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Three generations of surfmen

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Of the Coast Guard’s approximate 4,800 boatswain’s mates, only about 200 are currently surfmen. There have only ever been roughly 500 surfmen in the service’s history. The path to qualification is wrought with discomfort, danger and dedication beyond the scope of normal human tolerance.

Astoria: An official Coast Guard City

Astoria crews

Standing on the 17th Street Pier in Astoria, Ore., you’ll witness the ebb and flow of a bustling maritime community as fishermen prepare for the days catch and tug and pilot boats set out to safeguard commercial ships. But there’s a new addition to the pier in the form of a simple black granite slab. The monument is plain but what it stands for is a rich respect and partnership that has lasted for generations. Six words are etched in the granite to symbolize this respect – Astoria an official Coast Guard City.


Aloha to heavy weather training

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.

Nothing disappointing at Cape Disappointment

Lifeboat training

The search and rescue alarm sounds at Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Wash., early one fall morning. Petty Officer 1st Class Bradd Beckett, boatswain’s mate and surfman, races to the 47-foot motor lifeboat along with his crew. The crew hurries to assist a boat taking on 14-foot waves near the south jetty at the Columbia River entrance. Arriving alongside the boat, Beckett turns to his skills and knowledge acquired the previous year at the National Motor Lifeboat School to bring the distressed mariners and his crew back safely.

Ancient history

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Master Chief Petty Officer James Clemens was honored today with the Joshua James Ancient Keeper Award as Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Guthlein, the former Ancient Keeper, retired from the Coast Guard. The Ancient Keeper is a title presented to an active duty Coast Guard member in recognition of their longevity in command of a boat force unit and outstanding performance in boat operations.

National Motor Lifeboat School comes to the East Coast

National Motor Lifeboat School

Post Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class James Rhodes, Public Affairs Specialist PROVINCETOWN, Mass. – The first ever graduating class of the National Motor Lifeboat School's satellite Heavy Weather Course pose with their instructors and members of Station Provincetown for a class photo after a graduation ceremony Nov. 18, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by

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People’s Choice – Coast Guard Photo Contest

The pictures for this year’s Coast Guard Photo Contest are in and the results are impressive! Everyday, Guardians around the world capture remarkable photographs of the Coast Guard in action. From homeland security patrols to routine training missions and arctic operations, Coast Guard men and women are there, witnessing and capturing the work of America’s

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