Retired Cmdr. Carl R. Smith swears in his daughter, Corrie N. Smith, on Feb. 7, 2013. Cmdr. Smith served more than 20 years in the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

Family Tradition

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef “I went to Coast Guard boot camp and there was a moment of clarity and everything just clicked,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Corrie N. Smith. “Standing in the cold in my […]


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 […]


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Lighting the Way in Delaware Bay

By Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Runt Miah Maull Shoal Light has been guiding vessels for the past 102 years. The lighthouse, which is on the north side of the Delaware Bay near Cumberland County, New Jersey, bears the same name […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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Haunted Hull: Coast Guard cutter Taney

The Coast Guard cutter Taney shines in all its glory in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor as “the last survivor of Pearl Harbor,” but it has a darker story to tell – the ship may still carry souls aboard. The Taney’s story […]


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The star-spangled buoy

Post written by PA1 Pamela J. Boehland The stars and stripes of the American flag are painted on the “Francis Scott Key” buoy, which is now bobbing up and down in the Patapsco River. It marks the spot, where 200 […]


Petty Officer 1st Class Louis Keating, a member at Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet, N.C., is shown sitting inside the cabin of a 47-foot Motor Life Boat at the station, Monday, March 18, 2014. Surfman are the most highly trained boat drivers in the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill

Following historic footsteps to modern tradition, Coast Guardsman joins ranks of time-honored boating community

Post written by PA1 Brandyn Hill On the brisk spring morning, three petty officers got into a vehicle and only two of them knew where they were headed. The junior petty officer had confidence in his supervisors, but had no […]


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