Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Basso examines the repair on a watertight door aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) Feb. 2, 2019. Bertholf is operating in the Western Pacific in support of the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer John Masson.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: DC3 Nicholas Basso

A ship operating away from home can seem like its own tiny, self-contained universe. There’s no calling a paramedic, a police officer, or a plumber when something goes wrong.

That’s why it’s a good thing the Coast Guard has people like Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicholas Basso, a damage controlman, aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750). When everyday issues arise, such as a door that won’t close properly or a sink that won’t drain, it’s people like Basso who ride to the rescue.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: ME3 Denim Kurtis

For Petty Officer 3rd Class Denim Kurtis, law enforcement is a family affair. His mother is a deputy sheriff, and his father-in-law is an investigator for the San Francisco district attorney’s office.

So when Kurtis felt the call to serve his country, the Coast Guard’s maritime enforcement specialty was a natural fit.

Today, Kurtis serves aboard Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf where he is one of two maritime enforcement specialists assigned to the ship.


U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schutlz, Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Gould, and Reserve Force Master Chief Petty Officer George Williamson pose for a photo at the Enlisted Person of the Year award ceremony in Washington, D.C., April 25, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jetta Disco.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Gould

The Coast Guard recognized Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Gould as the 2018 Enlisted Person of the Year for the Reserve Component. Gould is a boatswain’s mate with Port Security Unit 311 out of San Pedro, Calif., and is an inveterate volunteer in his professional and personal life.


Clay Evans, the Maritime Search and Rescue Western Region superintendent (left), and Capt. Brian Glander, the Coast Guard 11th District chief of incident management (right), present Ken White with the Coast Guard Public Service Commendation award at his home in Powell River, British Columbia, Feb. 9, 2019. White has dedicated more than 40 years of service to assisting mariners in distress. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Ken White, Angel of the Airwaves

Ken White, a Canadian citizen, has dedicated more than 40 years to helping mariners in distress. He monitors a wide range of emergency frequencies and quickly passes any information on through to the Rescue Coordination Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Alameda, California. For his endless dedication to helping the maritime community, the Coast Guard awarded White the Coast Guard Public Service Commendation.


Chief Petty Officer Milton Casey, a company commander at Training Center Cape May, poses for a photo in the entryway of Munro Hall, a barracks located at Training Center Cape May, N.J., March 26, 2019. Casey volunteers his time for the Coast Guard as well as his local community, church, and children in Haiti. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Brahm.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Chief Petty Officer Milton Casey

Coast Guard recruits who have recently spent time at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, may know Chief Petty Officer Milton Casey as a stern company commander. Beyond his duties training incoming service members with his authoritative voice, Smokey Bear hat and unnaturally shiny boots, he is a dedicated family man and consummate community volunteer.


James J. Coleman, Jr. at the 2014 Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard in New York City. Photo courtesy of the Coast Guard Foundation.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: James “Jimmy” Coleman

James “Jimmy” Coleman, Jr. never served in uniform but he was a well-respected member of the U.S. Coast Guard family. Coleman was a philanthropist who very much believed in the Coast Guard mission and its history. One could say the National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut, would not be what it is today without him. Coleman died at 77 on March 21, 2019 in his hometown of New Orleans.


The U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South crew members were awarded Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019 with the Humanitarian Service Medal for their relief efforts during Hurricane Irma in 2017. TACLET South crew members were Lt. Thomas Chronet , Chief Petty Officer Andrew Lloyd, Petty Officer First Class Edward Hinshelwood, Petty Officer Second Class Julian Cubbies, Petty Officer Second Class George Soto, Petty Officer First Class Anton Lesovsky and Petty Officer First Class Michael Kugelmann. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Erik Villa Rodriguez.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South

The U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South crew members were awarded with the Humanitarian Service Medal for their relief efforts during Hurricane Irma in 2017. Between 2017 and 2018, TACLET South Law Enforcement Detachment Teams deployed onboard three Royal Netherlands Navy vessels totaling over 170 days at sea, seized 2,056 kilograms of cocaine and successfully utilized Airborne Use of Force on three occasions to stop drug-smuggling vessels.


Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Aviles. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Barney)

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: SK1 Anthony Aviles

Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Aviles is never seen around Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach without a smile. He was honored as the 2018 Base Enlisted Person of the Year for his go-getter personality who enthusiastically tackles his primary job and also takes the time to volunteer for other duties.

“I can make my dreams come true as long as I work hard and invest in different opportunities available to me.”


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Women of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy

HERstories are stories presented from a female’s viewpoint with special attention to the experience of women. The women presented in this blog exemplify the Coast Guard’s values of Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty. These women share their HERstories of challenges, successes and initiatives as female in the Coast Guard.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. David Irving, Cutter Bertholf’s physician assistant keeps crew “Semper Paratus”

There are a few things Coast Guard planners can count on when putting together a ship’s deployment to some of the most remote areas of the globe.

Things on the ship will break, plans will change – and there’s at least a chance someone will get hurt. It’s that last factor that concerns people like Lt. David Irving, a Coast Guard physician assistant aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750).


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