Girl with flare

Sunshine and signal flares

Written by Fireman Ross Ruddell A picture-perfect New England summer day greeted members of the boating community at Coast Guard Station Gloucester for the kick-off of National Safe Boating Week May 19. Warm sunshine and a cloudless sky lent itself […]


A crewman from Coast Guard Cutter Juniper releases dried rose petals over the resting site of HMS Titanic.

Every petal . . . a person

Written by Petty Officer Rob Simpson Amid the sounds of metal scraping against metal on a buoy, the briny undersea life on the bottom of a channel marker built up over time spatters off mixing with the sweat and determination […]


A Coast Guard Auxliarist discusses the importance of water safety and wearing a life jacket with a Cub Scout pack.

Things I Just Don’t Understand

by Captain Wayne Muilenburg, 1st Coast Guard District Chief of Prevention   I just don’t get it. At the risk of peeling away some of the veneer that’s associated with the exalted title “Chief of Prevention,” I’ll be the first […]


A large iceberg floating in the North Atlantic as viewed by the Coast Guard C-130 aircraft that marks its position to ensure safe navigation of vessels in the area.

Iceberg, NOT right ahead

Written by Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie New York – The Coast Guard enters its 99th year of patrolling the North Atlantic region, marking positions of icebergs much like the one that sank the Titanic nearly 100 years ago.  The sinking of the […]


Award recipient

Special Olympics, Special Experience

BOSTON – “I did not catch her name, but there was one young female athlete during the bowling awards that was hysterical for receiving an award that I only assumed was gold,” Cmdr. Jason Smith wrote in a letter to […]


Coast Guard Foundation Dinner

Coast Guard Foundation Dinner… In Boston!

The Coast Guard Foundation hosted their inaugural 1st Coast Guard District awards dinner Thursday at the John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse in Boston. Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun, commander of the 1st Coast Guard District, spoke during the dinner and highlighted […]


Air Station Cape Cod turns 41!

Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod celebrated its 41st year of saving lives, preserving our nation’s natural resources, and enforcing U.S. law, Monday.   Capt. David Throop, the 14th commanding officer of the air station, hosted the ceremony to celebrate and […]


Presentation of award

Honoring a humble hero

Written by Lt. j.g. Erin Dixon It takes a split second for the routine to turn life-threatening, for confidence to turn to fear and for an average person to become a hero. In October 2009 John Singer was fishing off […]


Riding Colors

Written by 3rd Class Petty Officer Luke Clayton We see it everywhere; on houses, people, clothes, cars, and uniforms. Some of us salute it. Some of us consider it a part of the routine. The American flag is everywhere, and […]


Fireman Peter Sikora

Station Burlington: waist-deep and charging forward

Written by Lieutenant Nick Barrow and Petty Officer 2nd Class Ayla Kelley Coast Guard Fireman Peter Sikora holds the American flag tightly in his arms. When reveille is played, he hoists it honorably and salutes until the trumpets go silent. Sikora […]