Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Cody Kemp’s name plaque sits on display in his downtown Seattle office, Mar. 21, 2017. Kemp, a storekeeper stationed with the 13th District, has been in the Coast Guard for six years and enjoys hiking during his free time. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi.

One with Nature: SK2 Cody Kemp

Story and photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi.   Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Cody Kemp’s love for the outdoors started around age 13 when his father began taking him on hiking trips. Daylong trips turned […]


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 […]


Fleet of Flowers: A community’s tradition

Story and photos by Seaman Johanna Strickland. After two local fishermen, Ray Bower and Jack Chambers, lost their lives in the 1930s to a tempestuous sea in a harrowing rescue attempt near Depoe Bay, Oregon, the community cast flowers upon the […]


A small boat crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon conducts air operations training with a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew while underway May 27, 2015. The crew of the Mellon, a 378-foot high-endurance cutter homeported in Seattle, has been patrolling the high seas in search of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing activity in support of Operation North Pacific Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Mellon.

High-Seas Driftnets: Destroyers of the Deep

“Everything,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Roy Hawes, a boatswain’s mate assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon. “Everything dies.” Since the Mellon, a 378-foot high-endurance cutter, left its homeport in Seattle in April for Operation North Pacific Guard, the crew has been patrolling the high seas in search of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing activity, including high seas driftnet fishing. Read more about this threat to our vital oceans and the Coast Guard’s role.


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!


Members of the Galley Staff enjoy time on the ice in McMurdo Sound while the ship hove to for the night. Pictured left to right: Second Class Petty Officer Arianne Gunn, Third Class Petty Officer Oscar Delgado, First Class Petty Officer Jason Buchanan, Third Class Petty Officer Katherine Spurgeon, Third Class Petty Officer Alfred Laicer, Third Class Petty Officer Nichol Stuchell.

Large Afloat Galley of the Year goes to…Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star

Can you picture serving 103,000 meals, for up to 10 weeksaboard ship without a port call, and passage through some of the roughest seas on the planet? That’s just what Polar Star’s Food Service Division has done. Read more about what makes them the Coast Guard’s Large Afloat Dining Facility of the Year!


Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Wenzel on Coast Guard Cutter Active in Port Angeles, Wash., May 14, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer.

Leadership Spotlight: Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Wenzel

If you’re fortunate enough to be sailing on Coast Guard Cutter Active, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Port Angeles, Washington, you call one person – Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Wenzel. Learn more about his leadership and contributions that keep Active running!


Operation Trident Fury

Operation Tridet Fury: An exercise with northern neighbors

Everyone enjoys having a friendly neighbor. The biennial Trident Fury exercise, led by the Royal Canadian navy, is designed to build and reinforce a strong working relationship between the maritime forces of the U.S. and Canada. This year, it included live gunnery exercises, maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare training. Learn more about this cirtical strategic partnership!


Lt. j.g. Jessie Cuttie

Leadership Spotlight: Lt j.g. Jessie Cuttie

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer At every military unit, there is one person who is expected to know everything at all times — the operations officer. They work tirelessly to ensure that all members are […]


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 […]


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