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Coast Guard Heroes: Oliver F. Berry

Chief Machinist’s Mate Berry became one of the world’s first helicopter maintenance specialists. A distinguished expert mechanic on original Coast Guard aircraft including landplanes and seaplanes as well as helicopters, he was lead instructor at the very first U.S. military helicopter training unit, the Rotary Wing Development Unit…

Building the National Security Cutter: Commissioning

Building the National Security Cutter: Commissioning

“Together with my shipmates, we’re beginning the most important milestones in the life of a cutter,” said Capt. Doug Fears, Hamilton’s commanding officer and the most senior member of the crew. “The Cutter Hamilton is now officially in active service to execute the most challenging maritime security, law enforcement, and national defense missions.”

Shipmate of the Week – Ethen Richardson

Ethen Richardson is an 8-year-old boy with an amazing spirit and contagious smile. In July, doctors diagnosed Ethen with an inoperable tumor on his brain stem. As Ethen battles his illness, the local community wanted to lift his spirits and show their support. Members from the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Charleston and the South Carolina Aquarium teamed up to provide Ethen behind-the-scenes access to the aquarium and what it’s like to be part of the Coast Guard for the day.

Shipmate of the Week – CWO Thomas Gelwicks Jr.


At the heart of The Citadel, an institution rich with military tradition and leadership since it’s founding in 1842, is its corps of cadets. Amidst the sea of grey cadet uniforms is one member who stands out with his Coast Guard blue – Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Gelwicks Jr. Gelwicks is the first Coast Guard officer to be employed at The Citadel and is currently the Bravo Company tactical officer with the Office of the Commandant.

A moonlit search, a remarkable rescue

Air Station Savannah and Air Facility Charleston

As a family of seven cast their lines 25 miles off the coast of Charleston, S.C., for a day of fishing over Labor Day weekend, their 38-foot Fountain boat began to flood with water. They called “mayday” on their VHF radio and gave details of their location, but their call for help was distorted. With

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Video: Guardians rescue man trapped on sandbar

Coast Guard rescue swimmer Jon Houlberg exits the helicopter on his way to rescue a man trapped on a sandbar below in this U.S. Coast Guard illustration. Click the image to watch video of the rescue. A Coast Guard helicopter was deployed by Air Station Savannah over the weekend to rescue a man stranded on

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itCG – Medevac, AMVER vessel rescues boaters, petroleum-based product spill, Flying Santa

This video illustrates the dangers of deploying a rescue swimmer and hoisting a person off of a vessel in 20-foot seas. This rescue took place on Saturday night when a Coast Guard helicopter medically evacuated a man off a tugboat about 54 miles off the coast of South Carolina. The 52-year-old man injured his head

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itCG-Secretary visit, F-16 crash, President’s award, crab preparations

The Coast Guard earned kudos from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano during a visit to the Vessel Traffic Center in New Orleans. Secretary Napolitano noted the Coast Guard’s diverse and often unpublicized port safety and security missions during a meeting with public and private sector stakeholders to discuss inter-agency coordination and port resurgence after Hurricane Katrina.

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itCG-EPIRB leads to rescue, two medevaced, six rescued

Although the crew onboard a fishing vessel did not directly call the Coast Guard for help, Guardians were alerted that a vessel was in trouble Sunday night by a 406 MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) registered to the fishing vessel Captain Smoke, a 39-foot shrimping vessel. A Coast Guard helicopter launched to the

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