Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Air Station Clearwater

The Coast Guard sent two teams to compete in the military category of the 2017 Aerospace Maintenance Competition, a two-day event from April 25-27, 2017, presented by Snap-on Tools at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Team Clearwater took first place in the military division and were presented plaques celebrating their win.

Multi-agency search-and-rescue saves 9 at Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos

Every now and again you get a career defining rescue. Coast Guard crews along with the Royal Bahamian Defence Force, Matthew Town Police Department in Great Inagua, and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration rescued nine distressed mariners after their sailboat ran aground. While the OPBAT’s mission is drug interdiction, the crew’s capabilities go above and beyond.

Coast Guard aviation: Into the storm for 100 years

Coast Guard aviation: Into the storm for 100 years

Coast Guard aviation was born when 3rd Lt. Elmer Stone reported to flight training on April 1, 1916. Now, a full century later, 2016 will represent the 100th year of U.S. Coast Guard aviation.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: DC1 Robert Somers

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: DC1 Robert Somers

“I can relate to these guys on a personal level, dealing with mild Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety,” Somers said. “VETSports allows me to get together with brothers of the military who have been through traumatic experiences.”

Lt. Natalie Moyer

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Natalie Moyer

Lt. Natalie Moyer, a HC-130 Hercules pilot currently stationed at Air Station Clearwater, Florida, is not only an active and valued member at her current duty station, she is active in her local community and continuously embodies the idea of service before self.


Fixers & flyers

A rescue swimmer jumping from a helicopter to make a life-saving rescue is often the first image that comes to mind when one thinks of Coast Guard aviation; but what is missing from that picture is the hard work and efforts that happen behind the scenes. Coast Guard avionics electrical technicians are the unsung heroes of life saving at air stations nationwide. When an aircraft has an electrical mishap, avionics electrical technicians are on the task and at their best!

Hurricane Isaac survey flight

Mobilizing in the aftermath of a hurricane

With the threat of destruction looming every hurricane season, complacency is a responder’s worst enemy and aircrews work year-round to ensure they are ready to support their nation and community in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Altogether the preparedness and teamwork at the region’s four air stations paid huge dividends post-Isaac in the form of 28 lives saved and 54 assisted.

Fireman Perez Bas

Making it official: Coast Guard member becomes US citizen

Fireman Maria Perez Bas, crewmember at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater’s facilities engineering department, took the Oath of Allegiance to become a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony at the air station. A Coast Guard member since October 2010, Perez Bas said she has had the heart of an American since she was a toddler. “I’ve been living here in the U.S. since I was 4 years old,” said Perez Bas. “I consider the U.S. my home, and my country, so it was just time. With the help of my command and shipmates I finally buckled down and became a citizen.”

How long can you tread water?

Written by Geralyn M. Ryan, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 15-8. While many boaters don’t think to wear their life jackets, most people also don’t think they’ll be treading water for more than half a day. To learn just how […]

Clearwater, Fla. – The newest Coast Guard City

Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Evanson, 7th Coast Guard District public affairs. From an apartment to a shelter, a house to a condo, a “home” can mean a lot of things. For the 650 Coast Guard members and […]

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