Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2015: Weekend

As we conclude our Week in the Life 2015 series, we feature images from a press conference in Miami, geotracing in the Arctic, security of high-capacity passenger vessels in Honolulu and a successful rescue in Savannah, Georgia.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: LT Shannon Scaff

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: LT Shannon Scaff

On Feb. 28, 2012, four Coast Guard members lost their lives in a helicopter crash that was felt by every one of the service’s approximate 42,000 men and women. Lt. Shannon Scaff, an instructor with the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, South Carolina, and long time friend of Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, decided to invest his grief into something positive: a test of his mind, body and will.


Thankful for: My husband

Thankful for: My husband

I wanted to thank you for everything you have done for our family. You are a true hero – not just because of your service to our country, but because you always put your family first.


Laser beam

Blinded by the light

Weather conditions, crew responsiveness, incoming hazards and myriad meters, gauges and measurements. These are just a few of the things a pilot has to be wary of when flying an aircraft. A new concern is affecting Coast Guard pilots from Cape Cod, to Hawaii, from Puerto Rico to Seattle. Every air station in the Coast Guard is on the lookout for a simple beam of light.


Laser shining on aircraft

Green lasers halt Coast Guard air searches

The SAR alarm is sounded and a Coast Guard helicopter is launched. As the aircrew arrives on scene, ready to search for the boater who needs their help, a green light enters the cockpit. It’s a green laser being shined from land and its blinding beam forces the pilots to head back to base, unable to finish their search. This life-threatening incident is not a made-up story but something happening to Coast Guard aircrews along our nation’s coasts as they take flight to save lives.


C-130 departs for Irene

Coast Guard response to Hurricane Irene

As the season’s first Atlantic hurricane, Irene’s high winds and heavy rains downed trees, took out power lines and flooded inland communities leaving millions of Americans impacted. In the end, as the storm travelled along more than 1,000 miles of […]


Air Station Savannah and Air Facility Charleston

A moonlit search, a remarkable rescue

As a family of seven cast their lines 25 miles off the coast of Charleston, S.C., for a day of fishing over Labor Day weekend, their 38-foot Fountain boat began to flood with water. They called “mayday” on their VHF […]


Video: Guardians rescue man trapped on sandbar

A Coast Guard helicopter was deployed by Air Station Savannah over the weekend to rescue a man stranded on a sandbar at the north end of South Carolina’s Kiawah Island. The man had been hiking on the beach and became stranded […]


itCG – drug bust, mishap drill, tactical boat training, Coast Guard Lady

Earlier this week, Guardians intercepted four speedboats carrying more than 260 kilos of cocaine off the coast of Mexico. The bust highlights both the importance of drug interdiction missions off Latin America but also the cooperation between the Coast Guard […]