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 […]


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: […]


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: […]


Seaman Allison Follett, a deck department crew member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, stands for a photo in front of the ship while standing the in port watch while the cutter was visiting Sydney, Australia, Dec. 31, 2016. Follett is one of more than 140 crew members who make up the crew of the 399-foot heavy icebreaker, which is homeported in Seattle. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Meet the Polar Star crew – Seaman Allison Follett

Seaman Allison Follett 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: […]


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 […]


Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Garett Brada, a diver deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, checks his dive gauges before a cold water ice dive off of McMurdo Station, Jan. 19, 2017. Divers bring the option of sub-surface support for the cutter’s command, in the event repairs or inspections are needed. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Meet the Polar Star crew – DV2 Garett Brada

DV2 Garett Brada 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: […]


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: […]


Lt. j.g. Andrew Constant, a junior officer aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Polar Star, speaks with the bridge while standing the engineering watch, ensuring the safe operation of the cutter’s power plant systems and other essential equipment, Jan. 6, 2017.

Meet the Polar Star crew – Lt. j.g. Andrew Constant

Lt. j.g. Andrew Constant 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. […]


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