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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


A group of Coast Guardsmen and two civilians pose for a photo in Langley, Wash., after they completed the 2016 Ragnar Relay Northwest Passage as a team, July 16, 2016.

Coast Guardsmen keep cadence across Pacific Northwest to uphold shipmate spirit

Story by Seaman Sarah Wilson. It’s hour six of a race through the Northwest Passage in Washington. Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Brown paces anxiously along a pine-rimmed road. Soon it will be his turn to battle the course, taking […]


Fleet of Flowers: A community’s tradition

Story and photos by Seaman Johanna Strickland. After two local fishermen, Ray Bower and Jack Chambers, lost their lives in the 1930s to a tempestuous sea in a harrowing rescue attempt near Depoe Bay, Oregon, the community cast flowers upon the […]


BMCM Dave Duren: A Surfman Legend

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. Master Chief Petty Officer Dave Duren is considered a legend by many, and his legacy is carried on by those who strive for and earn the Coast Guard’s surfman qualification. Nicknamed “Big […]


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