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Behind the wings
Behind the wingsFrom the movies on the big screen to the 6 o’clock news, Coast Guard aircrews are often seen rescuing people from deadly storms or enforcing maritime laws designed to protect the American public. An essential part of accomplishing the Coast Guard mission rests in the abilities of aircrews devoted to getting the job done safely and efficiently. The wings they wear over their heart symbolizes months and years of specialized training in airborne operations.


Impossible is nothing
“It felt like I was sitting in the doorway just like when I was a rescue swimmer. I just wanted to get into the water and do the thing.” As the seconds count down, his fingers tighten on the lip of the pool. His eyes, locked on the wall at the opposite end of the lane. It’s not a race. Not even close. The clock makes it official. 2:28 p.m. He kicks off and is away to the cheers of onlookers, fans and family. On Feb. 28, 2012, four Coast Guard members lost their lives in a helicopter crash that was felt by every one of the service’s approximate 42,000 men and women. A memorial ceremony held at their assigned unit of Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama saw Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron, Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge, Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight, and Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor mourned and honored by their command as well as the Commandant of the Coast Guard. Many tears were shed as shipmates shared their stories of each man’s courage and friendship. Lt. Shannon Scaff, an instructor with the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, South Carolina and long time friend of Taylor decided to invest his grief into something positive: a test of his mind, body and will.


Coast Guard rescues fishermen in consecutive cases in Matagorda Bay, Texas
Coast Guard rescues fishermen in consecutive cases in Matagorda Bay, TexasCoast Guard boat and air crews rescued a 64-year-old man after his oyster boat went aground and began taking on water in Matagorda Bay early this morning and rescued another man after his oyster boat went aground in the same area this afternoon.


Coast Guard interdicts another Mexican fishing crew poaching in the Gulf of Mexico with 133 red snapper
Coast Guard interdicts another Mexican fishing crew poaching in the Gulf of MexicoThe Coast Guard interdicted a Mexican fishing crew in the waters off South Texas early Thursday morning with 445 pounds of illegally caught red snapper.


Ombudsmen: Linking Coast Guard families together
Station Cape May OmbudsmanWhen people enlist in the Coast Guard, they must complete eight weeks of basic training. It is during this initial phase of service where they learn the ropes — and knots — of being a member. However, there is no basic training course for their spouses or children. That’s where the ombudsmen come in.


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Video Icon USCGC Neah Bay Rescues Lake St. Clair Walker

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, home-ported in Cleveland, rescued a 25-year-old man attempting to walk across Lake St. Clair, March 5, 2015. The crew transported the man, a U.S. citizen who was hypothermic, back to shore in Algonac,...



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The Coast Guard partnered with the Fish and Wildlife Service to transport a manatee that was...


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Impossible is NothingImpossible is Nothing
Lt. Shannon Scaff, an instructor with the Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy swam for...


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Coast Guard flight operations Coast Guard flight operations
Petty Officer 2nd Class Julio Leos, a crew member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, a 378-foot high endurance cutter home-ported in Naval...


Firing range on Kodiak Island, Alaska Firing range on Kodiak Island, Alaska
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Manor (left) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Wyatt Laney (right) fire rifles at the Coast Guard’s firing range on...


Coast Guardsmen conduct boat crew training Coast Guardsmen conduct boat crew training
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Perchard Award: July - December 2014 Perchard Award: July - December 2014
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jesse Sanchez pauses for a photo in front of a HC-130 Hercules airplane at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, March...


Behind the wings Behind the wings
Petty Officer 2nd Class Suzanne Sanchez, a food specialist with Coast Guard Air Station Miami, prepares food for the air station’s change of...


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Mayday call - Tug Nalani
HONOLULU — Eleven people are safe after a 95-foot towing vessel sank approximately two and half miles west of Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu,...


Lifesaving gift ideas for the holidays
Petty Officer 3rd Class Joshua Piasecki, a rescue swimmer at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, offers lifesaving gift ideas for the holidays....


Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 4 from boat fire
The audio is of the initial distress call from one of four people rescued by a good Samaritan and the Coast Guard after a boat fire threatened all...


Mayday Call Dec. 9, 2014
HONOLULU - This audio file was taken from a mayday call received by watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center Dec. 9, 2014. The mayday call...


Fishing vessel Blazer mayday call west of Siletz Bay
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