Saving Grace: A Coast Guard family’s battle against AT/RT

At eight-months-old, Grace Skuches fights a battle against a rare brain tumor. With the support of the Coast Guard standing strong behind her, Grace’s family is ever hopeful and devoted in faith that they will get through this trying time.

Mascot Monday: Meet Nike of Station Jones Beach

Meet Nike, station mascot and loyal member of Coast Guard Station Jones Beach. Nike enjoys long swims on the beach and keeping crewmembers company during watch and station checks. Continue reading for more about this loving mascot.

U.S. Life Saving Serice crew landing rescued

Coast Guard Heroes: Joseph O. Doyle

Joseph O. Doyle was appointed keeper of the Charlotte, New York Life Saving Station July 11, 1878. As keeper, he secured the appointment of a paid crew and became known as one of the most distinguished surfmen attached to the U.S. Life-Saving Service.

Month of the Military Family: Running the NYC Marathon

If finishing a marathon is on your bucket list thinking about the ‘why’ could be what’s standing in the way of crossing it off. Why would anyone want to run 26.2 miles? Try refocusing your energy on the ‘how’ – ask yourself, “How can I accomplish the incredible feat of running a marathon?” On a cold Sunday morning, with winds reaching 40 mph on Staten Island, that answer was clear – family.

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Monday

For the past 224 years the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests, providing a 24/7 presence along America’s rivers, ports, coastline and on the high seas. But while the Coast Guard’s presence and impact is regional, national and international, our operations are often out of sight.

BM2 Jovan Morales

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: BM2 Jovan Morales

Originally founded in 1849 by the New York Lifesaving Benevolent Association, Coast Guard Station Eatons Neck, N.Y., is the oldest Coast Guard Station in New York and the fourth oldest in the United States. The Eatons Neck Lighthouse is the second oldest lighthouse on Long Island and the sixth oldest in the United States. The first known keeper to the lighthouse was Darius Ruland, who was appointed at the age of 49 on September 14, 1876. Since then, many noteworthy Coast Guard members have contributed to the station’s success as a beacon of hope for boaters in distress. Continuing the traditions of great light keepers and notable local heros like Petty Officer Nathan Bruckenthal is Petty Officer 2nd Class Jovan Morales.


Warm air ≠ warm water

Despite a cold start to spring in many areas of the country, the temperatures are finally heating up. With sunny skies, many boaters are looking to get out on water for the first time this year. The warm weather is deceiving, however, as the water in many places is still dangerously cold.

DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal Ceremony April 18, 2014

In memory of Nate

Two members from the Coast Guard Auxiliary band performed ceremonial hymns that echoed through the air as family members took their seats and members of the Coast Guard filed in rows encircling the wooden podium. Against it rested a framed photo of late Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, looking back at those in attendance at the ceremony.

Fire Island

Shipmate of the Week – Charles Baack

One man got Tuesdays with Morrie, but at Station Fire Island the entire crew is fortunate enough to get Wednesdays with Charles Baack. Since 1976 Charles W. Baack has stood faithful to Station Fire Island as a communications watchstander and break-in trainer. What’s more amazing than that, is he is 97 years young and remains as sharp as a whip!

security zone

Securing Super Bowl XLVIII

New York-based Coast Guard units are no strangers when it comes to assisting with large-scale events in the area but for the first time in history, area crews put in a team effort alongside local New York and New Jersey authorities to safeguard a Super Bowl event. Having provided security for the United Nations General Assembly, Macy’s Fourth of July Firework display, Fleet Week and the NYC Marathon in previous years, the opportunity for the Coast Guard’s assets to assist with Super Bowl XLVIII was also a success.

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