Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Cassandra Kintzley, a gunner’s mate at Coast Guard Sector Boston, works at the Fort Devens firing range, in Massachusetts, Sept. 20, 2017, to qualify Coast Guard members in weapons handling. Kintzley, a highly skilled shooter, trains Coast Guard men and women who enforce maritime laws, and protect Northeast ports and waterways. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Petty Officer 2nd Class Cassandra Kintzley

With a sharp eye and soft hand, Petty Officer 2nd Class Cassandra Kintzley trains Coast Guard men and women who enforce maritime laws, and protect Northeast ports and waterways. Her delicate instructing style helps ease newcomers’ nerves on the range. Her goal is not only teaching people to shoot, but to instill necessary confidence when using a weapon.


A team of shooters from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage aim at targets during The Adjutant General's Marksmanship Match on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 9, 2017. Team Sector Anchorage received the Alaska National Guard Adjutant General's Marksmanship Proficiency Award. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A higher caliber of skill

This year the Alaska National hosted 11 four-person teams and a few individual shooters for The Adjutant General Match, an annual marksmanship competition, held on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 8-10, 2017. The Coast Guard brought a four-man team composed of members from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.


Photo illustration of GM1 Charlie Petrotto by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin and Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Foguth.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: GM1 Charlie Petrotto

As the armory supervisor at the Coast Guard Academy and a competitive shooter, Petty Officer 1st Class Charlie Petrotto has been able to follow his passion for competitive shooting by working with the cadets on the shooting teams and hone his own skills as a marksman. Petrotto’s personal commitment, marksmanship and experience has brought in a fresh perspective to competitive shooting at the Academy.


#CG227: Advancing equality in the weapons specialty

During a ceremony in late June, Chief Petty Officer Crystal Martens became the first female gunner’s mate to be promoted to chief warrant officer (WEPS) in the weapons specialty.

The gunner’s mate rate is one of the oldest in the Coast Guard however it didn’t see it’s first female chief petty officer until 2011 and the first female senior chief wasn’t advanced until 2014. Martens’s recent accomplishment highlights the strides women continue to make while serving in the armed forces.


Unity of Effort

In the Zone: Unity of Effort

Stepping aboard an unfamiliar ship for the first time can be overwhelming. But, a ship is a ship, and sailors are sailors, used to quickly adapting regardless of the vessel. On January 20, 2015, three khaki-clad Mexican Naval officers came on board the 418-foot Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, arguably the most advanced and mission capable cutter in the fleet, and were quickly made to feel at home.


Shipmate of the Week – GMC Jesse Meerscheidt

For many, the morning commute to work involves traffic delays, routine routes and mile upon mile of repetition. But for one Coast Guard member, a morning commute turned into a moment to save a life.


Chief Werner

Shipmate of the Week – GMC Kristin Werner

March is Women’s History Month. In honor of the many contributions women have made to the history of our service, we bring you the stories of the female leaders of today’s Coast Guard. This week, we are highlighting the contributions […]