Petty Officer 1st Class Mason Champlin takes a moment to show off his awards and achievements in his basement office situated in Lakewood, Ohio, Dec. 9, 2017. Champlin's latest achievement is the oar-shaped plaque he earned as the special command aid of the year. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brian McCrum.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: CS1 Mason Champlin

Having been the special command aide for two district commanders over the past 2 ½ years, Champlin has had plenty of experience being the head chef and event planner for official parties, as well as being the caretaker for everything that goes along with the upkeep of a 100-year-old house and property. For his efforts, Champlin was selected for the 2017 Special Command Aide of the Year award, which recognized him for his leadership, job performance, self improvement, community involvement and commitment to the Coast Guard’s core values.


Legacy of Light: Stannard Rock Lighthouse stands lonely watch

Stannard Rock Lighthouse stands sentinel in the middle of Lake Superior, further from shore than any other lighthouse in the United States. One of the top ten engineering feats in American history, the lighthouse was built in 1835 to mark an uncharted hazard.


2014 Videos of the Year: Bristol Bay Buoys

2014 Videos of the Year: Bristol Bay Buoys

Ride along with Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay and get a first-hand look at life on the buoy deck in our ninth video nominee in this year’s top 10 competition!


CGC Mobile Bay

Operation Taconite

When we last checked in with Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay they were working day and night to finish up the largest buoy retrieval operation in the nation. There is no rest for the weary though, as Mobile Bay and […]