Below Zero: Dressing for cold weather

Weather can be tricky. Even in 50°, if you’ve got 20 mph winds, temperatures actually drop down to near freezing. On days like these, it’s best to bundle up. Loss of coordination, rational thinking and motor skills can set in within minutes. If you must go outside, we’ve provided some great tips for dressing in cold weather.

Operation Trident Fury

Operation Trident Fury: An exercise with northern neighbors

Everyone enjoys having a friendly neighbor. The biennial Trident Fury exercise, led by the Royal Canadian navy, is designed to build and reinforce a strong working relationship between the maritime forces of the U.S. and Canada. This year, it included live gunnery exercises, maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare training. Learn more about this critical strategic partnership!

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. j.g. Jessie Cuttie

As a junior officer taking on a huge responsibility, Cuttie may not have had all the answers at first. But with unwavering determination and the support of her crew, she made sure Active was always ready to answer the call.

2014 Videos of the Year: Pacific Northwest Time Lapse

2014 Videos of the Year: Pacific Northwest Time Lapse

See the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, featured throughout several Coast Guard units, in the seventh video in this year’s top 10 video competition.

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Shipmate of the Week – BMC Benjamin Snider

Station Umpqua River is home to a crew of dedicated Coast Guardsmen, sentinels to the abundance of recreational and commercial fisherman in the region. The station is remote, isolated and bears witness to some of the worst water there is. It’s also home to Chief Petty Officer Benjamin Snider, an extraordinarily skilled surfman.


Shipmate of the Week – BM2 Chris Ouellette

Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Ouellette was fresh out of boot camp in July 2007 when he was assigned to Station Grays Harbor. He arrived at his first Coast Guard unit ready to learn. Fast forward to today and Ouellette has more than just learned; he has mastered. Ouellette has earned the title of Coast Guard surfman No. 473. Along with his title of surfman, he has also earned the unofficial title of “seaman to surfman” at Grays Harbor – meaning he arrived at the unit a seaman and will be leaving a surfman.

MK1 Michael Jordan

Shipmate of the Week – MK1 Michael Jordan

Maintaining aids to navigation essential to the Pacific Northwest’s major shipping ports, including Coos Bay, Portland and Seattle, are the men and women aboard Coast Guard Cutter Fir. But like all Coast Guard cutters, Fir does more than just the […]

In service to the light

In service to the light

Written by by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler. Pass by pass, an old lens turns through the decades. It is part of the rhythm of the Umpqua Coast. Turning with the ebb and flood of the tides, the […]

The art of a cliff rescue

With contributions from Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn. The rocky cliffs and jagged terrain that makes up the Pacific Northwest’s coastline provides a variety of unique missions and challenges for rescue teams.  Crews here perform rescues not only on […]

Coast Guard & Air Force: A tradition of training

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn. The success of U.S. Coast Guard missions depends largely on the experience and expertise of our members.  Sometimes, Coast Guard missions and missions of other U.S. armed services overlap, providing the opportunity […]

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