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 Sarah Laicer, a yeoman aboard the Cutter Polar Star, sits on the frozen Ross Sea during ice liberty off the coast of Antarctica, Jan. 11, 2017. Crew members were given a few hours of ice liberty to take photos, play games and stretch their legs after a wee- long transit from Australia to Antarctica. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Meet the Polar Star crew – YN2 Sarah Laicer

YN2 Sarah Laicer 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: Name/rate/rank: […]


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. […]


The art of icebreaking

Story and pictures by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley. The process of icebreaking involves more than using the biggest hammer and busting your way through. Even the biggest hammer can be broken if mistakes are made. To some, the Coast […]


Chief Warrant Officer Clifford Mooneyham, enginerring officer, Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender, stands in front of the Fir after a practice scuba dive at Tongue Point in Astoria, Ore., Sept. 9, 2016. Mooneyham also served aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, homeported in Astoria, prior to serving aboard the Fir. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

CWO Mooneyham; underwater volunteer

U.S. Coast Guard story and photos by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. Many Coast Guard personnel voluntarily sign up to serve our country either for a few years or for an entire career. But once they start receiving a […]


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 […]


The treacherous trail to a bird’s-eye view of our district

Story by Seaman Sarah Wilson. The life of every Coast Guardsman is filled with hills to climb, whether leaving family behind to sail the seas, taking the notoriously difficult servicewide exam to achieve lifelong career goals or being first responder […]


Meet Your Coast Guard Reserve

This is the 27th post of a month-long question and answer series, introducing members of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Northwest Reserve Force and recognizing their contributions to our country and community. Lieutenant Lee Northcutt U.S. Coast Guard Reserve Port Security […]


Meet Your Coast Guard Reserve

This is the seventh post of a month-long question and answer series, introducing members of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Northwest Reserve Force and recognizing their contributions to our country and community. Chief Warrant Officer Paul C. Bostwick U.S. Coast Guard […]


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Ensuring the safety of Salmon Fishermen on the Columbia River

Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. License plates attached to trucks and trailers from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado dotted the five biggest boat ramps near the mouth of the Columbia River during the month […]


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