Fireman Corinne Lee and Petty Officer 3rd Class Alan Freedman get underway for a night patrol off of Block Island, R.I., Aug. 20, 2014. The crew of three (Petty Officer 3rd Class Will Holz not pictured) is responsible for standing up the temporary life saving station on the island. Taking a 45-foot response boat medium and food for a few days, the young crew is tasked with staffing the station house, cooking meals for themselves and going on search-and-rescue missions. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell.

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Wednesday

Wednesday’s week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 features light work on the Chesapeake Bay, keeping helicopters clean in Kodiak, Alaska, a summer station patrol near Rhode Island, making sure they’re feed at Station Cape Disappointment and getting a dewatering pump to a boat in need far way.


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Ringing in the New Year with rhyme: Ashore

On New Year’s Eve the midnight log entry at a Coast Guard unit takes on a life of its own and is traditionally written as a poem. The Compass reached out to those standing the mid-watch to share the tradition of applying verse to the log as we all rung in 2013.


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2012 Videos of the Year: Advanced Helicopter Rescue School

We are at the half-way point for our videos, and today’s video take us to a one of kind training school, the Coast Guard’s Advanced Helicopter Rescue School in Astoria, Ore. The school places rescue aircrews in some of the most […]


National Motor Lifeboat School

National Motor Lifeboat School comes to the East Coast

Post Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class James Rhodes, Public Affairs Specialist The ocean can be a dangerous place, especially in the North Atlantic. Perhaps you have seen or heard about a sea rescue on the news, or maybe someone […]


Coast Guard announces 2009 photo contest winners …

Following on the heels of the first-ever People’s Choice photo contest, the official 2009 Coast Guard photo contest winners have been announced. The judges met last month to review the nearly 800 photos submitted from across the Coast Guard family. […]