The BIONIC PIG effect

While surrounded by both senior enlisted and military officers, a timid fireman walks up to the double-glass doors of a red-bricked building. Hoping to gain leadership wisdom from those surrounding her, a nervous breath escapes the fireman’s lips. The cacophony […]

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A Workout to Remember: CG-6535

As heroes of history fell legends sprang forth from their daring feats, but now CrossFit workouts (WODs) are created in their honor. This multimedia project is of the 2nd Annual CG-6535 Memorial Workout done by Coast Guardsmen of the 8th Coast Guard District at the CrossFit Overtorque box in New Orleans.

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Fishy Business: The anatomy of a boarding with Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless

It was pitch-black, I squinted my eyes tightly in attempts to adjust them to the darkness. If it weren’t for the sound of the waves bouncing off the side of the boat there would be no indication of where I […]

Coast Guard crewmembers deploy a buoy during a river tender training event at the Coast Guard Industrial Support Activity, Sept. 23, 2011. Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River is hosting five Coast Guard cutters and more than 115 sailors for a week of training and exercises beginning September 19. This assembly of ships represents nearly half of the Coast Guard's inland river fleet. They are responsible for more than 10,300 miles of inland waterways and the entire navigable lengths of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee river systems. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann.

Billion-dollar buoys

Psst. Want in on a secret of a sweet deal? It’s not plastics, cold fusion or a pair of superconductor bracelets that cure arthritis, cancer, hypertension, depression or mesotheli-something-or-other for just $19.99. No, plastic fills the bumpers of cars and […]

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Honoring Military on 11-11

On the 11th hour of the 11th day on the 11th month of 1918, the world could breathe easier because the major hostilities of World War I formally ended. From that day forward Americans celebrated and still honor their military […]

Petty officers Stephen Ballinger and Ariel Reyes board a Mexican shrimp boat leaving the port of Brownsville, Texas, after seeking shelter from Hurricane Ingrid, Sept. 17, 2013. Coast Guard crews worked with Customs and Border Protection agents to escort approximately 200 vessels in and out of port.

The great exodus

Normally, confiscated lanchas, fishing nets and dead fish populate empty parking spots of Coast Guard Station South Padre Island, Texas. Evidence of a busy week keeping America’s waters sovereign and free of illegal fishing. When I arrived at the station […]

Petty Officer 3rd Class Will Khams, a facility inspector at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City, inspects a pump at a facility near the Atchafalaya River, Sept. 6, 2013.

A safer, cleaner tomorrow

Forget the mundane. This is a mission that is often synonymous with anonymous, as its agents and incidents can be difficult to record. Because, the worst case, end-of-the-world very thing that should have, could have or would have happened — […]

Pictured is a cake at the Coast Guard's 8th District Coast Guard Day celebration held at Naval Joint Reserve Base Belle Chasse, Aug. 2, 2013. The Coast Guard celebrated its 223rd birthday on Aug. 4.

Coast Guard’s 223rd birthday! Why you should care

The Coast Guard turned 223-years-old on Aug. 4, 2013, and really, who cares? It’s not an especially monumental milestone in the grand scheme of things. To figure out why it’s important, let’s jump in the “Wayback Machine” with Mr. Peabody […]

Coast Guard Auxiliarist Jack Godwin, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, takes a photo with the citations for his Purple Heart and Bronze Star during an interview for his oral history in Daphne, July 30, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough.

Delta blood

Blood is the color of hell. Noises, faces in the mist and the entrails of men wallpaper the psyche of those who walked point up a mountain and came down the other side of sanity. In the summer of 1970, […]

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