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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


The treacherous trail to a bird’s-eye view of our district

Story by Seaman Sarah Wilson. The life of every Coast Guardsman is filled with hills to climb, whether leaving family behind to sail the seas, taking the notoriously difficult servicewide exam to achieve lifelong career goals or being first responder […]


BMCM Dave Duren: A Surfman Legend

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. Master Chief Petty Officer Dave Duren is considered a legend by many, and his legacy is carried on by those who strive for and earn the Coast Guard’s surfman qualification. Nicknamed “Big […]


Meet Your Coast Guard Reserve

This is the 22nd post of a month-long question and answer series, introducing members of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Northwest Reserve Force and recognizing their contributions to our country and community. Boatswain’s Mate First Class Michael Christensen U.S. Coast Guard […]


Meet Your Coast Guard Reserve

This is the eighteenth post of a month-long question and answer series, introducing members of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Northwest Reserve Force and recognizing their contributions to our country and community. Yeoman First Class Kay Dolan U.S. Coast Guard Reserve […]


Meet Your Coast Guard Reserve

This is the fourteenth post of a month-long question and answer series, introducing members of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Northwest Reserve Force and recognizing their contributions to our country and community. Yeoman, Second Class Julia Skrabacz U.S. Coast Guard Reserve […]


Meet Your Coast Guard Reserve

This is the thirteenth post of a month-long question and answer series, introducing members of the Coast Guard’s Pacific Northwest Reserve Force and recognizing their contributions to our country and community. Lieutenant Junior Grade Chris LaRocque U.S. Coast Guard Reserve […]


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