“Course Made Good:” New podcast does deep dive on boatswain’s mate topics written by Anastasia Devlin, Reservist magazine When the newest rating force master chief for the boatswain’s mate rating came aboard in July, he was determined to ground his tenure in communication with the fleet. “I needed to reconnect with the rating, with the
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When Shannon Eubanks graduated high school in Barton, Vermont, she did so surrounded by people she had grown up with for years. Little did she know at the time, she would later surround herself with a similar close-knit group of people on a polar icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean. Each summer, Eubanks deploys in the Arctic with a team of scientists to assist them in conducting scientific research. As a boatswain’s mate aboard the ship, she is in charge of piloting the ship’s small boats, standing watch on the ship’s bridge and supervising a small workforce of enlisted members. With the lives and safety of her fellow shipmates at stake, it’s a responsibility Eubanks doesn’t take lightly.
Wayne Ormsbee, a Coast Guard civilian employee, and his daughter Petty Officer 2nd Class Keisha Kerr, a Coast Guard boatswain’s mate, reenact World War II Coast Guard mounted patrols at Fourth Cliff Recreation Area in Humarock, Massachusetts. The duo participates in parades around New England where they educate the public about the history of the mounted patrols.
Atop the dunes, Petty Officer 1st Class Louis Keating Jr. realized what was about to happen and was handed a historic surf check – a brass tag surfman would carry during their beach patrols. He was then told to head north to complete a beach patrol walking in the footsteps of the heroes who came before him from the historic Pea Island Lifesaving Station.
Of the Coast Guard’s approximate 4,800 boatswain’s mates, only about 200 are currently surfmen. There have only ever been roughly 500 surfmen in the service’s history. The path to qualification is wrought with discomfort, danger and dedication beyond the scope of normal human tolerance.
The first thing you notice in the engine room of Coast Guard Barque Eagle is the sound, registering in excess of 84 decibels. Located eight feet below the waterline, an unmistakable odor permeates the air. It’s a mixture of machine-grade lube oil and jacket water, essential components for cooling the engine.
With sure hands on the throttle and helm, and an eye toward the sea and an on their crew, Coast Guard surfmen are considered the service’s most skilled coxswains and members of an elite community. They are boatswain’s mates – each individually numbered – that undertake immense responsibility in training others to operate safely in some of the most dangerous conditions imaginable.
The Coast Guard continues our #NewYearNewFilter and the launch of our official Instagram account with a new perspective! This week, Petty Officer 3rd Class Logan Kellogg will share his life at a Coast Guard small boat station. Read his introduction below, then follow us on Instagram!
Coast Guard reservists are required to serve one weekend a month and two weeks a year. One New Jersey-based reservist is devoted to saving lives, in and out of military uniform. Chief Petty Officer Jay McChesney, a reservist from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J., is a qualified coxswain and a registered nurse.
The Coast Guard has eight port security units and each one is capable of deploying around the world within 96 hours to provide maritime and landside security to U.S. assets and personnel. The unit’s full-time staff – which includes an active duty lieutenant commander, gunner’s mate, machinery technician, yeoman and storekeeper – fills a critical role in the day-to-day life of the port security unit; they ensure the unit is ready to go when called.