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 […]


SN Gomez, Station Washington

Category 5 lifestyle

(See this story on Adobe Spark) Visiting a Coast Guard boat station in Washington, D.C., you will find an extraordinary man with an extraordinary entrance into the American military. The young, Spanish-speaking Puerto Rican is marked with humble determination as […]


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 […]


Cutter Frank Drew: ATON of fun

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki The first thing I learned upon getting underway with Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew is that it is impossible to wheel a large rolling backpack up a ship’s metal brow […]


It’s an MK life for me

To close out our week we sat down with Chief Petty Officer Brian Smith, a chief machinery technician, and got his 21-year take on the world of MKs. He talked about some of the different MK jobs, training they receive, […]


Hurry Up and Wait

What I learned from my first experience using Space Available travel By Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin | Looking out onto the different cumulus, cirrus, and stratus clouds I can’t help but chuckle at my luck. Never did […]


Setting Buoys and Examples

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef Uniformity is widespread in the Coast Guard. From training techniques, to the members themselves, it’s often difficult to determine one individual from another when gazing through a sea of blue […]


Coastie Kids to College Grads

For the first 18 years of her life Kaitlin Long moved with her family seven times as they followed her father, John Long, a 30-year-veteran who retired as a Coast Guard master chief. For Coast Guard families, moving around can […]


Chemical Warfare: The Battle of Bertie

By Aux. Trey Clifton It’s a battlefield that spans every corner of the globe, and almost everyone has a loved one who’s fought or died on it.  Contrary to the images of Yorktown, Iwo Jima or Afghanistan conjured up at […]


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