Bass family photo.

Devotion to faith, dedication to service

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn Lt. Cmdr. Edward Bass, chaplain for the Coast Guard 5th District in Portsmouth, Virginia, retired Tuesday after 24 years of military service. Bass’ unique career included 12 years in the Coast Guard […]

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Coast Guard, first in flight by Wright

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert Coast Guard aviators have patrolled the nation’s skies for nearly 100 years, but it wasn’t the pilots who first helped get the airplane off the ground. On a stretch of empty sand […]

Chief Petty Officer Nick Scheck stands in front of Coast Guard Recruiting Office Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Atlantic City’s Recruiter In Charge

Story and photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen The decision to enlist in the Coast Guard can be a big deal in a person’s life, and the process of joining should not be taken lightly. The Coast Guard […]

Inside the locks of the Panama Canal. Photo by Auxiliarist Charles McLeod

An Auxiliarist Underway – Part II – The Panama Canal

By Auxiliarist Charles McLeod Leaving Grand Cayman Island was a feat in itself – we threaded through the myriad of cruise ships bearing down on the tiny oasis.  Once in open seas, we were quickly diverted to respond to a […]


Keeping the Coast Guard in flight

When people hear about the Coast Guard, they may think about boats, helicopters and the crews who drive and fly them in dangerous conditions. Some may envision a rescue swimmer, dangling from a cable, a person operating a boat in […]


An Auxiliarist Underway – Part I

Auxiliarist Charles McLeod recently departed aboard Coast Guard Cutter LEGARE as part of an unique Coast Guard Auxiliary program that builds a relationship between an Auxiliary member and a cutter crew. He will be sailing with the cutter for their […]

Petty Officer 1st Class Darius Whiteside places a load of invasive English ivy into a garbage bag held by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cecelia Henry during a Coast Guard volunteer event at Paradise Creek Park in Portsmouth, Va., Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014. A group of Coast Guardsmen from the 5th District in Portsmouth removed the invasive species as part of volunteer effort led by the Elizabeth River Project. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn

Selfless service

                              by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn People who volunteer improve the lives of others in obvious ways. Recipients of community service efforts gain something […]


Celebrating family in a time of thanks

Story and Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen When you ask a couple how they met, you don’t really expect them to say, “Pole vaulting,” but that’s exactly how Nate and Emma Rhodes became friends. Emma studied Fine […]

BM1 Mako faithfully watches over the crew of Station Elizabeth City.

Featured Station Mascot: Mako Danforth Seastar, guardian of Elizabeth City

  Most people commonly associate the Coast Guard’s presence at Elizabeth City, North Carolina, with our brave aircrews who not only are trained at the Aviation Technical Training Center, but also deploy from the Air Station assisting mariners in distress […]


Celebrating veterans:10th annual Veterans Day breakfast

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala More than 70 years of military service and five wars were represented by 200 attendees during the annual Veterans Day breakfast hosted by Elks Lodge #1044 of Crisfield, Maryland, Tuesday. […]

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