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!


CWO Anthony Slowik

Leadership Spotlight: CWO Anthony Slowik Coast Guard Reserve CWO of the Year

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer When people think of the Coast Guard, the first thing that comes to mind most likely isn’t building roads and establishing infrastructure half a world away. But that’s just one of the […]


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 […]


Cyndy and Ryan Olson

Leadership Spotlight: Washington State reservist recognized as top Coast Guard performer

Meet Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Olson of Port Security Unit 313. He’s a reservist, security officer, volunteer firefighter, husband and friend. Read about why Olson has the distinction of being the Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year 2014 – Reserve Component for the 13th District and the service as a whole!


Copernicus Awards: Recognizing the people behind the ones and zeros

Be it a voice over the phone, words across your screen or the occasional onsite visit, it isn’t often most of us see or interact with the perpetual churning machine that makes up our information systems technician force. However the folks behind the script and the ones and zeros are essential. One of them, from Seattle, was recently with the Copernicus Award in February. Read more about Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Guthrie’s contributions!


100th Anniversary

Origins: 100 years ago a combination of services led to the modern day Coast Guard

Not long ago, the Coast Guard America knows today – the organization that saves thousands of lives at sea each year, helps keep fisheries safe and fishermen afloat, prevents thousands of tons of narcotics from reaching U.S. soil and aids mariners from around the world – faced an untimely demise. But in the wake of the loss of the Titanic then President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation that merged the Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service to establish the Coast Guard in 1915.


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.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Mozley, a boatswain's mate assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Bellingham, Wash., receives the 2013 Cmdr. Ray Evans Outstanding Coxswain Trophy Award in Bellingham, Wash., Jan. 20, 2015. The award was established in 2003 to recognize outstanding Coast Guard small boat operators. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Sarah Wilson)

In the Driver’s Seat: Bellingham-based Coast Guardsman receives 2013 Coxswain of the Year award

Sit in the driver’s seat of a Coast Guard small boat with Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Mozley and see why he is the Coast Guard Coxswain of the Year for 2013!


Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a 399-foot polar class icebreaker, gets underway from its homeport of Coast Guard Base Seattle for deployment to Antarctica, Nov. 30, 2014. The crew of Polar Star will be supporting the U.S. Antarctic Program and the National Science Foundation during their four-month mission. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

Headed south for the winter: Coast Guard Cutter begins journey to Antarctica

Over the next several weeks ride along with the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star through regular installments on our blog as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime breaking ice in Antarctica!


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