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!


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!


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.


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 […]


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