Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Nyrel Allen

Service as a Coast Guard flag aide requires poise, attention to detail, expert knowledge of military customs and courtesies and time management skills that few possess. Lt. Nyrel Allen, flag aide to Rear Adm. Richard Gromlich, commander of the Coast Guard 13th District, has those skills and more, much more. Outside of the office, her determination and dedication to the sport of powerlifting resulted in her selection as the Coast Guard Elite Female Athlete of the Year.

Rescuing rescuers

Rescuing the rescuers

There are several qualities that make the Northern Oregon coast majestic– the constant surf, for example. It sounds like roaring thunder as it breaks against jagged cliff sides and enters natural caves, then draws back out, rhythmically repeating the process in a symphony that has carved the coastline across eons. From a distance, the white wash seems perfectly synchronized and almost placid, but the same breathtaking waves that beckon tourists from around the world are some of the most unpredictable and treacherous as well.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: BM1 Michael Jenkins

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: BM1 Michael Jenkins

The “U.S. Coast Guard-An Era of History and Heroism” exhibit, which highlights more than 150 years of Coast Guard history in Clallam County, encompasses Jenkins’ passions for history and for the Coast Guard, as well as his thirst for knowledge and outstanding drive toward devotion to duty.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. j.g. Jessie Cuttie

As a junior officer taking on a huge responsibility, Cuttie may not have had all the answers at first. But with unwavering determination and the support of her crew, she made sure Active was always ready to answer the call.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. j.g. Nyrel Allen

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. j.g. Nyrel Allen

Whether lifting more than two times her body weight, sailing the high seas or overseeing operations for more than 40 Coast Guard units in the Pacific Northwest, Allen continues to be an inspiration for all.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: BM2 Andrew Mozley

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: BM2 Andrew Mozley

“Coxswains operate in crazy conditions all over the world,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Mozley. “Being a coxswain has given me a great appreciation for the teamwork every person puts in to complete the mission.”

2014 Videos of the Year: Station Bellingham Rescue

2014 Videos of the Year: Station Bellingham Rescue

Not a second too late, Coast Guard crews attempt to pull two young men from the water before drowning in our final video nominee!

Lt. Karen Appel

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: LT Karen Appel

“We spend a lot of time saying, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if someone did something?’” said Appel. “Saying is not acting. You could be that someone. You could say, ‘I should do something.’”

‘He refused to give in’

Lt. Brian Mackey was a husband, brother, friend and shipmate, serving his country for 24 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. After fighting a battle with terminal brain cancer for more than two years, Mackey passed away in April 2013. While Mackey may have passed, his strength and spirit live on in all those who served alongside him. A group of his loved ones and shipmates have been working together to honor Mackey; a man who faced life bravely regardless of circumstance.

13th District assets

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest!

It could be said that when nature is at its worst, the Coast Guard is at its best, and it could be argued that nowhere in the United States is this exemplified more than in the Pacific Northwest. The Pacific Northwest, miles of rocky coastlines mixed with breathtaking beaches, is a prime location for those who make their living on the seas, or for those looking to escape the rigors of everyday life.

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