Coast Guard Family Month: Steadfast follower

It’s not unusual for a child to follow in their parent’s footsteps. Matthew Walker, a retired Coast Guard captain and former commanding officer of three cutters: Manitou, Polar Star and Steadfast, has two sons who followed him into the Coast Guard – Fireman Maxwell Walker, currently attending Machinery Technician “A” School in Yorktown, Virginia, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Alan Nielsen, a boatswain’s mate at Station Coos Bay in Charleston, Oregon. One of his sons even followed his footsteps to one of the very cutters he commanded.


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Shipmate of the Week – CWO Paul Zado

It’s your birthday; you’re hanging out with your family and friends. There are candles, birthday cake and presents. Relaxing right? Chief Warrant Officer Paul Zado’s first birthday underway as a Coast Guardsman was a little different. He was a petty officer hanging on for his life inside Coast Guard Cutter Planetree’s galley as 20-foot waves tossed the 180-foot long cutter. Plates flew from the dishwasher, scattering like a flock of seagulls. He couldn’t even hear his own voice over the bellowing storm.


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Shipmate of the Week – CWO James Bride

Chief Warrant Officer James Bride has spent his life at sea, making his way along the Alaskan coast, around the Pacific Rim and throughout the Atlantic basin. He has made moorings and anchorages from South America to the Arctic and from Tokyo to San Juan. That’s a lot of port calls and a lot of years. 20 years of sea duty to be exact.


Master Chief Hearn

Guardian of the Week – Master Chief Steven Hearn

Do you think you are a “salty” member of the United States Coast Guard? Well think again. How about 22 years, 2 months and 15 days of sea time; that is what it would take to be considered the “saltiest,” […]


itCG – racing the storm, hero captain, cold water rescues, master cutterman

Guardians aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba are racing the clock in an effort to tow a Gloucester lobster boat and its crew back to shore ahead of a powerful winter storm. The two boats are making approximately 4-knots of […]