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Experience the Coast Guard

In this section you will hear stories of bravery and courage, rescues and drug busts, environmental pollution cleanup, terrorists, and notable off-duty accomplishments. These are real-life stories about Coast Guard men and women in action.

Coast Guardsmen come from all over the country and from all walks of life. Some have boating experience while others had never been on the water until joining the Coast Guard. In this section you can read profiles of Coast Guardsmen from across the country and throughout the world.

For more stories and additional information, visit Official Blog of the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Coast Guard Library.


Coast Guardsman Pioneers Unmanned Aerial Surveillance

LT Thomas Shuler is pioneering the Coast Guard's UAS (Unmanned Aerial Surveillance) program by earning the distinction of being our first operational Predator MQ-9 Pilot.

Female Guardians

Making Strides and Blazing Paths

In honor of the many contributions women have made in the history of our service, leaders of today’s Coast Guard are gathering to celebrate Women’s History Month.

Unveiling memorial

He is our Hero - We are His Legacy

He died April 24, 2004, with two U.S. Navy sailors. I was only eight years old. I couldn’t have even begun to comprehend that level of sacrifice then.

Coast Guard crews

A Beacon of Stewardship

Since 1994, the Coast Guard has employed a strict method of tracking batteries used to power aids to navigation by assigning a unique serial number to each battery and tracking them in a database from the time it is purchased until it is recycled.

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Aloha to Heavy Weather Training

You may have heard of the Coast Guard’s National Motor Lifeboat School, the center for excellence that trains the Coast Guard’s lifesavers near the notoriously perilous Columbia River bar. The school is the only one of its kind in the United States, but that didn’t keep the school’s instructors from training Coast Guardsmen in the worst of conditions across the nation.

Petty Officer stands before Rescue Helicopter

First Female Rescue Swimmer Promoted to Chief Petty Officer

When the motor vessel Marine Electric was caught in a winter storm in the early hours of Feb. 12, 1983, their 605-foot ship capsized, tossing 34 crewmembers into the 39-degree waters east of Chincoteague, Va.

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SN Zachary Weigel

Catch the men and women in the Coast Guard performing their jobs, and letting you know how it feels to be out there in the middle of the action. Click the video to watch

Lorrin Ching stands by the photovoltaic array

Coast Guard Master Electrician Promotes Energy Sustainability

Imagine for a moment if you opened your monthly electric bill and saw the amount of $165,000. Well, that is what Coast Guard Base Support Unit Honolulu sees on its average monthly statement.

Guardian being sworn in.

Making it Official - Coast Guard Member Becomes US Citizen

Originally born in Venezuela, she’s been calling the U.S. her home for many years – now it’s official!

Picture of Coast Guard Divers in the water.

Coast Guard Divers in Space

A crew of aquanauts - yes aquanauts! - left surface life and submerged themselves in the world's only undersea laboratory, Aquarius, for two weeks. They were participating in NEEMO 16, a mission designed to help mold future space missions. 

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Sea Lion in cage.

Coast Guard Assists in the Release of a Sea Lion

On the clear, crisp morning of Dec. 17, the crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb helped load an 1,100 pound sea lion onto the deck of the buoy tender.  Their mission today...

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Icy Swan Rescue

The Coast Guard rescued a black swan on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2009, after it was stuck to the ice and was unable to free itself.  A team of four Coast Guardsmen from Station Lorain, Ohio...

Guardians who rescued HMS Bounty

HMS Bounty Rescuers Reflect on Rescue

As Hurricane Sandy approached land, the HMS Bounty and 16 sailors aboard were in dire need of help.

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A Taste of Life at Sea

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

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A Day in the Life of a Helicopter Rescue

It began with a 911 call from someone stranded aboard a 17-foot recreation boat that was soft aground in the low tide waters near the San Mateo Bridge.

Buoy tender

Got Questions - This Buoy Tender Sailor Has Answers

We asked our Facebook fans if they could ask a buoy tender sailor anything, what would it be?

Coast Guard Officer Trainee wins engineering award

Coast Guard Officer Trainee Wins Engineering Award

Terrell Jackson, pictured center, a Coast Guard trainee and senior at Fayetteville State University studying chemistry, received the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) in the Military Leadership category, February 8, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

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Deployment to South Korea: Base Camp

Written by Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith


2010 Coast Guard Engineer of the Year

It takes vision to conceive of a project, but it takes perseverance, skill and hard work to bring it to completion. LCDR John F.

Coast Guard veterans Christopher Shunk, Sancho Johnson and Michael Bell on a bike ride during training camp for the Navy/Coast Guard team ahead of the 2011 Warrior Games.

Coast Guardsmen of the Warrior Games

The decision to don a uniform and serve in the armed forces is one of the most significant decisions a young American can make.

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Coast Guardsman Rescues Hang Glider Pilot

Can you imagine what it would be like to deploy out of a helicopter over rocky cliffs and turbulent seas and swim in and back out of a cave with raging waves to rescue someone. Almost like a Hollywood movie, isn’t it?

Michael Hansen stands on top of Texas Hill overlooking the Training Center.

Coast Guardsman Inspires Others Through Environmental Stewardship

Becoming more environmentally friendly can be as simple as reducing water use and recycling plastic, aluminum and paper products. But one shipmate isn’t stopping there.