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This is my Coast Guard. This is my unit. This is my watch.

The month of April is designated Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and throughout the month Coast Guard Compass will highlight first-person accounts from men and women of the Coast Guard who are taking a stand against the crime of sexual assault. Our first account comes from Master Chief Petty Officer Devin R. Spencer, officer-in-charge of Station San Francisco, whose experience has taught him “It all starts at the top.”


Fishing boat at the dock

Thankful for a safe crabbing season

Thanksgiving crab is a San Francisco tradition. The steamed, spidery-red crustaceans have a spot on the dining room table right next to that big, gobbling bird. Crab is a delicacy, but the fishermen who go out in the heavy-winter seas and catch it are anything but delicate. The Department of Labor lists fishing as the most dangerous jobs in the country, and the Coast Guard is working to reduce risk through a safety initiative called Operation Safe Crab.


Senior Chief Samp

Shipmate of the Week – OSCS Douglas Samp

“Expert” is a title used to refer to someone who has the highest level of skill in a given arena. Well, Senior Chief Petty Officer Douglas Samp has mastered the craft of emergency response management and is an expert in the truest sense of the word. In fact, under Samp’s leadership, San Francisco units have responded to an astounding 1,883 search and rescue cases.


Kristin Reger Lunkley

Guardian of the Week – SN Kristin Reger

Post Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela Manns, public affairs specialist Swimming out to an overturned sailboat Seaman Kristin Reger was not thinking of anything except the man trapped beneath the hull. With a polypropylene line connecting her to […]


CGC Active at Fleet Week

San Francisco’s Fleet Week celebrates sea service traditions

With contributions from Coast Guard District 11 Public Affairs. Originating from President Theodore Roosevelt’s “Great White Fleet” in 1907, where 16 battleships circumnavigated the globe in 14 months, Fleet Week celebrates and honors the traditions of our sea services. The […]


People’s Choice – Coast Guard Photo Contest, Round 5

We are entering week five of the People’s Choice award for this year’s Coast Guard Photo Contest. We have put all the photos into the Coast Guard Flickr account under a set called “People’s Choice 2010.” Each photo links back […]


itCG-Hurricane Ida warning, Coast Guard Island, Willamette pollution, sailboat escort

Guardians from Air Station Clearwater hoisted a man and his dog from a fishing vessel in rough seas about 50 miles west of Clearwater, FL. The Coast Guard is urging the public to monitor weather and ocean conditions before venturing […]


itCG-New York commissioning, Pacifica rescue, sinking, helicopter crash, capsized vessel

   A rescue helicopter crew from Air Station San Francisco hoisted a 55-year-old man with a hand injury from a merchant ship 35 miles West of Pacifica, CA, Nov. 2, 2009. Once hoisted from the 600-foot Liberian-flagged container ship, the […]


CG Green-TRACEN Petaluma Goes Solar

Written by PA3 Caleb Critchfield (with contributions from Robert Hopkins)   The Coast Guard has been providing marine environmental and natural resource protection for 175 years, but the Guardian ethos does not stop at the water’s edge. Guardians are taking […]