In this photo illustration, Julian Romero poses by a display for the Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla. Julian Romero volunteered for the Auxiliary in Puerto Rico since the age of 17 until his 20th birthday, when he was murdered during a robbery. (U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer David R. Marin) (This image was manipulated by cutting and pasting the logo to line up with the subject. Then the image was cropped)

In Honor of my Son

Mourning father carries on son’s legacy Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Marin Julian Romero had an interest in law and its enforcement. He had completed a year at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy hoping to one day become an […]


Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam and Stephanie Kerley, yeomen at Training Center Cape May, N.J., pose for a picture. Yeomen provide customer serice to personnel ranging from pay and benefits to travel and transportation. (Photo provided by the Kerley family)

Meet the Kerleys

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef     Pay and personnel record keeping. Travel and transportation entitlements. Awards. Workforce administration. While much of the attention on the Coast Guard is often focused on rescue operations, a group of […]


Master Chief Petty Officer William Hollandsworth, officer in charge of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Mako, homeported in Cape May, N.J., stands near the Mako, which is moored to a pier in Cape May Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

Honor, respect and dependents on duty

  Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham Riley and Chris Hollandsworth are getting ready for significant life changes — Riley is preparing herself to move away for college and Chris is preparing to become the man of the house. […]


Lt. Cmdr. Kerry Karwan poses for a photo at the Old Coast Guard Station museum in Virginia Beach, Va. Karwan donated two of her uniforms for an exhibit featuring women in the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala

Celebrating women’s history in the Coast Guard

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala “I’ll give you the clothes off my back.” It is a saying of generosity and altruism, but for one woman, it has a different meaning. Though she’s not literally giving […]


Noreen Nigota with her Coast Guard oar in her Point Pleasant Beach home Feb. 21, 2015.

Neighboring Patriotism

By Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef, Public Affairs Detachment Atlantic City The Coast Guard racing stripe is a globally recognized symbol upon the high seas, internal waterways and local communities. The racing stripe can also be found in rural […]


Senior Chief Petty Officer Corbin Ross, officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Annapolis, poses for a photo in Annapolis, Md., Feb. 26, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala

Taking charge

  Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin Rough weather, fatigue, hunger, long hours; these are all conditions Coast Guard service members know well. It is ultimately the responsibility of one person to train, prepare and lead the […]


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Ombudsmen: Linking Coast Guard Families Together

When people enlist in the Coast Guard, they must complete eight weeks of basic training. It is during this initial phase of service where they learn the ropes — and knots — of being a member. However, there is no […]


Fireman Shirlanda Charles stands near a 47-foot Motor Life Boat at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, N.J., Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham

Enlisting Opportunity

Story and photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham Coast Guard Fireman Shirlanda Charles is a crewmember at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, who began her military service with an uncommon perspective and a unique kind of patriotism. […]


Nucky standing in front of Coast Guard Station Atlantic City.

Nucky’s Tail

    Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef Crewmembers at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City awake early in the morning to begin their day. The crewmembers wear their uniforms with pride, and maintain regulated grooming standards […]


Petty Officer 3rd Class Jasmine Mieszala speaks to a reporter from WJZ during a joint response to a report of a boat fire at Henderson’s Wharf Marina in Baltimore,  Monday, November 3, 2014. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a report at approximately 3:30 a.m., stating a boat in Belts Wharf Landing Yacht Club caught fire and drifted across the harbor into Henderson’s Wharf Marina. The boat hit a second boat, which also caught fire. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin

How the hero next door gets their story told

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Marin You turn on your television and there it is, that racing stripe, and the servicemembers in blue – the Coast Guard is on the news again. Although it isn’t always obvious to […]


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