Tag: Air Station Los Angeles

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2015: Thursday

On Thursday’s Week in the Life series, Air Station Los Angeles crews conduct cliff rescue training in Rancho Palos Verde, Calif., boarding team member evaluations in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., advanced culinary training at Fort Lee, Va., an active shooter exercise in Boston and advancement ceremonies at Air Station Detroit.

A history of heroes

Rescue swimmer

The history of a military unit helps mold and shape its identity, sometimes just as much as the crews who carry out its missions. When a unit reaches 50 years in operation it usually serves as a proud marking point and an excellent time to look back on what events shaped that identity. For Air Station Los Angeles, that day came on Nov. 16, 2012, during an ceremony attended by current and past aircrews.

Keeping our maritime borders secure

A response boat launched from Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin, seen above, was used to save 14 migrants when their boat became disabled. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall, 11th Coast Guard District public affairs. From interdicting drugs and migrants, to protecting America’s Exclusive Economic Zone from foreign fishing vessel

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Keeping the Coast Guard airborne

Petty Officer 2nd Class Miguel Arellano, an aviation maintenance technician at Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles, operates the hoist on a MH-65C Dolphin helicopter during training operations off the coast of Venice, Calif. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall. Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Mendenhall, 11th

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Week in the Life of the Coast Guard: Tuesday


Written by Chief Petty Officer CC Clayton, editor-in-chief, Coast Guard Magazine Ever wonder what the Coast Guard does in an average week during the winter months? Probably pretty slow, right? While a lot of people are digging themselves out from another winter snowstorm, our service is out in full force training, rescuing those in need,

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African American History Month: LTJG La’Shanda Holmes

LTJG Holmes

Each year, the President of the United States designates February as African American History Month – a national celebration of both the accomplishments of and long struggle for equality for black Americans. In recognition of African American History Month 2011, the Compass has asked Coast Guard men and women about the valuable role mentoring plays

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The “Legacy Bird”

The 6584 at ALC

The 6584 at ALC Elizabeth City after it was outfitted with upgraded equipment and painted in its legacy colors. U.S. Coast Guard photo. On a beautiful Southern California day, beachgoers and boaters will see several aircraft fly over the water. News helicopters, planes pulling advertisement banners and even the occasional seaplane. Despite the busy skies,

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Guardian of the Week: LTjg La’Shanda Holmes

This week’s Guardian of the Week post comes to us from Naval Air Station Whiting Field where history was made as Lieutenant (junior grade) La’Shanda Holmes had her wings pinned on and became the first African American female helicopter pilot in the United States Coast Guard. Lt. Jeanine Menze, the first African American female aviator

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