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 […]


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 […]


BM1 Justin Lacy works on the chart art at Station Atlantic City

Patriot’s Palette

Story and photos by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen A patriot’s palette comprises more colors than red, white and blue. A vast array of tones is a testament to true devotion to country. A Coast Guardsman in South Jersey shows […]


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 […]


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. […]


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 […]


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