Cmdr. Alain Balmaceda, commanding officer, and Lt. James Heuser, operations officer, both of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast are presented a mini-boat aboard the Steadfast in Astoria, Ore., Feb. 7, 2018. The mini-boat built and created by middle school students from Cedar Park Middle School in Beaverton, Ore., as part of a international science project involving multiple schools from Oregon and Japan. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

Journeys across the Pacific

Story by Petty Officer Levi Read. During a recent transit down the Western Coast of the United States, the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Astoria, Oregon, encountered heavy seas with swells averaging 12 to […]

A Chief’s service is pure pageantry

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read Mrs. Clatsop County stood smiling draped in a black evening gown at the back of a small stage with a black curtain backdrop. She stood among 11 of her peers, all of […]

Coast Guard volunteers are pulled over during a mock traffic stop during training with the members of the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office held in the Clatsop County Fairgrounds, March 7, 2017. The volunteers acted as civilian bystanders, trouble makers, mentally unstable persons and various other roles to help simulate real world scenarios for the police department. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Enforcement: It’s all in the name of safety

Story  by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. A cop car with its lights flickering parks behind a truck with two passengers, as the officer exits his car he shouts commands to those inside the truck. The non-compliant passengers have […]

Seamanship students work to refurbish a small boat at the Tongue Point Job Corps center in Astoria, Ore., Oct. 13, 2016. The Tongue Point Job Corps facility has 473 students participating in 16 hard and soft trade training programs, 120 of which are enrolled in the seamanship program.

Training trades

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg. People come from all walks of life, from rich to poor, such as those able to afford a college education to those who struggle to graduate high school. Combine that […]

Chief Warrant Officer Clifford Mooneyham, enginerring officer, Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender, stands in front of the Fir after a practice scuba dive at Tongue Point in Astoria, Ore., Sept. 9, 2016. Mooneyham also served aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast, homeported in Astoria, prior to serving aboard the Fir. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.

CWO Mooneyham; underwater volunteer

U.S. Coast Guard story and photos by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. Many Coast Guard personnel voluntarily sign up to serve our country either for a few years or for an entire career. But once they start receiving a […]

Soldiers from the U.S. Army 10th Special Forces Group, out of Army Base Fort Carson, Colo., prepare their Zodiac rigid-hulled inflatable boats for deployment while aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot Sea-going Buoy Tender during transit off the northern coast of Oregon, June 22, 2016. The cutter supplied equipment storage and deployment during a joint-agency operation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Class Levi Read.

Global impact of an everyday job

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. Two tactically-loaded Zodiac rigid-hulled inflatable boats disappear into the jagged backdrop and shadows of the cliffside that towers over the massive expanse of the Pacific Ocean. The occupants of the boats are […]

BMCM Dave Duren: A Surfman Legend

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read. Master Chief Petty Officer Dave Duren is considered a legend by many, and his legacy is carried on by those who strive for and earn the Coast Guard’s surfman qualification. Nicknamed “Big […]

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 […]