A three-legged rescue

  On a windy, rainy Saturday afternoon Andrew Vuichard and his dog were called into service. Vuichard, a captain for Tow Boat U.S., was making his way to assist a disabled boat in the area. The boat had run out […]


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Damage Control

    The Coast Guard is the maritime equivalent of the cavalry, riding over the horizon in either helicopters or boats to rescue those in distress. It’s a welcome sight for those in trouble on the Gulf of Mexico. But […]


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Killer Ex

“I’VE GOT AN OPEN DOOR LEFT! NEED SUPPORT, NEED SUPPORT!!” The voices are close.


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Hitting a moving target

Let’s put modesty on hold for a minute and be honest. The U.S. Coast Guard is the best such service in the world. So much so that some of the coast guards of other countries imitate our stripe, our uniform […]


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 […]


Coast Guard Station New Orleans member Seaman Lyndsey Singer pilots the 45-foot Response Boat - Medium on Lake Pontchartrain during a checkride for crewmember qualification, Jan. 10, 2014.

Nerves of keel

  #Chestpains, #Can’tbreathe; #Takethecontrols. #We’resinking! #Manoverboard! If anyone ever found themselves up to their eyeballs in dark waters, chances are they would not tweet their condition to family and friends. They would dial 911 or yell as loud as they […]


Students in the boatcrew college test at Coast Guard Station New Orleans, Dec. 9, 2013.

Crew cruises college to qual

Always being ready is the lifeblood running through the veins of the United States Coast Guard. Priding themselves on being the best trained in many maritime evolutions, Coast Guard members are ready to respond with utmost flexibility and proficiency in […]


Members of Coast Guard Air Station Houston participated in Aviation Water Survival Training, Sept. 25, 2013, to prepare for emergency situations in helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. The training tested their ability to think through crash or ditch situations and gave them the opportunity to utilize emergency equipment during survival situations. (For video of this exercise click image.)

Proficiency: Preparing for the unpredictable

My morning began the same way it had many times before. I walked into Coast Guard Air Station Houston, turned the corner and made my way down the long narrow hallway to the public affairs shop. The hallway was completely […]


Coast Guard aviation maintenance technicians and avionics electricians perform routine maintenance on a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at the air station hangar Oct. 17, 2013.

Keeping the wings golden

A thunderous whirring fills the atmosphere as powerful rotor blades slice into the air. Crossing a body of water a predominant orange-and-white helicopter slows down descending into a hover as the propeller thrust gusts waves to form a halo on […]


Auxiliarists with Flotilla 4-8 conduct rescue basket training with a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.

Aux rocks the air

  Train and maintain is a phrase often associated with mundane tasks that need to get done to please supervisors. Despite the eye rolling and negative connotations associated with the phrase, Coast Guardsmen train for a reason. The Coast Guard […]


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