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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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