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In honor of Flag Day, we wanted to share this heartwarming story about two Coast Guardsmen from Port Security Unit 308 w...
06/14/2020

In honor of Flag Day, we wanted to share this heartwarming story about two Coast Guardsmen from Port Security Unit 308 who helped a member of the community in her time of need following the death of a relative.

Her uncle was a veteran and unable to have a traditional funeral due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. His remains and an unfolded American flag, that would have been draped over his casket during a funeral, were given to her after he passed away.

She didn't know how to fold a flag properly, but thankfully Petty Officers Terrance Gray and Darnell Geralds were in the right place at the right time to assist.

We thought their act was the perfect way to honor our flag on Flag Day, and honor all those who've fought for it throughout our country's history.

Thank you Petty Officers Terrance Gray and Darnell Geralds, for being the beacon of light in the time of need for this family and living our core values every day.

Read the full story here: bit.ly/FlagDay20

06/14/2020
"Unite Our Nation By Empowering Equality" - Bay Area Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month virtual celebration and panel discussion

"Unite Our Nation By Empowering Equality"

The month of May was Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It was an opportunity to reflect and recognize the challenges faced by Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders (AAPI), Native Hawaiians, and their vital contributions to the American story.

The U.S. Coast Guard proudly honors and pays tribute to Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and acknowledges their achievements to our Service, our Nation, and the World.

The Coast Guard Pacific Area Command and Coast Guard Island AAPI Committee hosted a virtual Bay Area Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration and panel discussion honoring the theme Unite Our Nation by Empowering Equality.

The virtual event, moderated by LT Vincent Nguyen, featured opening remarks by Vice Admiral Linda Fagan, Commander Pacific Area, and panelists Cdr. Elizabeth Platt, Mr. Charles Srioudom, Master Chief Cynthia Moneda, and Petty Officer 1st Class Lana Port.

This year's theme, "Unite Our Nation By Empowering Equality," was chosen by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), culminating FAPAC's 2017-2020 "Unite" series and focuses on diversity, inclusion, and leadership to advance the AAPI community.

We remember the challenges and sacrifices of millions of Asian immigrants and their descendants. We celebrate their contributions in many professions and fields, including education, law, government, business, science, sports, and the arts. From migrant laborers to inventive trailblazers, the month of May was a time to acknowledge their hardships, culture, achievements, and beliefs.

Asian American and Pacific Islanders have served with distinction in the U.S. Coast Guard since the 1860s. AAPI members have also served bravely in the United States Armed Services and have earned numerous distinguished military decorations for their leadership, courage, and patriotism.

We hope you enjoy the panel!

06/12/2020
Thank you for joining us today for the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star’s Change-of-Command ceremony!

During today’s change-of-command ceremony, Capt. William Woityra will assume command of the Polar Star from Capt. Gregory Stanclik.

Vice Admiral Linda Fagan, Commander Pacific Area, will preside over the ceremony taking place while Polar Star is in dry dock undergoing maintenance ahead of their next Antarctic deployment in support of Operation Deep Freeze!

The change-of-command ceremony is a historic military tradition that represents the formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. The event reinforces the continuity of command and provides an opportunity to celebrate the crew's accomplishments.

Join us Friday, June 12th, for the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star's Change-of-Command ceremony! The Change-of-Comman...
06/11/2020

Join us Friday, June 12th, for the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star's Change-of-Command ceremony! The Change-of-Command will commence at 10 a.m., and we'll Facebook Live the ceremony on our page.

The Polar Star is currently undergoing maintenance at a Vallejo, Calif. dry dock in preparation for next year's Operation Deep Freeze deployment to Antarctica.

Tune in early for a look back at Polar Star's recent Antarctic deployment!

06/11/2020
53-year-old Coast Guard Cutter makes $37M drug bust on the high seas!

Crew aboard 53-year-old Coast Guard Cutter makes $37M drug bust on the high seas!

Last month the Coast Guard Cutter Active’s crew seized more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine and detained three suspected drug smugglers from a go-fast vessel operating approximately 200 nautical miles off the coast of El Salvador in the Eastern Pacific Ocean!

You may have seen the photos, but check out the video captured by the Active’s Unmanned Aerial System team!

Active deployed to the Eastern Pacific Ocean in support of Campaign Martillo - the U.S.’s whole-of-government effort to combat drug trafficking and transnational organized crime. Campaign Martillo includes sixteen U.S. agency partners, including the Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, DEA, HSI, and U.S Attorneys in California, Florida, and Puerto Rico, New York, Texas, Alabama and Ohio.

Campaign Martillo also includes the participation of 21 nations who work together to counter cartels and illicit trafficking traveling via air or waters of the Western Hemisphere.

The campaign is led by Joint Interagency Task Force South a component of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), which oversees the detection and monitoring of illicit traffickers traveling via air and seas and supports U.S. and multi-national law enforcement agencies with interdictions.

The actual U.S.-led at sea law enforcement boardings are conducted by trained Coast Guard members under the tactical control of the Coast Guard’s 11th district headquartered in Alameda.

Read more about Active's recent patrol here: bit.ly/ACTIVE2020

#DYK Active was the first white hull cutter in the Coast Guard to employ a team authorized by the service to operate Short Range Unmanned Aerial Systems (SR-UAS)?

🎥 by ACTIVE’s UAS team (HSC Steve Schink, YN2 Cory Humak, OS3 Lance Fogle)

Lock and load!Readiness doesn’t stop.Crewmembers aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche maintained their weapons qua...
06/10/2020

Lock and load!

Readiness doesn’t stop.

Crewmembers aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche maintained their weapons qualifications during their recent counterdrug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Can anyone ID what machine gun the crew is firing in these photos?

Read more about their recent patrol here: bit.ly/WMSL751_2020

📸s by BM3 Vincent Gordon - Waseche crew

Last month, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche and the USCGC Terrell Horne conducted joint operations to disrupt the fl...
06/09/2020

Last month, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche and the USCGC Terrell Horne conducted joint operations to disrupt the flow of illicit narcotics across the Eastern Pacific Ocean's known smuggling routes.

Fast Response Cutters like the Terrell Horne are designed with an endurance of five days. One leg of their joint patrol was 14 days straight underway without an international port call. This is a LONG time for an FRC!

This was accomplished by the cutters conducting two astern refueling at sea (AFAS) evolutions and an underway replenishment (UNREP) of food stores to sustain extended operations in the first-ever surface action group (SAG) operations between a National Security Cutter and an FRC in the Eastern Pacific.

The cutters were deployed to the region in support of the Presidentially directed counternarcotics surge operations amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic.

📸s by LT John Beal - Commanding Officer of the USCGC Terrell Horne

#ICYMI Deployed since early March, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche held a unique change-of-command ceremony before m...
06/08/2020

#ICYMI Deployed since early March, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche held a unique change-of-command ceremony before mooring at U.S. Coast Guard Base Alameda Thursday following their counterdrug patrol!

Capt. Jason H. Ryan relieved Capt. Patrick J. Dougan as Waesche's commanding officer during the modified ceremony held aboard the cutter while anchored in the San Francisco Bay.

The change-of-command ceremony is a historic military tradition representing the formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. The event reinforces the continuity of command and provides an opportunity to celebrate the crew's accomplishments.

The ceremony was presided over by Vice Admiral Linda Fagan, Commander U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area.

The crew conducted the ceremony following their 90-day counterdrug patrol, stemming the flow of illicit narcotics trafficked across international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean amid the coronavirus pandemic.

This week we'll highlight the work of the Waesche and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Terrell Horne crews, who conducted joint operations together in the Eastern Pacific during the patrol.

Read more here: bit.ly/WMSL751_2020

📸s by BM3 Vincent Gordon - Waseche crew

06/08/2020
Coast Guard Cutter Active crewmember, 2019 EPOY winner, meritoriously advanced

We were live for the advancement ceremony of the 2019 CG Enlisted Person of the Year (EPOY), HSC Steve Schink, on the USCGC ACTIVE this morning but had a techincal clitch. We wanted to repost the video from today's ceremony aknowledging the remarkable work by HSC to be awarded the 2019 EPOY!

HSC was meritoriously advanced on May 1, 2020 and will be joined by his family and the ACTIVE Chiefs Mess today where they will pin on his anchors.

We will be going live tomorrow at noon (Monday, June 8, 1200 Pacific) for the pinning of the 2019 CG Enlisted Person of ...
06/08/2020

We will be going live tomorrow at noon (Monday, June 8, 1200 Pacific) for the pinning of the 2019 CG Enlisted Person of the Year (EPOY), HSC Steve Schink, on the USCGC ACTIVE. HSC was meritoriously advanced on May 1, 2020 and will be joined by his family and the ACTIVE Chiefs Mess tomorrow where they will pin on his anchors. Congratulations again HSC!

HSC Schink smiles with Commanding Officer, CDR James O’Mara, Command Chief, CSC Jeffrey Thompson, and SK1 Benjamin Davis at the District 13 EPOY Dinner and awards ceremony in February.

📸: Ashley Schink, wife of HSC

“Into the Jaws of death.”Many may know this photo, which was taken seventy-six years ago today. But how many of you knew...
06/06/2020

“Into the Jaws of death.”

Many may know this photo, which was taken seventy-six years ago today. But how many of you knew it was taken by U.S. Coast Guard Chief Photographers Mate Robert F. Sargent?

Sargent took this iconic photo from his landing craft at sector “Easy Red” of Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, at approx. 7:40 a.m. local time.

Operation Neptune, the naval assault phase of Operation Overlord, was the largest single combat operation the Coast Guard has ever taken part in. During those initial days of the liberation of Western Europe, the service demonstrated its expertise, versatility, and value as a maritime service in several ways: combat operations; ship and small boat handling; loading and discharging cargo at sea and ashore; directing vessel traffic, and search and rescue operations – in most cases under enemy fire.

But the Coast Guard carried out another critical mission — sending combat photographers and correspondents in with the troops. Thus, Sargent was at Normandy, where he was able to capture the most famous invasion in modern history.

Read more about R.F. Sargent, and the Coast Guard’s role during D-Day - one of the most pivotal points in our world’s history: bit.ly/RFSargent

06/04/2020

The Coast Guard Cutter Waesche is homeward bound today!

The crew will be conducting a change-of-command ceremony this morning during their transit home following a 90-day counterdrug patrol!

Join us around 10 a.m for the live stream.

Waesche's crew departed Alameda in early March and are headed home today. They‘re conducting a change-of-command ceremony from the cutter’s flight deck while in the San Francisco Bay enroute to their homeport following their 90-day patrol.

Ensuring the health and safety of the entire crew, they self-quarantined for 14 days off California's coast in March before commencing their multi-month patrol. Instead of making international port calls, the cutter took on fuel, food, and supplies during underway replenishments at sea with the U.S. Navy.

Read more about U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche's recent patrol and their change-of-command ceremony here: bit.ly/WMSL751_2020

06/03/2020

Up, Up, and AWAY!

#DYK The USCGC STRATTON WMSL 752, seen here, is one of six 418’ Legend Class National Security Cutters operating under the command of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area?

The service’s newest NSCs, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Kimball and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, are homeported in Honolulu. Stratton is homeported in Alameda, Calif. along with the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro!

These cutters live up to their name as they are truly instrumental to our national security. Our U.S. Coast Guard crews deploy and operate NSCs across Pacific Area’s AOR from combating criminal activity by international drug cartels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, to strengthening maritime governance and the rule of law ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific. Crews aboard NSCs also deploy to the Bering Sea and throughout the Aleutian Islands to protect and save the lives of fishermen working in some of the most dangerous elements while also conducting maritime boundary patrols.

🎥 by Seaman Titus Bender - Coast Guard Cutter Stratton crew

05/31/2020

Did someone say SWIM Call?!

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active’s crew took a break during their recent counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean for a refreshing dip in the deep blue sea!

🎥 by ACTIVE’s UAS team (HSC Steve Schink, YN2 Cory Humak, OS3 Lance Fogle)

The Coast Guard Cutter Active stayed busy during their recent counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean!Active's ...
05/29/2020

The Coast Guard Cutter Active stayed busy during their recent counter-drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean!

Active's crew adapted their patrol to the dynamic conditions and limitations encountered operating amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, including canceling port calls and limited opportunities for fuel and supplies.

During their counter-drug deployment, Active completed an Astern Fueling At Sea evolution with the USCGC STRATTON WMSL 752, the first ever conducted between a 418' National Security Cutter and a 210' Medium Endurance Cutter. The AFAS kept the cutter fueled and engaged in the operational area to thwart illicit smuggling efforts!

The crew interdicted a panga ~200 nautical miles off the coast of El Salvador with three suspected smugglers and more than 2,000 pounds of cocaine aboard worth an estimated $37 Million during the patrol!

"This patrol, and this interdiction in particular, highlights the resilience and professionalism of Active's crew," said Cmdr. James O'Mara, commanding officer of Active. "We canceled a port visit, stretched logistics, and diverted 500 miles to get on target and do our job. No captain could ask or expect more from a crew, especially given all the adversity overcome during this patrol. Though I know if more were required, this crew would rally and answer the call, the way they always do."

The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE), Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA, The United States Department of Justice, allied and international partner agencies, play a role in these counter-drug operations.

📸s by LTJG Julianne West and Stratton’s crew

Aerial photo by ACTIVE’s UAS team (HSC Steve Schink, YN2 Cory Humak & OS3 Lance Fogle)

05/29/2020
USCGC Stratton and Active conduct first Astern Fueling At Sea between a National Security Cutter and Medium Endurance Cutter

If you need to top off your fuel tanks, but you also want to stay in the operational area to disrupt drug smugglers - why not take on some fuel from another U.S. Coast Guard cutter while both cutters remaining at sea?!

On May 14th, USCGC STRATTON WMSL 752 and CGC ACTIVE (WMEC 618) completed the first-ever Astern Fueling At Sea between a National Security Cutter and Medium Endurance Cutter!

The cutters conducted the AFAS more than 150 NM from the closest land. To execute the AFAS, STRATTON had to take ACTIVE in a 300’ tow.

To give this video some perspective - Stratton is a 418’ National Security Cutter, and ACTIVE is a 210’ Medium Endurance Cutter!

🎥and by ACTIVE’s UAS team (HSC Steve Schink, YN2 Cory Humak, OS3 Lance Fogle)

The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, and Royal Canadian Navy signed a five-year strategic plan Tuesday, laying the foundatio...
05/29/2020

The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, and Royal Canadian Navy signed a five-year strategic plan Tuesday, laying the foundation for future coordination and joint operations!

Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area; Vice Adm. Scott D. Conn, commander Commander, U.S. Third Fleet; Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Bob Auchterlonie, commander Maritime Forces Pacific / Forces maritimes du Pacifique; and a small delegation of their staffs participated in a Three-Party Staff Talks (TPST) meeting via videoconference which culminated in the signing of the strategic plan.

“Whether it’s combating criminal activity by international drug cartels in the eastern pacific, or strengthening maritime governance and the rule of law to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific, we rely on our Navy and Canadian partners to maximize success,” said Fagan. “This strategic plan improves interoperability and coordination across our sea services, allowing us to more effectively secure our countries’ shared maritime safety, security, and economic interests.”

Staff from the three services collaborated in February ahead of Tuesday's TPST during a multi-day working group where the teams focused on joint operations, exercise planning, and communications.

The TPST meetings and working groups provide a face-to-face forum for discussions and planning opportunities for improving defense readiness, homeland security, fisheries enforcement, counter-drug law enforcement, and search-and-rescue operations between the services.

“We routinely operate together across many different mission sets,” said Conn. “However, we are always looking at ways to improve our interoperability and strengthen our partnership. Our staff talks provide a valuable forum to discuss and plan how we will continue working together to defend the homeland while ensuring a secure and stable maritime environment.”

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Congratulations C Congratulations CDR (s) Bill. Enjoyed the ceremony. Stay well, keep the Faith, and be sure to keep a journal of your Command. You and Shane are always in our prayers. Love, Aunt Carol
don't know why the name Waesche sounds familiar . My husband was in the USCG from 1960-1976.
Congratulations Jason
Waiting for Change of Command, USCG Cutter Waesche.
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Wreck of the Prelude @ Kaimana Beach in Waikīkī: The Hawaiʻi State Department of Land and Natural Resources claims that the 33-foot sailboat "Prelude" was successfully "cut up" and "floated" (actually dragged) off the reef at Kaimana Beach in Waikīkī. Unfortunately the salvage company left behind lots of debris (much of which I removed on Friday, February 21, 2020). Sadly, a large part of the deck still remains in the water just beyond the first reef directly in front of the life guard stand (2 H). It is my understanding that the U.S. Coast Guard can insist upon the immediate and safe removal of this abandoned section of the sailboat which poses a danger to swimmers, surfers, kayakers, and marine life. True?
You might consider fixing the address for the NB Ventura County facility on your home page...there is no "3th Street."
Cool!
Thank you for the honor I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.
Once a Coastie always a Coastie
Thanks to the Coast Guard I have some of the best friends and times of my life. I’ve think about how much I love and miss being out to sea and the smell of the ocean the sea has away of doing that. I’m proud of being in the Coast Guard and always will be.
I am proud to be the mom of Senior Chief Terrell Horne and a member of the CG Auxiliary. Semper Paratus