Mrs. Becky Lawrence poses for a photo with her husband and daughter. Photo courtesy of the Lawrence family.

Building a community where America’s day begins

The Wanda Allen-Yearout Ombudsman of the Year award recognizes a unit ombudsman that has demonstrated the greatest commitment serving as a Coast Guard ombudsman. This year, that award went to Mrs. Becky Lawrence, ombudsman for Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia (WPB 215). Lawrence dove in to help her community in Guam as a volunteer while also dedicating her time to support Sequoia’s members and dependents. She is an outstanding role model for all Coast Guard ombudsmen, and her selection highlights the accomplishments of an invaluable command representative.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jared Bohler, a marine science technician with Marine Safety Detachment American Samoa, checks lifejacket serviceability aboard the 190-foot U.S.-flagged tuna purse seiner Raffaello during a deficiency check, Oct. 23, 2017. The Raffaello suffered a fire more than two years ago and has been effecting repairs monitored by the MSD personnel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir.

The Coast Guard, 14 degrees south of the equator

The crew of Marine Safety Detachment American Samoa consists of two officers, a first class petty officer, and a GS-12 civilian who conduct about 50 vessel exams consisting mostly of commercial fishing vessels and 25 to 30 investigations varying from pollution to marine causalities annually. While tours are short, around one year, on the island, the crews work to build strong relationships with the communities through boating and safety education as well as participating in community events.

The “Pacific Prowler” concludes its service in the Pacific

The Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat home ported in Honolulu, was recently decommissioned after nearly 26 years of service to the nation.

Crew members man the rails aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) as aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point conduct a fly-over in two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters during a commissioning ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, Oct. 31, 2017. The Oliver Berry is the first of the three Honolulu-based Fast Response Cutters that will primarily serve the main Hawaiian Islands. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle.

24th Fast Response Cutter commissioned, begins watch over Hawaiian Islands

The Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry is the first of three operational fast response cutters to be commissioned in Hawaii. The FRCs are named after Coast Guard enlisted heroes and replace the 110-foot Island-class patrol boats.

Pearl Harbor: A catalyst that forever changed Coast Guard search and rescue

Today America remembers, mourns and honors the 2,403 Americans who were lost 75 years ago during the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. While we mourn the loss of American soldiers and sailors in observance of the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, it is important to remember the resolve of the American spirit that perseveres and preserves their memory and sacrifices. In the heat of war, Coast Guard lieutenant and aviator, Frank A. Erickson theorized history’s greatest advance in rescue technology that forever changed how we conduct search and rescue.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Auxiliarist of the Year Roland Zwicky

Roland Zwicky is the epitome of a Coast Guard Auxiliarist demonstrating adaptability and an eagerness to carry out their missions. As such, he was recently recognized as the 2016 Coast Guard Auxiliarist of the Year.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officers 3rd Class Kyle Camaiore and Jonathan McKinney, both aviation maintenance technicians stationed at Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii, pose in front an HC-130 Hercules airplane Sept. 27, 2016. Camaiore and McKinney were awarded the Coast Guard Achievement Medal for their heroic actions performed while attending flight engineer school in Tampa, Florida. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Melissa E. McKenzie)

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guardsmen awarded achievement medal for life-saving actions

Two Coast Guardsmen were awarded the Coast Guard Achievement Medal after saving a woman’s life who was involved in an automobile accident.

(From left to right) U.S. Coast Guard Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Kensley Raigeluw, U.S. Coast Guard District 14, and Command Master Chief Petty Officer Ronny German, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, show pictures of when they first met at Woleai atoll in 1993 Aug. 8, 2016, on Sand Island, Hawaii. Raigeluw attributes the U.S. Coast Guard’s visit to his island of Woleai more than 20 years ago for the reason he decided to serve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Picture means more than words for Coast Guardsman

After viewing an old photograph, Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Ken Raigeluw and Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Ronny German realized that they’d first met more than 20 years ago on a Pacific atoll known as Woleai. The photo captured a moment in time that would change one of their lives forever.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Auxiliarists Mike and Paula McDonald

Coast Guard Auxiliarists Mike and Paula look for ways to give back to their community, make it better and help get those who live there a little healthier.

Dive decontamination: bringing new ideas to the surface

Capable maritime forces help ensure stability and prosperity around the world, and this year’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise helped participating nations improve those capabilities. This year’s biennial exercise held in Honolulu, Hawaii, involved 26 nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft, an estimated 25,000 personnel and took more than a year to plan. RIMPAC focuses on maritime force capabilities and providing realistic, relevant training that increases a participant nation’s abilities to plan, communicate and conduct complex maritime operations.