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The Colossus of Cape Disappointment

Scott McGrew

There are many different types of leaders. Some lead by example, while others inspire by their words. One thing they all have in common is that they all draw upon their past experiences to help guide those under them to success. Lt. Scott McGrew is the commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash. Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, McGrew enlisted during his senior year of high school to become a boatswain’s mate in the Coast Guard.

Hoisting Expectations

AMT3 Gipson

A Coast Guard flight mechanic, among many other navigational and mechanical responsibilities, is the person who operates the helicopter hoist. The hoist controls the cable that lowers equipment and people to and from a helicopter. The flight mechanic controls the hoist while simultaneously relaying commands to the helicopter pilot who is not able to see what is directly below the aircraft.

Service in the skies: A family tradition

Lt. Adriana Knies

Nearly a decade later, looking out the window of the Jayhawk’s cockpit, Lt. Adriana Knies can’t help but admire the landscape of the Pacific Northwest. The stretch of coastal region between Tillamook Bay, Ore., and Vancouver Island, Canada, has been nicknamed the “Graveyard of the Pacific” because of its unpredictable seas and rough landscape that continually threaten mariners and outdoorsmen alike.

Service in surf and to others: BM1 Nathan Burns

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.