For The Love Of The Plane

Lt. Cmdr. Harry Greene has a passion for flying both on and off duty. He is a helicopter pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and an aircraft enthusiast in his off-duty time.


Laser beam

Blinded by the light

Weather conditions, crew responsiveness, incoming hazards and myriad meters, gauges and measurements. These are just a few of the things a pilot has to be wary of when flying an aircraft. A new concern is affecting Coast Guard pilots from Cape Cod, to Hawaii, from Puerto Rico to Seattle. Every air station in the Coast Guard is on the lookout for a simple beam of light.


Cmdr. Graham

Helicopter pilot #2 – CDR Stewart Graham

Graham is credited with many helicopter firsts, including the first wartime anti-submarine patrol requiring him to perform the first take-off and landing from a vessel on the high seas. In 1947 he successfully completed the Coast Guard’s first-ever night helicopter medical evacuation. As one of the first to use this technique, Graham was instrumental in exhibiting the capabilities and possibilities of rotary-wing technology to decision makers ensuring support for helicopter programs for decades to come.


The right to serve & defend your country

Mentorship often involves the sharing of personal experiences and stories passed down among generations with the sole purpose of bettering the life of others. Over the past week, the story of the Tuskegee Airmen has likely become the focal point […]


Remembering LT Colleen Cain 30 years later

Lt. Colleen Cain, a Coast Guard reservist, became the service’s first female helicopter pilot in June 1979. Tragically, her life was cut short thirty years ago today. Earning her commission from Officer Candidate School in 1976, Cain had her sights […]


Video of the Year contest

Day 8: Coast Guard Video of the Year

Our eighth video features Coast Guard Air Station Astoria rescuing a 17-year-old boy after he fell from a 200-foot cliff in Lewis and Clark State Park, Wash. Lt. Mark Lynch, a Royal Australian Navy pilot flying the case, narrates the video. Click on the post to watch the video and find out how to vote for your favorite…


Remembering 9/11

Remembering 9/11, Nine Years Later – CDR Michael Day

As the nation reflects on the ninth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, we bring you the story of a Coast Guardsmen who helped organize one of the largest mass evacuations in U.S. history. On September 11, 2001, Lieutenant Michael […]


Different Firsts for Coast Guard UAS Pilots

The Coast Guard Compass blog ran a Guardian of the Week feature on November 6 about LT Thomas Shuler being the first operational UAS pilot. We have since received a comment challenging LT Shuler’s status as the first operational UAS […]


Guardian of the Week – LT Thomas Shuler

LT Thomas Shuler is pioneering the Coast Guard’s UAS (Unmanned Aerial Surveillance) program by earning the distinction of being our first operational Predator MQ-9 Pilot. LT Shuler is part of a small team of Coast Guard officers based at ATC […]


itCG-half mast, helicopter rescue, missing pilot, fuel spill, investigation

Guardians from Air Station Astoria, OR responded to a 911 call and hoisted a man from the Nekanicum River on Sunday. An MH-60 helicopter successfully rescued the boater after his canoe flipped in heavy surf. Thankfully, Guardians arrived in time […]


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