A Burger Rebellion

Calling all foodies! Bite of Seattle, the region’s annual and much-anticipated food festival, is in full swing this weekend. Dozens of chefs will be showing off their latest and greatest food creations. Did you know that the Coast Guard has […]


A small boat crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon conducts air operations training with a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew while underway May 27, 2015. The crew of the Mellon, a 378-foot high-endurance cutter homeported in Seattle, has been patrolling the high seas in search of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing activity in support of Operation North Pacific Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Mellon.

High-Seas Driftnets: Destroyers of the Deep

“Everything,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Roy Hawes, a boatswain’s mate assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon. “Everything dies.” Since the Mellon, a 378-foot high-endurance cutter, left its homeport in Seattle in April for Operation North Pacific Guard, the crew has been patrolling the high seas in search of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing activity, including high seas driftnet fishing. Read more about this threat to our vital oceans and the Coast Guard’s role.


Petty Officer 1st Class James McArdle of the Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Mellon receives the 2015 Spring Military Information Technology Leadership Award from the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association May 28 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo courtesy Mike Carpenter.

Leadership Spotlight: Local Coast Guardsman receives 2015 Spring Military Information Technology Leadership Award

To sail a ship safely around the world, it takes a crew of men and women who are willing, from time to time, to stay up around the clock troubleshooting unexpected errors, working tirelessly on system maintenance, and ensuring safe navigation through both tame and turbulent waters. And coffee — lots of coffee. Read about Petty Officer 1st Class James McArdle’s exceptional skills that earned him the 2015 Spring Military Information Technology Leadership Award!


CWO Anthony Slowik

Leadership Spotlight: CWO Anthony Slowik Coast Guard Reserve CWO of the Year

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer When people think of the Coast Guard, the first thing that comes to mind most likely isn’t building roads and establishing infrastructure half a world away. But that’s just one of the […]


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!


Coast Guard Cutter Mellon received a donation of silverware from Timothy Mellon, grandson of former Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon March 24, 2015. The silverware is engraved with the U.S. Seal and Andrew W. Mellon’s initials. Timothy Mellon says he believes his grandfather used the silverware during his tenure as Secretary of the Treasury. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Sarah Wilson

A piece of history passes from Mellon family to namesake cutter

Have you ever looked at an artifact, from another time, and wondered what story it might tell if it could? A silver fork perhaps…one used at an official’s dinners under the presidential administrations of Harding, Coolidge and Hoover…read about the recent addition to the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon and their rich history.


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.


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