Phoenix rising

The U.S. Coast Guard will finally be represented in the Smithsonian air and space collection by PA2 Nate Littlejohn Human flight is inherently amazing. For people looking to satisfy their wonder, or to simply bask in astonishment at accomplishments in […]

Hook up with a striped bass

A cluster of small boats gather toward the end of an ebb tide on a dreary November evening in Norfolk, Virginia. Fishermen, clad in rain slickers, cast their lines toward pilings and retrieve them in silence. There’s no chatter among […]

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 […]

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 […]

Chincoteague Island, a Coast Guard community

by PA2 Nate Littlejohn An oysterman in a weather-beaten skiff prepares to tend his beds as a blood-orange sun peeks over the Atlantic horizon. A herd of wild ponies drink in a freshwater wetland where buffleheads and mallards hunt for […]

Fins in the water

“I took the injured woman first,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Evan Thigpen, an aviation survival technician (AST) at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City (ASEC), North Carolina. “We were doing fast-basket recoveries to the helicopter, but I had drifted […]

Serving side by side

  Serving side by side by PA2 Nate Littlejohn “My daughter, Madison, really wanted scrambled eggs one Saturday morning,” said Cmdr. Eva Van Camp, Chief of Response for Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads. “I had been called in to help […]

Model man of Belhaven

Model man of Belhaven Model vessel craftsman inspires others with passion for art By Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn On a sunny April afternoon, in a town where the Pantego Creek meets the Pungo River, just northwest of the […]

Trackside to seaside

Trackside to seaside Pit stops prepare former NASCAR jackman for U.S. Coast Guard by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn Ever wonder what it’s like to respond to a distress call as a member of a Coast Guard boat crew, […]

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