Calling all commercial fishermen: Changes coming! Mandatory dockside safety exams to be completed by Oct. 15

Written by Seaman Sarah Wilson. In the last decade, 545 men and women left for work on a commercial fishing vessel and never returned. They never celebrated another birthday, never again hugged their loved ones, never walked their daughters down […]


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Ensuring the safety of Salmon Fishermen on the Columbia River

Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. License plates attached to trucks and trailers from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado dotted the five biggest boat ramps near the mouth of the Columbia River during the month […]


Will you go missing in action this season?

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer A seasoned detective takes in the sight of an overturned vehicle on the side of the road. A lone high-heeled shoe lies in the grass near the crumpled passenger door. The inside […]


Work Out to Speak Out: Coast Guardsmen exercise their bodies, minds for Suicide Prevention Month

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer Suicide is an issue that unfortunately affects all of us. According to the World Health Organization, someone in the world commits suicide every 40 seconds. In the U.S., someone commits suicide every […]


High and dry, Coast Guard team ensures safety in Eastern Washington.

Kennewick team works on dry land to ensure safety on waterway. U.S. Coast Guard story by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford In 1941, the United States government completed construction on what would become the largest hydropower facility and the […]


Coast Guard’s prevention mission brings Columbia Cup spectators home safely

U.S. Coast Guard story by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read When 70,000 people are expected to converge onto or near the banks of the Columbia River, somebody is responsible for their safety. The Coast Guard would be that somebody. […]


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Leadership Spotlight: Coast Guard 13th District Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year 2014

Petty Officer 1st Class Trevor Sly is a skilled avionics electrical technician, outstanding shipmate, leader, avid outdoorsman, problem solver and comedian. He’s been selected as this year’s Coast Guard 13th District Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year. Read more about what motivates Sly and why he was selected.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Wilson, an aviation survival technician at Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, is lowered from the helicopter during a cliffside rescue training exercise near Ilwaco, Wash., April 8, 2015. In the background, several beachgoers observe the training until the last helicopter leaves. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Coast Guard cliffhangers in the Pacific Northwest

It is easy for a sunny day to turn sour along the Pacific Northwest. It is easy for someone to find themselves in a precarious position while at the beach or along mountain trails. Learn more about the Coast Guardsmen who come to the rescue!


Capt. Beverly A. Havlik and Capt. John D. Reeves inspect the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy during Healy's change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle, May 2, 2013. During the ceremony, Reeves assumed the duties and responsibilities of Healy's commanding officer from Havlik. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Crystal Saladino.

From the Helm: Are you and your family ready?

By Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich, commander,  Coast Guard 13th District We have had a marvelous winter here in the Pacific Northwest with clear days and record high temperatures. However, we cannot be complacent. Stormy seas will come again and […]


Two crewmembers assigned to Coast Guard Station Quillayute River in La Push, Wash., lay a wreath into the water from a 47-foot Motor Life Boat in honor of three crewmembers who lost their lives during a rescue mission 18 years ago, Feb. 12, 2015. The crew holds a memorial ceremony every year on the anniversary of the incident. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Quillayute River.

Coast Guardsmen remember shipmates who gave all in La Push, Washington

Eighteen years ago this week, four brave men did what thousands of Coast Guard members do every day: put their lives in danger to save others. Three of them paid the ultimate price. Their shipmates have not forgotten them. Read their story here.


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