With a sharp eye and soft hand, Petty Officer 2nd Class Cassandra Kintzley trains Coast Guard men and women who enforce maritime laws, and protect Northeast ports and waterways. Her delicate instructing style helps ease newcomers’ nerves on the range. Her goal is not only teaching people to shoot, but to instill necessary confidence when using a weapon.
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This year the Alaska National hosted 11 four-person teams and a few individual shooters for The Adjutant General Match, an annual marksmanship competition, held on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 8-10, 2017. The Coast Guard brought a four-man team composed of members from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.
As the armory supervisor at the Coast Guard Academy and a competitive shooter, Petty Officer 1st Class Charlie Petrotto has been able to follow his passion for competitive shooting by working with the cadets on the shooting teams and hone his own skills as a marksman. Petrotto’s personal commitment, marksmanship and experience has brought in a fresh perspective to competitive shooting at the Academy.
During a ceremony in late June, Chief Petty Officer Crystal Martens became the first female gunner’s mate to be promoted to chief warrant officer (WEPS) in the weapons specialty.
The gunner’s mate rate is one of the oldest in the Coast Guard however it didn’t see it’s first female chief petty officer until 2011 and the first female senior chief wasn’t advanced until 2014. Martens’s recent accomplishment highlights the strides women continue to make while serving in the armed forces.
Stepping aboard an unfamiliar ship for the first time can be overwhelming. But, a ship is a ship, and sailors are sailors, used to quickly adapting regardless of the vessel. On January 20, 2015, three khaki-clad Mexican Naval officers came on board the 418-foot Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, arguably the most advanced and mission capable cutter in the fleet, and were quickly made to feel at home.
For many, the morning commute to work involves traffic delays, routine routes and mile upon mile of repetition. But for one Coast Guard member, a morning commute turned into a moment to save a life.
March is Women’s History Month. In honor of the many contributions women have made to the history of our service, we bring you the stories of the female leaders of today’s Coast Guard. This week, we are highlighting the contributions of Capt. Patricia McFetridge, the first female aviator to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross,