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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Three of the Coast Guard cutters based in Poole as part of rescue Flotilla One.

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 […]


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 […]


Seaman Jacob Flores (left) and Seaman Mark Paul, crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin, pull four sets of mooring bridles that are tied together to a hand truck before the bridles are craned aboard the Rankin, July 30, 2013. The bridles, which weigh approximately 90 pounds a set, are kept at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, where the Rankin is home-ported. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin

Week in the life of the Coast Guard

Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests, providing a 24/7 presence along America’s rivers, ports, coastline and on the high seas. But while the Coast Guard’s presence and impact is regional, national and international, our operations […]


The chief of police for the United States Park Police, Teresa Chambers (far left), honors members of the Coast Guard for their role in a multi-agency effort to apprehend a suspect who allegedly fired at a Coast Guard helicopter, in a ceremony June 25, 2013, Washington, D.C. Chambers presented the Coast Guardsmen with a United States Park Police Certificate of Appreciation for their work in the September 2012 case. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Lisa Ferdinando

Park Police honors Coast Guardsmen for role in multi-agency effort to apprehend suspect who fired at Coast Guard helicopter

Post written by PA3 Lisa Ferdinando The United States Park Police honored members of the Coast Guard for their work in a multi-agency effort to apprehend a man who allegedly fired a gun at a Coast Guard helicopter last year. […]


A NORAD first in the National Capital Region

Story written by Michael Kucharek, NORAD Public Affairs It seems unbelievable that a small-town kid from Clinton, Ontario would end up being the first Royal Canadian Air Force pilot assigned to protect the skies over Washington, D.C. But for Capt. […]


Participants of a multi-agency Maritime Tactical Operations Group training approached a vessel during a scenario where the crew boarded a small boat that needed to be taken control of during an exercise in Curtis Bay, Md., May 15, 2013. This MTOG training, which consisted of 35 members from 14 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies from the Chesapeake Bay area, focused on tactical team operations to learn and enhance skill sets particular to a maritime environment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin

Always ready by always training

  Post written by PA2 David R. Marin  Intel has just come in about a vessel of interest that merits further investigation. Orders have been issued to take control of the boat and all personnel aboard. Responding to the call, […]


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Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center receives Kimball Award

Story by Lt. Julie E. Sieker and Seaman Nicole Groll On April 18, 2013, members of the Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center Boat Tactics Branch, located at Camp Lejeune, N.C., were presented with the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award […]


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