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 […]


Auxiliarists with Division 1, 8th Western Rivers District, pose for a photo at the Red Cross distribution center in Westminster, Colo.

Rocky Mountain rescuers

  There is no greater spirit than that of a volunteer. No one exemplifies this better than the Coast Guard Auxiliarists of Division 1, 8th Western Rivers District. September brought unprecedented rainfall and flooding to Colorado. At least eight people […]


Pictured is the National Weather Service New Orleans office severe weather emergency response vehicle in Slidell, La., Aug. 19, 2013. The SWERV is deployed during emergency situations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets.

Backed by science

      Growing up, did you ever do something that was, let’s say, less than advisable? Maybe climbing that particular tree wasn’t such a good idea? Maybe stepping on that particular elderly gentleman’s lawn ruined your day? Wouldn’t it […]


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Proficiency: it’s the name of the game

The last time I’d schedule a visit Coast Guard Station Freeport the visit had been rained out. Weeks of planning went down the drain as I drove into work, listening to the area weather forecast over the radio. When I […]


Adult male and female (mom and dad) wearing inflatable life jackets and kids wearing children's life jackets on a motor boat. U.S. Coast Guard photo

One life jacket away

“It’s too hot and gets in the way.” “I’m a good swimmer, don’t worry.” “Nothing is going to happen to me.” These are things you may have heard before if you participate in recreational boating. In 2012, the Coast Guard […]


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Saviors in the shadows

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally “Hello all station, hello all station” crackles throughout a dimly lit room. The room is about the size of an apartment loft. A dull, gray, semi-circle cavern with screens and speakers hidden […]


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Looking for a sign

San Luis Pass. The name gently rolls of the tongue. Situated between Freeport and Galveston, Texas, the waterway looks as benign as the name is pleasant to say. In fact, you could say it’s scenic what with its sandy beaches […]


CGC Norvell Commissioning

Coast Guard hero immortalized

New Orleans native, Margaret “Madge” Norvell served as a lighthouse keeper for 41 years with the U.S. Lighthouse Service, which merged with the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939. Standing her watch at multiple lighthouses along Louisiana’s shores she saved countless lives. Her legacy…now forever immortalized.


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