Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Newton inspects a recently-cleaned .50 caliber machine gun aboard Cutter Beluga at Base Portsmouth, Va., Aug. 27, 2014. Beluga's crew was in port to prepare for an evening vessel escort. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn.

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Friday

Friday’s week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 features a new response boat small in St. Petersburg, Florida, working in tight spaces at Station Seattle, gun inspections in Portsmouth, Va., local partnership training in Kodiak, Alaska and underway preparation on the Cutter Mako in Cape May, N.J.


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Coast Guard Heroes: Bailey T. Barco

On Dec. 21, 1900, the schooner Jennie Hall had run aground in a severe winter storm off the coast of Virginia Beach, Va. Upon notification of the grounding, the Dam Neck Station Life-Saving Station keeper, Bailey T. Barco proceeded to the scene and took command. Realizing the use of the surfboat was dangerous, if not impossible, Barco directed the assembling of the beach apparatus and soon a breeches buoy had delivered all but one of the survivors to safety.


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Shipmate of the Week – Seaman Stacy Sasser

It’s anticipated that a Coast Guardsman may save a life, but it’s rarely expected that it will be that of another Coast Guardsman. But that is what Coast Guard Seaman Stacy Sasser—just four months out of basic training—found herself doing on the morning of Dec. 2, 2013.


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Foul weather feats

Fast-moving storms blew through parts of the Eastern Seaboard last week, whipping maritime communities with heavy rain and high winds. True to form for Coast Guard men and women, the foul weather was no match for the perseverance of Coast Guard crews.


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Forward to UNITAS

Coast Guard Cutter Forward, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va., represented the United States alongside their shipmates from the USS Rentz. They were joined by naval forces from Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Germany, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the United Kingdom.


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Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Thursday

Buoy operations, welding, the release of a blue heron, noon meal preps & a tow in Ketchikan, Alaska; this might be the most action-packed day yet. Check it out as we continue a Week in the Life of the Coast Guard!


Shipmate of the Week – MKCM Jennifer Lowden

As family, friends, coworkers and students gathered on the gun deck of Taylor Hall at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, many did not know that they’d be witnessing Coast Guard history. While three people were advanced to master chief petty officer that day, the advancement of Jennifer Lowden was particularly notable. Standing on the same grounds where she was a 25-year-old machinery technician student, Lowden became the first female to join the highest ranks in her profession when her husband and her mother impressed the master chief insignia onto her shirt collar.


The view from the helicopter as the Air Station Elizabeth City aircrew medevaced a boater.

Dog Days of summer?

For families across the country, the summer months signify a slowdown from the quick pace of the school year. Whether lounging by the pool or hiking a nearby trail, summer’s hot days are a time for relaxation and fun. But […]


itCG-Rescue awards, runaway barge, posthumous commendation, fisherman search, medevac

Guardians from sector Hampton Roads responded Friday morning to a runaway 571-foot barge that grounded near a fishing pier in Sandbridge, VA. A Coast Guard crew from the Atlantic Strike Team confirmed that all chemicals on board the vessel are safely […]


itCG-SAR Controllers help rescue man, CGA football in the spotlight, security zone amendment, missing fishermen

When a 911 dispatcher called Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads watchstanders to report a man was clinging to the hull of his capsized vessel, Guardians began to correlate his position based on their local area familiarization and his reported location. […]


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