Tag: boatswains mate

Leaning forward on forward deployments

Cutter Washington and Station Apra Harbor

The 14th Coast Guard District is charged with protecting and patrolling more than 90,000 miles of coastline. In fact, of the total 3.4 million square nautical miles of U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, 43 percent resides within this region. With such a large expanse of ocean to operate in, teamwork is critical in performing the many missions of the U.S. Coast Guard. It was this sense of teamwork and partnership that the two units – cutter and station – joined together.

Sentinels of the Crescent City

Down in the Louisiana Bayou sits one of the biggest swamps in the country. It’s full of alligators the size of a small automobile and mosquitoes as large as a muffaletta. Unknown to most, the Coast Guard patrols what are known as brown waters, protecting the waterways and educating the public on safe boating practices.

Shipmate of the Week – BMC Foy Melendy

BMC Melendy

In less than a week’s time, Heron’s crew was responsible for five fisheries seizures, totaling more than 31,000 pounds of shrimp and netting a fair market value of more than $69,000. While it was truly a team effort for Heron, there was one shipmate the crew turned to for his expertise and guidance – Chief Petty Officer Foy Melendy.

Shipmate of the Week – BM1 Casey Wardynski

Boatswains Mate 1st Class Casey Wardynski

The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of about 42,000 active duty servicemembers – roughly three percent of the U.S. armed forces. As the smallest of the five branches, every Coast Guard man and woman is a vital part of the team. Petty Officer 1st Class Casey Wardynski is a boatswains mate and

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Guardian of the Week – BM2 Joseph D’Amico

BM2 D'Amico

BM2 D’Amico serves in many positions aboard the cutter, one of which is the Officer of the Deck, a position that requires the dedication and skill to be responsible for the cutter. Photo courtesy of LTJG Jason Acuna. With a history dating back to 1847, Coast Guard Cutter Bear has had remarkable crewmembers call her

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Coast Guard Heroes: Richard Dixon

Richard Dixon

This Compass series chronicles the first 14 heroes the Sentinel-class Fast Response Cutters have been named for. These men and women, who stood the watch before us, lived extraordinary lives as they lit the way for sailors in times past, braved gunfire in times of war and rescued those in peril at sea. As Coast

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A Coast Guard Hero Honored

CHATHAM, Mass. – Retired Master Chief Petty Officer Mark “Mac” McKenney and David O’Connor, both former Coast Guardsmen aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Point Welcome, scatter former shipmate Chief Petty Officer Richard Patterson’s ashes at sea from the deck of Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark off the coast of Chatham, Mass., Wednesday, June 16, 2010.

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