Petty Officer 1st Class James McArdle of the Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Mellon receives the 2015 Spring Military Information Technology Leadership Award from the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association May 28 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo courtesy Mike Carpenter.

Leadership Spotlight: Local Coast Guardsman receives 2015 Spring Military Information Technology Leadership Award

To sail a ship safely around the world, it takes a crew of men and women who are willing, from time to time, to stay up around the clock troubleshooting unexpected errors, working tirelessly on system maintenance, and ensuring safe navigation through both tame and turbulent waters. And coffee — lots of coffee. Read about Petty Officer 1st Class James McArdle’s exceptional skills that earned him the 2015 Spring Military Information Technology Leadership Award!


Copernicus Awards: Recognizing the people behind the ones and zeros

Be it a voice over the phone, words across your screen or the occasional onsite visit, it isn’t often most of us see or interact with the perpetual churning machine that makes up our information systems technician force. However the folks behind the script and the ones and zeros are essential. One of them, from Seattle, was recently with the Copernicus Award in February. Read more about Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Guthrie’s contributions!


100th Anniversary

Origins: 100 years ago a combination of services led to the modern day Coast Guard

Not long ago, the Coast Guard America knows today – the organization that saves thousands of lives at sea each year, helps keep fisheries safe and fishermen afloat, prevents thousands of tons of narcotics from reaching U.S. soil and aids mariners from around the world – faced an untimely demise. But in the wake of the loss of the Titanic then President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation that merged the Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service to establish the Coast Guard in 1915.


All in a day’s work: Multi-mission ready, a buoy tender takes to law enforcement

From aiding navigation to saving lives, seagoing buoy tenders uniquely embrace the Coast Guard spirit by executing all of the service’s missions. Read more about the Fir’s role in safeguarding Pacific Northwest fishermen.


An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., makes an approach toward Canadian Coast Guard Ship Cape Naden, a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Sidney, British Columbia, during a training exercise in Moresby Passage, Aug. 7, 2014. The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard crews organized the training event to practice skills necessary for safely completing a joint rescue along the international maritime border. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

Anchors, seas and maple leaves: U.S., Canadian coast guard conduct joint training

American and Canadian mariners alike can boat confidently with the knowledge that two coast guards are standing the watch. Ride along as Air Station Port Angeles works with the Canadian coast guard and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.