Coast Guard volunteers are pulled over during a mock traffic stop during training with the members of the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office held in the Clatsop County Fairgrounds, March 7, 2017. The volunteers acted as civilian bystanders, trouble makers, mentally unstable persons and various other roles to help simulate real world scenarios for the police department. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Enforcement: It’s all in the name of safety

Story  by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. A cop car with its lights flickering parks behind a truck with two passengers, as the officer exits his car he shouts commands to those inside the truck. The non-compliant passengers have […]


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 […]


U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Courtney Will (left), a damage controlman deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, ensures the working condition of onboard safety equipment with members of Polar Star’s crew, Jan. 12, 2017. The Polar Star’s crew conducts this deployment as part of the yearly operation to provide needed supplies to the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic research stations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Robert Kuhl.

Meet the Polar Star crew – DC3 Courtney Will

DC3 Courtney Will 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: […]


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 […]


Coast Guard members from Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles stand by at a triage area during a joint agency mass rescue exercise in Port Angeles, Wash., Sept. 27, 2016. Federal, State, County and Canadian agencies responded to a simulated vessel taking on water after hitting a submerged object near Ediz Hook Light and worked together to establish a Unified Command Center. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi.

Team Coast Guard Coordinates Multi-Agency Mass Rescue Exercise

Coast Guard members from Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles stand by at a triage area during a joint agency mass rescue exercise in Port Angeles, Wash., Sept. 27, 2016. Federal, State, County and Canadian agencies responded to a simulated […]


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 […]


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 […]


Petty Officer 1st Class Troy Shaw, a food service specialist on the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, takes time for a photograph in his newly renovated galley aboard the Steadfast in Astoria, Ore., June 16, 2016. Shaw was the recent recipient of the Galley of the Year award for large cutter afloat. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Well-provisioned winnings; Galley of the Year to Shaw

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg. Napoleon Bonaparte once said, “An army marches on its stomach,” in reference to the importance of a well-provisioned force. For the men and women of the United States Coast Guard, this saying […]


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