Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Capt. Patricia McFetridge

Capt. Patricia McFetridge, a veteran of 34 years of total military service, is a 1990 recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and a trailblazer for women in Coast Guard aviation.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: AST3 Evan Staph and LT J.D. Hess

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: AST3 Evan Staph, LT J.D. Hess

In February 2015, when a severe winter storm was barreling down on Coast Guard crews in the Northeast, a signal for an emergency positioning radio indicator beacon went off. Approximately 150 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, a father and son aboard the sailing vessel Sedona were signaling for help. The rescue earned the crew the Capt. Frank Erickson Award, and earned each member of the crew some of the most prestigious awards given to Coast Guard aviators.


History – CAPT Patricia McFetridge

March is Women’s History Month. In honor of the many contributions women have made to the history of our service, we bring you the stories of the female leaders of today’s Coast Guard. This week, we are highlighting the contributions […]


Lt. Rittichier

100 years of Naval Aviation: Lt. Jack Rittichier

As part of our ongoing celebration of the 2011 Centennial of Naval Aviation, we wanted to bring you the story of Lt. Jack Rittichier, Coast Guard aviator # 997 and the first Coast Guardsman to be killed in action during […]