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.


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.


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.


Chief Petty Officer Christopher Sheppard, the officer-in-charge at Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Astoria, Ore., serves lunch to the students at Warrenton Elementary in Warrenton, Ore., Jan. 16, 2015. Sheppard was one of several Coast Guardsmen to volunteer at Warrenton Elementary, a school with more than 500 students. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Dishin’ it out: Food and friendship at all ages

The idea was to bring in a hero in uniform to serve the children food. In one Oregon school district Coast Guardsmen are volunteering their time to serve children and talk about everything from Coast Guard service to their favorite dinosaurs. Read more about great company and conversation over a noon meal!


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!


Idaho resident receives Meritorious Public Service Award for rescue

On June 27, 2014, the 55 degree waters had become choppy due to wind and April Chizum had turned her kayak toward shore for what she thought was the end of her day on the lake. That’s when she heard it…faint cries for help. Her efforts saved three people and profound thanks from the Coast Guard.


A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Bellingham, Wash., rescues two men after their canoe capsized in Portage Channel near Lummi Island, Washington, Saturday morning. A CBP aircrew in the area responded to a Coast Guard urgent marine information broadcast, located the two men and was able to direct a Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Bellingham, Washington, to their location. U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Pacific Northwest takes 3rd in Coast Guard Top 10 Videos of 2014

Coast Guard headquarters tallied up your votes for the Coast Guard’s 2014 Video of the Year and the results are in! Pacific Northwest’s Bellingham rescue took third and gives you a front row seat as a Coast Guard crew from Station Bellingham, Washington, rescue two young men after their canoe overturned.


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.


Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Whitney Jackson (middle), a maritime enforcement specialist assigned to Coast Guard Maritime Force Protection Unit Bangor in Silverdale, Wash., poses for a photo with calssmates at the Julius A. Kolb Airman Leadership School, an Air Force leadership school for junior non-commissioned officers. Photo courtesy Joint Base Lewis - McChord.

Learning to lead: Washington-based Coast Guardsman soars at Airman Leadership School

“The most valuable thing I learned was humility,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Whitney Jackson. Learn about Jackson’s leadership journey and her experience being an island of blue in a sea of grey camouflage.


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