“Coxswains operate in crazy conditions all over the world,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Mozley. “Being a coxswain has given me a great appreciation for the teamwork every person puts in to complete the mission.”
Petty Officer 2nd Class Victoria Taylor, a boatswain’s mate from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay, was recently designated a Coast Guard surfman, the highest qualification a coxswain can achieve in the Coast Guard. Receiving the surfman designation puts Taylor in an elite group; she’s the Coast Guard’s 484th surfman, one of only six females to ever receive the designation in Coast Guard history and the very first from Station Humboldt Bay.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Connick at Station Los Angeles – Long Beach, Calif. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by Lt. Jodie Knox. Whenever a response boat leaves the pier – whether it’s for routine training, a security patrol or rescue mission – Coast Guard coxswains are the men and women in charge. A coxswain
Forty miles southwest of the Pribilof Islands, Coast Guard Cutter Munro navigated shifting ice fields to close on the Bering Sea’s largest fishing fleet. Arctic winds whipped through the bridge’s opened door at sunrise while crewmembers cleaved ice on the forecastle and engineers looked over the ready boat to make sure its systems wouldn’t freeze up. These frozen conditions don’t sound ideal for most people. Then again, most people aren’t crewmembers aboard Munro.
Saying Aloha to the Pacific’s heavy seas, National Motor Lifeboat School’s instructors just finished two weeks of intensive search and rescue training off the coast of Hawaii. Lifesavers from throughout the Pacific gathered at Station Honolulu for a series of unique skill enhancement evolutions.
As one of the Coast Guard’s surf stations, Station Noyo River faces the full gamut of challenges every day. Located along California’s north coast, 150 miles north of San Francisco, their proximity to the Pacific and rugged coastline offers picturesque views and is home to some dramatic rescues. A recent rescue showcased just how demanding their rescue missions can be.
Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests, providing a 24/7 presence along America’s rivers, ports, coastline and on the high seas. But while the Coast Guard’s presence and impact is regional, national and international, our operations are often out of sight. Coast Guard Compass set out to change that. From July 30 to August 5, Coast Guard men and women captured a week in the life of the Coast Guard to highlight the missions we perform on a daily basis.
Coast Guard Cutter Fir’s primary mission is to service and maintain 150 aids to navigation along the Pacific coasts of Oregon and Washington, as well as in the Columbia River. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Maintaining aids to navigation essential to the Pacific Northwest’s major shipping ports, including Coos Bay, Portland and Seattle, are the men
Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Harris, a boatswain’s mate at Coast Guard Station Quillayute River, Wash., conducts a bar assessment Apr. 7, 2012. A river bar is assessed by a qualified coxswain periodically to determine the level of restrictions needed to be applied to vessels crossing the river entrance. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty
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