a winner! After thousands of votes you have chosen “The Handler” as Coast Guard photo of the year.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
Petty Officer 2nd Class James Mitchell first chose to be a food service specialist while at a recruiter’s office. At the time, he had an application in to attend a culinary school in Chicago, but was drawn to the opportunity of serving his country, traveling the world and learning the culinary trade.