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 […]


Seaman Allison Follett, a deck department crew member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, stands for a photo in front of the ship while standing the in port watch while the cutter was visiting Sydney, Australia, Dec. 31, 2016. Follett is one of more than 140 crew members who make up the crew of the 399-foot heavy icebreaker, which is homeported in Seattle. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Meet the Polar Star crew – Seaman Allison Follett

Seaman Allison Follett 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: Name/rate/rank: […]


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 […]


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 Guardsman surveys the waters alongside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent while conducting border patrol and law enforcement operations on Lake Koocanusa in Montana, July 9, 2016. This cooperative mission helps build better partnerships and training between the two agencies. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Brian Hennessy.

Big Sky Border Patrol, a Team Effort

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg. Photos by Chief Warrant Officer Brian Hennessy. The Libby Dam was built in 1972 on the Kootenay River in the northwest corner of Montana. The dam formed a massive lake which dissects […]


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 […]


Soldiers from the U.S. Army 10th Special Forces Group, out of Army Base Fort Carson, Colo., prepare their Zodiac rigid-hulled inflatable boats for deployment while aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot Sea-going Buoy Tender during transit off the northern coast of Oregon, June 22, 2016. The cutter supplied equipment storage and deployment during a joint-agency operation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Class Levi Read.

Global impact of an everyday job

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. Two tactically-loaded Zodiac rigid-hulled inflatable boats disappear into the jagged backdrop and shadows of the cliffside that towers over the massive expanse of the Pacific Ocean. The occupants of the boats are […]


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