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Surviving breast cancer, living life to the fullest

In 2006, I was a 30 year-old first time mother to an infant and was preparing to transfer to a new job within the Coast Guard. About a week later, my husband and I received the news that changed our lives forever.

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Friday

Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Newton inspects a recently-cleaned .50 caliber machine gun aboard Cutter Beluga at Base Portsmouth, Va., Aug. 27, 2014. Beluga's crew was in port to prepare for an evening vessel escort. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn.

Friday’s week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 features a new response boat small in St. Petersburg, Florida, working in tight spaces at Station Seattle, gun inspections in Portsmouth, Va., local partnership training in Kodiak, Alaska and underway preparation on the Cutter Mako in Cape May, N.J.

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Monday

For the past 224 years 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.

Following historic footsteps to modern tradition

BM1 Keating

Atop the dunes, Petty Officer 1st Class Louis Keating Jr. realized what was about to happen and was handed a historic surf check – a brass tag surfman would carry during their beach patrols. He was then told to head north to complete a beach patrol walking in the footsteps of the heroes who came before him from the historic Pea Island Lifesaving Station.

Maritime resiliency

RBDF and USCG

The crew aboard Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous, a multi-mission 210-foot medium endurance cutter based out of Cape May, N.J., recently exemplified the spirit of maritime stewardship and partnership during their recent port call to the Bahamas. For three days, the Coast Guard crew collaborated with the Royal Bahamas Defense Force – the armed service and coast guard component of The Bahamas known as RBDF – for community outreach and exercise planning.

Mako’s frozen journey home

Cutter Mako

When the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mako left Baltimore en route to their homeport of Cape May, N.J., they knew the transit through the ice-covered C&D Canal would be challenging. However, they didn’t anticipate the normally seven-hour trip would take 30 hours to complete. Along the way, the crew’s bond strengthened when their training kicked in and they relied on each other’s expertise to get home.

New year, new filter: Boot camp

It’s a #NewYearNewFilter for the Coast Guard as we’ve launched our official Instagram account. To give you a visual sense of life in America’s Coast Guard, we’ve asked Coast Guard members from around the fleet to be guest Instagrammers. Last week, Seaman Frank Iannazzo-Simmons shared his unique perspectives of life at Patrol Forces Southwest Asia. This week, we’re taking you to the place where it all begins for the Coast Guard’s enlisted workforce – Training Center Cape May.

Shipmate of the Week – Crew of the 6507

During the holiday season, families across the nation come together to celebrate. From singing carols to opening presents, each family commemorates the holidays with their own special traditions. The duty crew at Air Station Atlantic City celebrated one of the finest Coast Guard traditions this Christmas Eve – the tradition of saving lives.

Shipmate of the Week – BMC Jay McChesney

Chief McChesney

Coast Guard reservists are required to serve one weekend a month and two weeks a year. One New Jersey-based reservist is devoted to saving lives, in and out of military uniform. Chief Petty Officer Jay McChesney, a reservist from Coast Guard Station Manasquan Inlet, N.J., is a qualified coxswain and a registered nurse.