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!


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.


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 […]


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.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel M. Caraballoa (left), a machinery technician assigned to Coast Guard Maritime Forces Protection Unit Bangor in Silverdale, Wash., explains how to operate a 64-foot Special Purpose Craft -- Screening Vessel to Christopher Marten, a Washington state resident with exceptional needs, while underway in Hood Canal, July 9, 2014. The SPC-SV, a Navy-owned vessel operated by Coast Guard crews, is used to escort submarines to and from Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

Coast Guardsmen escort friendship through Hood Canal

For the crew of MFPU Bangor, it was another day on the water, an opportunity to raise the visibility of the Coast Guard and a way to give back to those who support the Service. But for Chris Marten, it was an opportunity to live out a dream and spend the day with a friend.


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