Cmdr. Alain Balmaceda, commanding officer, and Lt. James Heuser, operations officer, both of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast are presented a mini-boat aboard the Steadfast in Astoria, Ore., Feb. 7, 2018. The mini-boat built and created by middle school students from Cedar Park Middle School in Beaverton, Ore., as part of a international science project involving multiple schools from Oregon and Japan. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

Journeys across the Pacific

Story by Petty Officer Levi Read. During a recent transit down the Western Coast of the United States, the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Astoria, Oregon, encountered heavy seas with swells averaging 12 to […]


A Chief’s service is pure pageantry

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read Mrs. Clatsop County stood smiling draped in a black evening gown at the back of a small stage with a black curtain backdrop. She stood among 11 of her peers, all of […]


Florence, Oregon: A Coast Guard City through action

He had been searching for suitable housing for months with no luck. It didn’t matter what search engine he used, site he visited or resource he used – there was no housing available for him and his family, but he […]


Coast Guard volunteers are pulled over during a mock traffic stop during training with the members of the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office held in the Clatsop County Fairgrounds, March 7, 2017. The volunteers acted as civilian bystanders, trouble makers, mentally unstable persons and various other roles to help simulate real world scenarios for the police department. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Enforcement: It’s all in the name of safety

Story  by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. A cop car with its lights flickering parks behind a truck with two passengers, as the officer exits his car he shouts commands to those inside the truck. The non-compliant passengers have […]


Ensuring maritime transportation safety

Photos and story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Valerie Walker. You can’t miss them. They look like buildings inexplicably floating on the river. The vessels come to the United States from all corners of the world picking up cargos like […]


Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Cody Kemp’s name plaque sits on display in his downtown Seattle office, Mar. 21, 2017. Kemp, a storekeeper stationed with the 13th District, has been in the Coast Guard for six years and enjoys hiking during his free time. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi.

One with Nature: SK2 Cody Kemp

Story and photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi.   Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Cody Kemp’s love for the outdoors started around age 13 when his father began taking him on hiking trips. Daylong trips turned […]


Chief Warrant Officer Seth Endter, the electronics officer aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, pauses for a photo in front of a bank of electrical switches, some of which date back to the 1970s, Jan. 26, 2017. Endter is responsible for overseeing the maintenance and management of all electrical and computer equipment aboard the cutter. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Meet the Polar Star crew – CWO2 Seth Endter

Chief Warrant Officer Seth Endter is deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as part of its mission to assist in the annual resupply of U.S. Antarctic Program research stations. The National Science Foundation manages the U.S. Antarctic […]


U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Fair, a machinery technician aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, pauses for a photo while conducting an inspection round of one of the cutter’s machinery spaces, Jan. 27, 2017. As a member of the cutter’s engineering crew, Fair helps oversee the safe operation of the ship’s machinery. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Meet the Polar Star crew – MK3 Adam Fair

MK3 Adam Fair is deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as part of its mission to assist in the annual resupply of U.S. Antarctic Program research stations. The National Science Foundation manages the U.S.  Antarctic Program. BACKGROUND: […]


Meet the Polar Star crew – HS1 Elizabeth Pyanowski

HS1 Elizabeth Pyanowski is deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as part of its mission to assist in the annual resupply of U.S. Antarctic Program research stations. The National Science Foundation manages the U.S. Antarctic Program. BACKGROUND: […]


A pair of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star red hats sits atop a chart of the coast of Antarctica, Jan. 10, 2017.

A red hat for a cold mission

Story and photos by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley. What started as a source of pride aboard the former Coast Guard Cutter Glacier in the mid 1970s, donning a red uniform ball cap, is now part of a rite of […]


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