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.


Cadet 1st Class Matthew Hanks

This time around: Coast Guard Academy cadet reflects on prior service

On the surface, First Class Cadet Matthew Hanks appears to be a typical cadet: he plays baseball, he spends some nights up late working civil engineering design problems, and he’s gearing up for life as a commissioned officer. But a look beneath the surface reveals someone vastly different. Not only is he the spring 2015 regimental commander, the highest-ranking cadet in the corps of cadets, he’s already been in the Coast Guard for almost eight years.


AST3 Bates

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: AST3 Brett Bates

So others may live. It’s the creed of Coast Guard rescue swimmers and a promise the Coast Guard makes to those in danger. It’s also a motto that Petty Officer 3rd Class Brett Bates lives by.


Responding in hurricane

‘Prepare for the worst, hope for the best’

As Hurricane Isaac inched towards the Gulf Coast in August 2012, Petty Officer 2nd Class James Hockenberry was assigned to an aircrew tasked with relocating a Coast Guard helicopter outside of the storm’s path. Left behind were his wife and two boys. A flight mechanic at Air Station Orleans, Hockenberry’s duty to respond doesn’t stop when there is a storm on its way and he ensures his family is prepared well in advance of the storm first and foremost.


Laser beam

Blinded by the light

Weather conditions, crew responsiveness, incoming hazards and myriad meters, gauges and measurements. These are just a few of the things a pilot has to be wary of when flying an aircraft. A new concern is affecting Coast Guard pilots from Cape Cod, to Hawaii, from Puerto Rico to Seattle. Every air station in the Coast Guard is on the lookout for a simple beam of light.


Hurricane Isaac survey flight

Mobilizing in the aftermath of a hurricane

With the threat of destruction looming every hurricane season, complacency is a responder’s worst enemy and aircrews work year-round to ensure they are ready to support their nation and community in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Altogether the preparedness and teamwork at the region’s four air stations paid huge dividends post-Isaac in the form of 28 lives saved and 54 assisted.


C-130

Week in the Life of the Coast Guard: Tuesday

Written by Chief Petty Officer CC Clayton, editor-in-chief, Coast Guard Magazine Ever wonder what the Coast Guard does in an average week during the winter months? Probably pretty slow, right? While a lot of people are digging themselves out from […]


Video of the Year winners

Announcing the 2010 Video of the Year Winners

Results are in! With 31,639 total YouTube views and 1,064 votes (wow! Thank-you to all who voted), the winners of the second annual Coast Guard Video of the Year Award are… It was a VERY close race… Drum roll please….. […]


itCG – ice breaking begins, EPIRB rescue, arming helicopters, video of the year

Ice breaking season officially got underway on the Great Lakes this weekend. Operations Taconite and Coal Shovel are designed to keep Great Lakes waterways open for commercial vessels during the winter season. Click here to learn more about Great Lakes […]


itCG – international drug bust, bird rescue, boaters rescued, oil spill mystery continues

Guardians from CGC Jarvis seized a self-propelled semi-submersible loaded with 4,500 kilograms of illegal narcotics and its crew of four while patrolling off the coast of Central America. The Jarvis is part of a multi-agency drug interdiction task force patrolling […]


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