Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Whitehead, a boatswains mate and the operations petty officer at Aids to Navigation Team Kennewick, navigates the unit’s 26-foot Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boat up the Snake River Sept. 23, 2014.

Keeping mariners safe on the Northwest’s high desert

Aids to Navigation Team Kennewick is responsible for maintaining ATON along the Snake River from Kennewick, Wash., to Lewiston, Idaho. Ride along as they make a run down the Snake River September 2014.


Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Olson, a maritime enforcement specialist assigned to Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 and volunteer firefighter in Oso, Wash., surveys the damage area after the deadly Oso mudslide, April 2, 2014. Olson spent more than 260 hours over 24 days assisting with recovery operations after the Oso, Wash., mudslide, the deadliest in the nation's history. (Photo courtesy of Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Olson)

Freedom fighter, firefighter, friend: An Oso resident’s call to serve

The town of Oso was thrust into the national spotlight when the deadliest landslide event in U.S. history changed the town’s landscape forever. Ryan Olson is one example of the resilience of Oso residents. Read about his service during this tragedy and how his Coast Guard prepared him.


An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Wash., makes an approach toward Canadian Coast Guard Ship Cape Naden, a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Sidney, British Columbia, during a training exercise in Moresby Passage, Aug. 7, 2014. The U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian Coast Guard crews organized the training event to practice skills necessary for safely completing a joint rescue along the international maritime border. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

Anchors, seas and maple leaves: U.S., Canadian coast guard conduct joint training

American and Canadian mariners alike can boat confidently with the knowledge that two coast guards are standing the watch. Ride along as Air Station Port Angeles works with the Canadian coast guard and Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue.


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