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!


Members of the Galley Staff enjoy time on the ice in McMurdo Sound while the ship hove to for the night. Pictured left to right: Second Class Petty Officer Arianne Gunn, Third Class Petty Officer Oscar Delgado, First Class Petty Officer Jason Buchanan, Third Class Petty Officer Katherine Spurgeon, Third Class Petty Officer Alfred Laicer, Third Class Petty Officer Nichol Stuchell.

Large Afloat Galley of the Year goes to…Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star

Can you picture serving 103,000 meals, for up to 10 weeksaboard ship without a port call, and passage through some of the roughest seas on the planet? That’s just what Polar Star’s Food Service Division has done. Read more about what makes them the Coast Guard’s Large Afloat Dining Facility of the Year!


Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Wenzel on Coast Guard Cutter Active in Port Angeles, Wash., May 14, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer.

Leadership Spotlight: Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Wenzel

If you’re fortunate enough to be sailing on Coast Guard Cutter Active, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Port Angeles, Washington, you call one person – Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Wenzel. Learn more about his leadership and contributions that keep Active running!


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!


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.


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.


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