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100 years of Coast Guard aviation: ‘Just another day on duty’

To me, being a Coast Guard aviator means belonging to a family whose ranks are filled with professionals of the highest caliber. The Coast Guard emblem is our crest; the golden wings on our chest are proof of membership. We share the view from above the clouds during our successes, and help put each other back together when a member is hard down.


Shipmate of the Week – AMT2 Shawn Pugmire

For Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Pugmire, service is not just a theme but also a naturally ingrained trait. It’s no wonder why the American Legion, the nation’s largest veteran organization, would want to honor him for his commitment to community.


AMT1 LaGarde

Shipmate of the Week – AMT1 Pablo LaGarde

As an aviation maintenance technician, Petty Officer 1st Class Pablo LaGarde keeps a fleet of airplanes equipped to execute demanding missions. Assigned to Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., LaGarde performs a multitude of tasks from metalsmithing and inspections to tire changes and repairs. For LaGarde, Semper Paratus usually involves keeping the Coast Guard airborne. But one summer’s day, LaGarde found himself ready to save a life off duty.


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On top of the world

Petty Officer 3rd Class Craig Longobardi, an aviation maintenance technician who was until recently stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii, has earned his own place in the over-achieving Coast Guardsmen hall of fame. Longobardi has just returned from the 2013 Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon in the Himalayas of Nepal.


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Shipmate of the Week – AMT1 Ryan Parker

20,000 missions is a lot of hours in the sky. And those hours require a lot of maintenance. To ensure each helicopter is ready to take flight, there are few people more valuable to have around Elizabeth City than Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Parker.


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.


Cmdr. Graham

Helicopter pilot #2 – CDR Stewart Graham

Graham is credited with many helicopter firsts, including the first wartime anti-submarine patrol requiring him to perform the first take-off and landing from a vessel on the high seas. In 1947 he successfully completed the Coast Guard’s first-ever night helicopter medical evacuation. As one of the first to use this technique, Graham was instrumental in exhibiting the capabilities and possibilities of rotary-wing technology to decision makers ensuring support for helicopter programs for decades to come.


Hercules gets a skin graft

This story originally appeared at Coast Guard Alaska and was written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally, 17th Coast Guard District public affairs. The high-pitched whine of a drill and the whirling buzz and grinding screech of a Dremel […]


Keeping the Coast Guard airborne

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall, 11th Coast Guard District public affairs. In today’s world it has become quite normal to view jobs that require using your hands or getting them dirty as undesirable. There seems to be […]


JIATF-South deployment

Coast Guard aircrews honored for excellence

Although the birth of naval aviation is traced back to 1911, it wasn’t until almost 30 years later that one of the Coast Guard’s most powerful assets, the helicopter, became part of naval flight. In the spring of 1943, then […]


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