Petty Officer 3rd Class Madison Renfro, a health service technician at the Sector Houston-Galveston medical clinic opens and reads her positive thought of the day, Aug. 28, 2014

A breath of fresh air

Being a part of a military organization can be stressful. Coast Guard men and women deal with dangerous, high tempo, real-life evolutions on a daily basis. Whether it is a search-and-rescue case, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief or vessel inspections, […]


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Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team New Orleans: Setting the waterways straight

  Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team New Orleans maintains channel markers in the New Orleans area. They inspect buoys marking the waterways for damage, corrosion and proper channel placement. Properly marking the channels not only keeps commercial vessels safe, but […]


Lt. Joseph Prado, 8th Coast Guard District, holds a dog at the Louisiana SPCA, May 23, 2014.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets)

Pause for a cause

  Coast Guardsmen are a contractually nomadic tribe, traveling from coast to coast and then some carrying out the King’s business.   As perpetual transplants, they don’t just live where they work. They put down roots and help their new […]


Pictured here is a board displaying the 2014 Belle Chase Cardinals Baseball Team Roster April 25, 2014.

Homerun bound

Passion is a motivator. Passion has the power to push people to move forward beyond expectations. It provides the drive and motivation to get up every day and charge at life. The service is built by passionate individuals who have […]


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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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Uncolored

Not another PowerPoint, please. Most Coast Guardsmen furrow brows and exhale deep sighs and ughs if they have to sit through a presentation that lasts as long as what a root canal may feel like without anesthesia. They probably mutter to […]


A Coast Guard K-9 handler from the Marine Safety and Security Team in Galveston, Texas, and his bomb-sniffing dog are lowered from a MH-65 Dolphin from Air Station Houston to a boat, Feb. 7, 2014. The hoist was part of training designed to acclimate the dog and handler with the aerial entry process.

Ruff Responder

Often times Coast Guard personnel are called to duty during not-so-ideal circumstances. Whether it’s during a disaster response, search-and-rescue case, oil spill, or ice-breaking operations in the Bering Sea, these not-so-ideal conditions are when its members thrive. That is when […]


Pictured is a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter during a training exercise, Oct. 25, 2013.

A fistful of maintenance schedules

Thanks to an attention to detail that would rival Stanley Kubrick at his most meticulous and a borderline obsessive compulsive adherence to maintenance schedules, the crewmembers of Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans keep their helicopters mission-ready through a constant […]


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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 […]


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