U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Carrillo, 37, of El Paso, Texas, poses for a photograph, Oct. 7, 2018, approximately 650 north of Barrow, Alaska. Carrillo is a marine science technician stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) and serves as a liaison between the ship's command cadre and a team of scientists conducting research in the arctic. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangemi.

Out of his native element: El Paso native trades desert sands for Arctic waters

In 2015, Petty Officer 1st Class Sean Carrillo, a marine science technician, stepped off a 420-foot icebreaker and onto the North Pole for the first time. The barren and frigid landscape was vastly different from the desert sands he grew up with more than 4,000 miles away in El Paso, Texas. Due to a bad back, Carrillo deviated from law enforcement to marine science, which eventually led him to join the small community of Arctic blue nose polar bear sailors.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MST2 Zac Edwards

Petty Officer 2nd Class Zac Edwards’s wedding to his wife Cindy was more exciting than he ever imagined. While taking photos after the ceremony, he noticed a teenage boy struggling in the current about 60 yards from Orange Beach, Alabama. With Cindy’s urging, Zac hurried to rescue the boy.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MST2 Giacomo Terrizzi

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MST2 Giacomo Terrizzi

Some of these Coast Guard men and women stand out above the rest. They not only achieve mission excellence, they demand it. They not only dedicate their time to the service, they dedicate their lives. They not only sit comfortably where they are in the rank structure, they continually strive to become more. Such is the case with Petty Officer 2nd Class Giacomo Terrizzi.

500 baby turtles get a lift

One of the core missions of the U.S. Coast Guard is marine environmental protection. Whether educating the boating public about reducing speeds around manatees, enforcing protection zones for whales or working with partner agencies to remove derelict fishing nets from reefs, the Coast Guard ensures our nation’s waterways and their ecosystems remain healthy and sustainable.

Marine science technician

Why I Serve: MST1 Forrest PhiferSpens

As a conservation biologist, I work for the preservation and conservation of natural resources. As a reserve marine science technician, I get to extend my work from the terrestrial side to the ocean side. Living in Hawai’i the ocean is a part of our daily lives and is valued by the people who live there. Being a member of the Coast Guard Reserve allows a seamless blend of my two jobs.

Graduation Day

Shipmate of the Week – MST3 Jessica Evans

It was an exciting day at the Airman Leadership School. After five weeks of developing leadership aptitude and building effective communication skills, the future enlisted leaders of the U.S. Air Force gathered for graduation day. As awards and speeches were given, the graduates recited a creed unusual for an Air Force ceremony – the Creed of the United States Coast Guardsman. Amongst the graduating students and representing the Coast Guard along with many of our nation’s finest young leaders from the Air Force was Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Evans.

Shipmate of the Week – MST2 Nicole Emmons

The Coast Guard is unique among America’s military services. As a multi-mission organization responsible for everything from search and rescue, to coastal homeland security, to environmental protection of the nation’s waterways, Coast Guard personnel must be always ready to perform […]