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!


AET1 Trevor Sly

Leadership Spotlight: Coast Guard 13th District Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year 2014

Petty Officer 1st Class Trevor Sly is a skilled avionics electrical technician, outstanding shipmate, leader, avid outdoorsman, problem solver and comedian. He’s been selected as this year’s Coast Guard 13th District Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year. Read more about what motivates Sly and why he was selected.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Wilson, an aviation survival technician at Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, is lowered from the helicopter during a cliffside rescue training exercise near Ilwaco, Wash., April 8, 2015. In the background, several beachgoers observe the training until the last helicopter leaves. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Coast Guard cliffhangers in the Pacific Northwest

It is easy for a sunny day to turn sour along the Pacific Northwest. It is easy for someone to find themselves in a precarious position while at the beach or along mountain trails. Learn more about the Coast Guardsmen who come to the rescue!


Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 members, their new ombudsman, Carmela Fortin, and Master Chief Petty Officer Eric Johnson, the Coast Guard reserve force master chief, pause for a group picture after a morning brief at Naval Station Everett, Wash., Feb. 21, 2015. The PSU maintains port security during wartime and peacetime, deploying to occupied foreign ports to conduct security operations, as well as maintaining security for domestic ports as necessary. (U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross)

Spouses in service: New ombudsman for PSU 313

Mrs. Carmela Fortin and 5-year-old Cole, her Special Assistant, were honored by the crew of Port Security Unit 313 for Ombudsman Appreciation Day at their March drill weekend in Everett, Wash. Learn more about the PSU and the ombudsman program here.


Around the Olympic Peninsula in 80 years

Would you believe the Coast Guard has been present in the Port Angeles area since the late 18oo’s or that the air station just turned 80? The Coast Guard and Western Washington go way back. You can read more here and are invited to see our new exhibit at the Museum at the Carnegie in Port Angeles through September!


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 […]


Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell: Stepping onto history

The Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell is a 100-foot inland buoy tender steeped in history. Going aboard is a bit like stepping back in time. Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg provides a first hand perspective complete with a close encounter from the ship’s pseudo-mascot.


Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell

Coast Guard Cutter Bluebell: Honoring a legacy rooted in service

This year Bluebell’s crew celebrates the ship’s septennial anniversary. Its crews have maintained a constant watch over the safety of three vital waterways in the Pacific Northwest. Read more about their proud tradition of excellence aboard a cutter whose life has spanned seven decades.


Lt. j.g. Nyrel Allen, a command duty officer at the Coast Guard 13th District command center in Seattle, poses for a photo at the district office March 20, 2015. Allen has been an athlete her entire life and has recently found her passion in competitive powerlifting. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

Leading lady launches lifting legacy

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer She reaches down and grabs the bar. Bends her knees, lifts her chest. Takes a deep breath…and lifts. Lt. j.g. Nyrel Allen, the 5-foot-2, 120-pound Coast Guard officer, has just lifted 266.7 […]


Two crewmembers assigned to Coast Guard Station Quillayute River in La Push, Wash., lay a wreath into the water from a 47-foot Motor Life Boat in honor of three crewmembers who lost their lives during a rescue mission 18 years ago, Feb. 12, 2015. The crew holds a memorial ceremony every year on the anniversary of the incident. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Quillayute River.

Coast Guardsmen remember shipmates who gave all in La Push, Washington

Eighteen years ago this week, four brave men did what thousands of Coast Guard members do every day: put their lives in danger to save others. Three of them paid the ultimate price. Their shipmates have not forgotten them. Read their story here.


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