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 […]


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 […]