John White climbs up on to the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse Sept. 9, 2015. White was a 2nd class petty officer when he became the officer-in-charge of the lighthouse June 8, 1973. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Marin

A Guiding Light

    By Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin – As a young boy, John White recalled seeing signs above water fountains in Charlotte, North Carolina, separating their usage by ‘whites’ and ‘colored’. He doesn’t remember any Caucasian children […]


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Honoring our heroes

  PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guardsmen hosted approximately 100 Korean War veterans along with their spouses and family members Sept. 30 at Base Portsmouth. The group Veterans of the Korean War visited the Coast Guard base as part of their […]


Petty Officer 1st Class Raymond Concepcion, a member of the Sector Hampton Roads Boarding Team, rests after a  workout Sept. 24, 2015 at Base Portsmouth.

What the Day Demands

When you wrestle Poseidon on a daily basis, you need to bring your A-game. The U.S. Coast Guard rescues boaters in rough seas, foul weather, icy and debris filled waters and somehow makes it looks easy. While they are often […]


Pope Francis blesses a baby as he arrives at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen

Protecting the Pope, Protecting the People

Story by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen When the Vatican announced Pope Francis would visit Philadelphia as part of a three-city tour of the United States, the men and women of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay began making preparations for […]


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The Future of Indonesia’s Coast Guard: Aided by the U.S. Coast Guard and USCGC FORWARD

U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Joseph Sundland, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Forward, talks with Indonesian coast guard Adm. Yuli Dharmawanto aboard the forward Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. The crew of the Forward is homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia, […]


photo by Lisa Suhay

Gliding through the Graveyard

photo by Lisa Suhay After Robert Suhay, 52, of Norfolk, Virginia, set a world record in July 2014 for the longest single-handed distance sailed in a dinghy, he realized there were things he should have done differently to better prepare […]


Crew members from Coast Guard Station Indian River participate in a lyle gun demonstration at the Indian River Life-Saving Station in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Saturday, Aug.29, 2015. The station was built in 1876 for use by the United States Life-Saving Service, a government organization created to respond to the alarming number of shipwrecks along the coastlines of the United States.

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 […]


Capt. Pete Mingo, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., attends an operations briefing.

Pilot, Mentor & Leader

There are approximately 275 crewmembers at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey. Their roles are widely varied, from maintaining helicopters and ordering supplies to providing medical services and ensuring training proficiency. The bustling air station is a fairly […]


Coast Guardsmen stationed at Fort McHenry during WWII are pictured entering the star fort in a photo taken for the Baltimore Sun. On May 15, 1942, the War Department leased nearly eight and a half acres of Fort McHenry for the Coast Guard to use as a fire control and port security training facility.

For the safety of ports, ships, and facilities

By Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin After WWII came to American soil, the Port of Baltimore was selected as one of the ports to build emergency cargo ships, or Liberty ships as they later became known. On Feb. […]


Petty Officer 2nd Class Jeremiah J. Strombeck inspects the inside of a C-130 Hercules aircraft. A single wire can hinder a mission.

Keeping the Coast Guard Flying

By PA3 Canup. A malfunctioning wire hidden among hundreds of other wires aboard a C-130 aircraft can cause a critical error. A light that should normally be unlit may start flashing, causing alarm to the entire crew. Software critical to a mission […]


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