Small cutter, large mission: Coast Guard Cutter Chock

The Coast Guard Cutter Chock, with its brawny appearance, polished black hull, the ability to shatter up to 18-inches of ice and tow approximately 300 gross-tons, has undoubtedly earned it the fitting nickname “Bull of the Bay.” The Chock was […]


Choose your rate, choose your fate

Story and photos by SN Shannon Kearney Have you ever seen those commercials on TV where the main character is standing still and everyone around them is moving around them in a blur? Almost like time was standing still but […]


Anatomy of a SAR Case: Beware the Bar

It’s 6 a.m. on Feb. 23, 2018, and the sun has yet to rise on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. All is quiet on the pier at Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet, where two steely boats bob and sway in the […]


Rescue Swimmers: Sew Others May Live

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef Coast Guard rescue swimmers are infamous for jumping out of helicopters in the most treacherous conditions. They are renowned for going out to sea when no one else would dare — […]


Leader of Leaders

By Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen The military is known for developing leaders. An effective leader knows the benefit in creating leaders out of those who follow. The men and women of the Coast Guard are introduced to these principles […]


Preserving History: Indian River Life-Saving Station

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef Before the Coast Guard was formed in 1915, the U.S. Life-Saving Service was tasked with life-saving missions. One of the most historic life-saving stations is located in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, nestled […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Matchbox 60

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef June 6, 1944, will always be remembered as D–Day. Allied forces invaded the beaches of Normandy in an operation codenamed Overlord. It was the largest air, land and sea operation undertaken in […]


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