Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Weekend

For the past 224 years the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests, providing a 24/7 presence along America’s rivers, ports, coastline and on the high seas. But while the Coast Guard’s presence and impact is regional, national and international, our operations are often out of sight.

Until now.

From Aug. 24 to Aug. 30, 2014, we captured a week in the life of the service to highlight the missions performed by America’s Coast Guard. From standing watch or training on the water to supporting our frontline operations, over the week we will highlight the day-to-day lives of Coast Guard men and women throughout the country and overseas.

This Weekend is the final post for the Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 series. We hope you enjoyed seeing and reading about your Coast Guard in action, as well as a typical week for us. What did you learn about the Coast Guard this week? What would like to know more about? You may contact us through Facebook or email us as well. We appreciate it!

 

Follow along on Facebook and Instagram, as well as right here on the Compass Blog throughout the week.

 

 

Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Graziani (left) gives Seaman Nathan Gray instruction on small boat operation aboard Cutter Beluga's rigid hull inflatable boat while Beluga's crew conducts fire fighting training southwest of Cape Charles, Virginia, Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Cutter Beluga's crew was underway all day conducting drills and training exercises near the entrance to Chesapeake Bay. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn.

Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Graziani (left) gives Seaman Nathan Gray instruction on small boat operation aboard Cutter Beluga’s rigid hull inflatable boat while Beluga’s crew conducts fire fighting training southwest of Cape Charles, Virginia, Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Cutter Beluga’s crew was underway all day conducting drills and training exercises near the entrance to Chesapeake Bay. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn.

 

Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Carrington uses a thermal imager to detect heat sources while Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Delach mans a fire hose during firefighting training aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy while underway near Kodiak, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2014. Crew members aboard Coast Guard vessels train regularly to mitigate a variety of potential shipboard emergencies, including fire and flooding. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Carrington uses a thermal imager to detect heat sources while Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Delach mans a fire hose during firefighting training aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy while underway near Kodiak, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2014. Crew members aboard Coast Guard vessels train regularly to mitigate a variety of potential shipboard emergencies, including fire and flooding. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

 

Lt. Garret Faulkner pilots an HC-130 Hercules aircraft as it departs from Kona International Airport Aug. 28, 2014. As aircraft commander, Faulkner has primary responsibility for the aircraft and its crew. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Melissa E. McKenzie.

Lt. Garret Faulkner pilots an HC-130 Hercules aircraft as it departs from Kona International Airport Aug. 28, 2014. As aircraft commander, Faulkner has primary responsibility for the aircraft and its crew. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Melissa E. McKenzie.

 

The U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team marches in formation with the iconic Disneyland castle in the background, Aug. 24, 2014.  The drill team travlled from their home base of Arlington, Va., to perform at various public events throughout the weekend. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrea Anderson.

The U.S. Coast Guard Silent Drill Team marches in formation with the iconic Disneyland castle in the background, Aug. 24, 2014. The drill team travlled from their home base of Arlington, Va., to perform at various public events throughout the weekend. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrea Anderson.

 

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard fold the American flag during a memorial ceremony for Chief Warrant Officer Dan Thomas as his wife Michelle looks on, Aug. 25, 2014.  Thomas, a Maritime Enforcement Specialists with Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, was killed in a traffic accident on his way to work Aug. 20.  He is survived by his wife and three children. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard fold the American flag during a memorial ceremony for Chief Warrant Officer Dan Thomas as his wife Michelle looks on, Aug. 25, 2014. Thomas, a Maritime Enforcement Specialists with Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, was killed in a traffic accident on his way to work Aug. 20. He is survived by his wife and three children. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.

 

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