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 1st Class Ryan Olson, a maritime enforcement specialist assigned to Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 and volunteer firefighter in Oso, Wash., surveys the damage area after the deadly Oso mudslide, April 2, 2014. Olson spent more than 260 hours over 24 days assisting with recovery operations after the Oso, Wash., mudslide, the deadliest in the nation's history. (Photo courtesy of Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Olson)

Freedom fighter, firefighter, friend: An Oso resident’s call to serve

The town of Oso was thrust into the national spotlight when the deadliest landslide event in U.S. history changed the town’s landscape forever. Ryan Olson is one example of the resilience of Oso residents. Read about his service during this tragedy and how his Coast Guard prepared him.