It’s not unusual for a child to follow in their parent’s footsteps. Matthew Walker, a retired Coast Guard captain and former commanding officer of three cutters: Manitou, Polar Star and Steadfast, has two sons who followed him into the Coast Guard – Fireman Maxwell Walker, currently attending Machinery Technician “A” School in Yorktown, Virginia, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Alan Nielsen, a boatswain’s mate at Station Coos Bay in Charleston, Oregon. One of his sons even followed his footsteps to one of the very cutters he commanded.
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It’s your birthday; you’re hanging out with your family and friends. There are candles, birthday cake and presents. Relaxing right? Chief Warrant Officer Paul Zado’s first birthday underway as a Coast Guardsman was a little different. He was a petty officer hanging on for his life inside Coast Guard Cutter Planetree’s galley as 20-foot waves tossed the 180-foot long cutter. Plates flew from the dishwasher, scattering like a flock of seagulls. He couldn’t even hear his own voice over the bellowing storm.
Chief Warrant Officer James Bride has spent his life at sea, making his way along the Alaskan coast, around the Pacific Rim and throughout the Atlantic basin. He has made moorings and anchorages from South America to the Arctic and from Tokyo to San Juan. That’s a lot of port calls and a lot of years. 20 years of sea duty to be exact.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., the 13th Gold Ancient Mariner of the Coast Guard congratulates Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Hearn, the new Silver Ancient Mariner at a change of watch ceremony. Coast Guard photo by PA3 David Weydert. Do you think you are a “salty” member of the United States Coast
ATLANTIC OCEAN – Crewmembers aboard the Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba hold on to nets on the flight deck of the cutter when the ship rolls in 15-foot seas Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009. The 270-foot cutter is approaching a Gloucester, Mass., lobster boat that became disabled more than 200 miles southeast of Nantucket, Mass. (U.S.