Lt. Marvin Peña, Health Safety and Work-Life Deputy Regional Practice Manager for the 17th Coast Guard District, reminisces on his childhood, fleeing the war-torn El Salvador and finding citizenship in the United States, Oct. 9, 2018. Peña joined the U.S. Coast Guard as a U.S. resident in 1996, earning citizenship in 2000. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Marvin Peña

Lt. Marvin Peña and his family escaped a life of hardship in El Salvador during a time when civil war raged in South America. He enlisted in the Coast Guard and became a health services technician and worked his way up the ranks from seaman to lieutenant. Today he is the Health Safety and Work-Life Deputy Regional Practice Manager for the 17th Coast Guard District in Alaska and strives to educate his own children of their heritage and instill the same worth ethic he developed from his own parents.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Molony assists two survivors from the Empire State Building in New York City after an accidental allusion with a B-52 bomber aircraft. Courtesy photo.

Unsung Coast Guard hero’s daring Empire State Building rescue

Few people today know that on July 28, 1945, a large aircraft crashed into the Empire State Building. Fewer still know that the accident produced the world record for surviving an elevator fall and that the fall’s victim was rescued by a United States Coast Guardsman.


Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Angel Valles-Bravo works on fellow

Onto the next challenge: Coast Guard recruit Dr. Angel Valles-Bravo

Dr. Angel Valles-Bravo traveled from Cuba to Venezuela and provided treatment for those who couldn’t afford access to medical care. Here’s his story.


Service needs no uniform

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: HS1 K.P. El-Amin

Throughout his more than two decades serving in the military, first in the Army, then the Coast Guard, Petty Officer 1st Class K.P. El-Amin’s passion to help people has been mirrored in his personal life.


Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2015: Friday

On Friday’s edition of Week in the Life in the Coast Guard 2015, we feature training operations from Honolulu and the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., as well as oil response and Coast Guard administration in Columbia, Ore., and health services from Base Alameda Medical in Alameda, Calif.


Helping the helpless

Helping the helpless

“This place is a rescue,” Barrick said. “It’s a sanctuary and forever home for these animals. Once they come to live at the ranch they have a ‘furever’ home. I’m a corpsman; the weak, helpless and injured – those are who I serve and am drawn too. I feel the same way for these animals. When they’re weak, injured, or unwanted I want them; I want to help them.”


Quintana

Shipmate of the Week – HS1 Richard Quintana

Sailing the Bering Sea is tough duty but these treacherous Alaskan waters are a day-to-day reality aboard Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, homeported in Kodiak, Alaska. As the crew carries out it’s role as “The Aleutian Keeper,” they often turns to “Q” – Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Quintana. As independent duty corpsman, Quintana is the only medical professional aboard. He is responsible for a myriad of duties including daily sickbay visits, vaccinations, monitoring crew medical readiness, conducting mandatory medical training, overseeing medical drills and enforcing sanitation standards.


FS1 Smith

Shipmate of the Week – FS1 Brittany Smith

Coast Guard Cutter SPAR is a sea-going buoy tender that sails the waters of the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea. The patrols are long, the work is hard and the days are cold. Keeping the crew motivated, not to mention their stomach’s full, is Petty Officer 1st Class Brittany Smith.


HS2 Jessica McLeod

Shipmate of the Week – HS2 Jessica McLeod

The Coast Guard’s dedicated health services technicians provide healthcare services – both routine and emergency – for servicemembers and their families. From clinics and sick bays, to ashore or afloat, health services technicians keep Coast Guard men and women ready to perform their challenging maritime missions.


HS1 Flor

Shipmate of the Week – HS1 Brian Flor

If you’re looking for Alaskan adventure and gritty challenges, look no further than Coast Guard Cutter SPAR. Known as the “Aleutian Keeper,” the men and women aboard SPAR continuously brave every mission that comes their way – no easy feat while sailing the waters of the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea.


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