Lt. Adam Erwin, U.S. Coast Guard 1st District reserve chaplain, deployed aboard the Cutter Polar Star, poses for a photo while on the cutter’s bridge, Jan. 14, 2017. Erwin is responsible for the spiritual, emotional and religious support of the Polar Star crew during their deployment to Antarctica. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Meet the Polar Star crew – Lt. Adam Erwin

Lt. Adam Erwin 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: […]


U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Courtney Will (left), a damage controlman deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, ensures the working condition of onboard safety equipment with members of Polar Star’s crew, Jan. 12, 2017. The Polar Star’s crew conducts this deployment as part of the yearly operation to provide needed supplies to the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic research stations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Robert Kuhl.

Meet the Polar Star crew – DC3 Courtney Will

DC3 Courtney Will 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 – Cmdr. Mary Ellen Durley

Cmdr. Mary Ellen Durley 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. […]


Surfman past and present from throughout Sector North Bend gather in front of Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay for a ceremony in Newport, Ore, Jan. 12, 2017.

A Legacy of Surf Continues

Photos and story by Seaman Johanna Strickland. Driving by Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon, and noticing the group of men posed in front of the 36-foot Motor Life Boat on Jan. 12, 2017, one would probably not […]


Seamanship students work to refurbish a small boat at the Tongue Point Job Corps center in Astoria, Ore., Oct. 13, 2016. The Tongue Point Job Corps facility has 473 students participating in 16 hard and soft trade training programs, 120 of which are enrolled in the seamanship program.

Training trades

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg. People come from all walks of life, from rich to poor, such as those able to afford a college education to those who struggle to graduate high school. Combine that […]


Coast Guard members from Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles stand by at a triage area during a joint agency mass rescue exercise in Port Angeles, Wash., Sept. 27, 2016. Federal, State, County and Canadian agencies responded to a simulated vessel taking on water after hitting a submerged object near Ediz Hook Light and worked together to establish a Unified Command Center. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi.

Team Coast Guard Coordinates Multi-Agency Mass Rescue Exercise

Coast Guard members from Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles stand by at a triage area during a joint agency mass rescue exercise in Port Angeles, Wash., Sept. 27, 2016. Federal, State, County and Canadian agencies responded to a simulated […]


Elliott and Luna: A Coast Guard explosive detection team

Story and photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi. Passing long rows of cars, her senses are overwhelmed as she gets closer to her goal. Her shiny, black coast slinks between the vehicles, darting in and out of sight […]


Senior Chief Petty Officer Cory Wadley, officer in charge, Coast Guard Station Quillayute River stands near the station boat house in La Push, Wash., Sept. 2, 2016.

Creating a Coast Guard Culture of Excellence

Video, story and photos by Seaman Sarah Wilson. Like all good nautical terms, it began with sails. To square away meant the yards — that is, the poles that support the sails — were set at right angles to the deck, […]


A Coast Guard crewmember from Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound, in Seattle, climbs a ladder in order to service a fixed light beacon near North Swinomish Channel, Aug. 17, 2016.

Lighting the Way: Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound

  Video, story and photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi. A Coast Guard crew from Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) Puget Sound keep a wary eye out while beginning a long overdue trip to Anacortes, Wash., to service important […]


Boat crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Seattle speak with local boaters about proper safety equipment during an inspection on Lake Washington during Seafair festivities in Seattle, Aug. 6, 2016. Now in its 67th year, Seafair is an annual Seattle event that celebrates summer in the Pacific Northwest. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford.

Coast Guard keeps watch during Seattle’s Seafair weekend

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lara Davis. The 67th annual Seafair Weekend on the water, land and in the air took place August 5th through 7th, 2016. Seafair is considered by many to be one of the fun ways […]


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