Cmdr. Alain Balmaceda, commanding officer, and Lt. James Heuser, operations officer, both of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast are presented a mini-boat aboard the Steadfast in Astoria, Ore., Feb. 7, 2018. The mini-boat built and created by middle school students from Cedar Park Middle School in Beaverton, Ore., as part of a international science project involving multiple schools from Oregon and Japan. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

Journeys across the Pacific

Story by Petty Officer Levi Read. During a recent transit down the Western Coast of the United States, the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Astoria, Oregon, encountered heavy seas with swells averaging 12 to […]


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 […]


Chief Petty Officer Christopher Sheppard, the officer-in-charge at Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Astoria, Ore., serves lunch to the students at Warrenton Elementary in Warrenton, Ore., Jan. 16, 2015. Sheppard was one of several Coast Guardsmen to volunteer at Warrenton Elementary, a school with more than 500 students. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Dishin’ it out: Food and friendship at all ages

The idea was to bring in a hero in uniform to serve the children food. In one Oregon school district Coast Guardsmen are volunteering their time to serve children and talk about everything from Coast Guard service to their favorite dinosaurs. Read more about great company and conversation over a noon meal!


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.


The Coast Guard Cutter Alert from Astoria, Ore., patrols the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of South and Central America Oct. 6, 2014. The crew of Alert will return home Sunday following a 70-day deployment in the eastern Pacific Ocean where they interdicted three suspected vessels, detained 15 suspected smugglers, and seized 3,180 pounds of cocaine with a wholesale value of more than $48 million. (Coast Guard photo by Cutter Alert)

Astoria-based Coast Guard crew returns following 70-day counter drug deployment

What do our cutters do on deployment? Alert’s crew spent 70-days deployed in the eastern Pacific Ocean Fall 2014. The pay off: three vessels interdicted, 15 suspected smugglers detained, and 3,180 pounds of cocaine siezed with a wholesale value of more than $48 million.