Clay Evans, the Maritime Search and Rescue Western Region superintendent (left), and Capt. Brian Glander, the Coast Guard 11th District chief of incident management (right), present Ken White with the Coast Guard Public Service Commendation award at his home in Powell River, British Columbia, Feb. 9, 2019. White has dedicated more than 40 years of service to assisting mariners in distress. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Ken White, Angel of the Airwaves

Ken White, a Canadian citizen, has dedicated more than 40 years to helping mariners in distress. He monitors a wide range of emergency frequencies and quickly passes any information on through to the Rescue Coordination Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Alameda, California. For his endless dedication to helping the maritime community, the Coast Guard awarded White the Coast Guard Public Service Commendation.

Active shooter training conducted at Training Center Petaluma

Thirty-two participants representing 12 different local, state, and federal agencies including active duty and Reserve Coast Guard members trained together at Training Center Petaluma in late October to hands-on field training and scenario-based practical exercises on active shooter incidents. Active shooter situations are all too common in American society today and this training is meant to help those first responders stay prepared and ready.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Cmdr. Josephine Heron

Every year an officer, active duty and reserve, is recognized for leadership that exemplifies the Coast Guard’s core values and for their role in mentoring personnel toward their highest potential. Lt. Cmdr. Josephine Heron’s selfless devotion to others resulted in her selection of this year’s reserve Capt. John G. Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MST2 Giacomo Terrizzi

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MST2 Giacomo Terrizzi

Some of these Coast Guard men and women stand out above the rest. They not only achieve mission excellence, they demand it. They not only dedicate their time to the service, they dedicate their lives. They not only sit comfortably where they are in the rank structure, they continually strive to become more. Such is the case with Petty Officer 2nd Class Giacomo Terrizzi.

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Shutter Shootout 2015: First Round (West)

We continue the first round of Shutter Shootout 2015 photo contest with our West bracket, which covers the 11th and 14th Coast Guard districts. Starting today, you can vote in the new West bracket at the Coast Guard’s Facebook page by simply clicking “like” on your favorite photos.

Shipmate of the Week – Derek Southern, Raymond Hudson and Brian Castleton

Crewmembers and passengers aboard the charter vessel New Seaforth were underway for a fishing excursion off the coast of San Diego when the words “man overboard” suddenly boomed across the deck of the vessel.


Shipmate of the Week – LT David Herndon

At approximately 7 a.m. April 3, 2014, the command center in Alameda, Calif., was notified of a 1-year-old child aboard the sailing vessel Rebel Heart who was ill and required assistance. On watch receiving the call was the command duty […]


Shipmate of the Week – Crew of CG6515

The night of July 30, 2013, was a night like any other in the San Francisco Bay Area – foggy, with a high probability of low cloud ceilings. Those who know the area are well aware of the microclimates and chilly fog layers that can overtake the bay in a matter of minutes. Images of the city skyline and the twin stanchions of the Golden Gate Bridge peering out through snow-like clouds are a common sight.

Danger and Dungeness

California’s commercial Dungeness crab season is scheduled to begin at midnight tonight for the central coast, from Avila-Morro Bay to the mouth of the Russian River, and December 1 for the northern coast, from the Russian River to the Oregon border. While the opening of the fishery is an exciting period for crab fishermen, it’s also a time to hone in on safety.


Survive the dive

Diving looks like a fun, adventurous activity. Fishing, exploring shipwrecks or just enjoying the beauty of the ocean are all popular aspects of the sport. Despite the beauty in the sport however, there are dangers.

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