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 […]


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.


Heading south for the winter: Engineers keep a venerable cutter underway

From the ship’s bow to the stern light, and from high in the aloft conning tower to the lowest bilge, every space in Polar Star holds equipment and machinery that the ship’s engineers have to maintain in order to keep the screws turning and the lights burning. Read on to learn more about how they keep the Polar Star running.


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!


A group of Marines assigned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, Wash., render a three-volley salute in honor of Coast Guard Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro during a memorial ceremony at Munro’s gravesite in Cle Elum, Wash., Sept. 26, 2014. Munro is the only Coast Guardsman to receive the Medal of Honor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

Coast Guard WWII hero honored in Cle Elum, Wash.

Signalman 1st Class Douglas A. Munro gave his life to evacuate Marines from the beaches of Guadalcanal during World War II. In September each year Coast Guardsmen, veterans, family, community leaders and residents gather in his home town of Cle Elum, Washington, to remember his sacrifice. Munro received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for his efforts. He is the Coast Guard’s only MOH recipient to date.


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