Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Studie climbs a Jacob's ladder to perform a vessel inspection. Marine inspectors board boats in dry dock, moored at a pier, anchored and in rare occasions while underway. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Darryl W. Bradshaw)

Clean, Reliable and Safe

By Petty Officer 2nd Class David Marin Inspections guaranty the fulfillment of a required specification. Some, like skydiving, are easily seen as a necessity for safe operation and safety of the consumer. So do you think to look for an […]


Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Razoyk, a rescue swimmer at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., has a passion for photography.

A Rescue Swimmer’s Passion

  By Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen The mission is completed and the helicopter lands. The rescue gear is stowed and the fins and mask are put away for the day. Rescue swimmers encounter an array of challenges and excitement […]


R. Anderson Braswell received honorable mention in the Coast Guard 2014 National Auxiliarist of the Year

Hampton Roads Auxiliarist receives Honorable Mention in 2014 National Auxiliarist of the Year

Written by Auxiliarist Stephen Faleski. It takes time, determination and a spirit of selflessness to volunteer in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. For one auxiliarist, such efforts have been duly recognized. Out of 32,000 U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members nationwide, Mr. […]


Capt. Mike Bogan, left, and Chief Warrant Officer Christian Wilson shake hands in front of the commercial fishing vessel Gambler, homeported in Point Pleasant, N.J., Monday, July 27, 2015. Bogan has been a captain aboard the Gambler for 30 years. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef)

Safety First

  Story and photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef Marine Safety is one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s important 11 statutory missions, and is the area where the Coast Guard interacts the most with commercial vessels. Coast Guard […]


OS3 Williams and SNOS Shudark review a distress call and the Rescue 21 Display.

From Mother to Mayday

Often times it can be just a moment: A small, “Help,” comes across a radio channel and then is gone. A lost soul adrift in the ocean wondering if anyone heard her or if anyone knows she is out there. […]


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Fins in the water

“I took the injured woman first,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Evan Thigpen, an aviation survival technician (AST) at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City (ASEC), North Carolina. “We were doing fast-basket recoveries to the helicopter, but I had drifted […]


VHF vs Cell Phone

VHF vs Cell Phone

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef and Auxiliarist Paul R. Casalese Communication in the 20th Century is at its peak. More people are connected today than ever before. From smoke signals to smart phones, society has exponentially increased […]


Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Manire poses for a staged photo of him performing a Breathalyzer test. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in boater deaths. Be part of Operation Dry Water by making a pledge to never boat under the influence. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin)

Keeping our waters… Dry?

It’s a beautiful day out, so grab some alcohol, see how many people you could get to climb into the convertible and drive around for a while! Sound ridiculous? Well, it is! So why is that scenario so different when […]


BM1 Justin Lacy works on the chart art at Station Atlantic City

Patriot’s Palette

Story and photos by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen A patriot’s palette comprises more colors than red, white and blue. A vast array of tones is a testament to true devotion to country. A Coast Guardsman in South Jersey shows […]


Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Fink, a marine science technician at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, poses with his four children - Finnian, Odin, Rylan and Tristan. Photo courtesy of MST2 Stephen Fink.

Coast Guard fathers: Things I’d like to pass on to my kids

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala There are many things a father wishes to pass on to his children. Sometimes it’s his good looks or his straight teeth, or maybe it’s his love of cars or fishing skills. […]


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