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Veterans Day 2015: The Rescue Pilot

When we left off, Coast Guard Lt. Robert “Rip” Emerson was asking Adm. Chester W. Nimitz for appointment to fighter pilot school.

Hal Farrar rides aboard a Coast Guard cutterafter transferring from the Navy.  Farrar worked aboard buoy tenders, diver class vessels and three lighthouses during his time with the Coast Guard.  Photo provided by Hal Farrar.

Veterans Day 2015: Memories of a three war-veteran

Henry “Hal” Eaton Farrar was born in Little Rock, Ark., in 1926 to a family of farmers and ranchers. His father was a veterinarian who trained and cared for horses used in World War I and Farrar grew strong through hard work and long days on the family farm. Always big for his age, Farrar left the Georgia Military Academy to enlist with the Navy at the age of 17 and, with World War II in full swing, he reported to the Pacific theater to fight the Japanese.

The Sergents

Military Family Month: Meet the Sergents

It’s hard to say just where a Coast Guard career might take you. Although concentrated in the United States, active duty and reserve members serve all over the world. With deployments and reassignments always right around the corner, home isn’t necessarily a place, but more often an idea.


Veterans Day 2015: The Beach Master

Emerson’s first of many tests as a beach master came in the United States’ first combat engagement on the Atlantic front. For the uninitiated, the beach master’s role is to direct incoming landing craft onto shore during an assault. It’s a job that can only be accomplished by getting there first.

Navigation Lights Power Driver Vessels

The safety of navigation lights

The U.S. Coast Guard is concerned about the sale and availability of unapproved recreational and commercial vessel navigation lights. Purchasers of such lighting should be aware replacement lighting may be improper for its application due to the failure by manufacturers to meet technical certification requirements.

Senior Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) Willy Bethea poses for a photo aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Munro. Beathea served 28 years in the Coast Guard before retiring in Kodiak, Alaska.

Veterans Day 2015: SCPO (Ret.) Willy Bethea

We are very rare breed of people, that’s something that I’ve really learned about people in the military. We do whatever we have to do as a team.”

Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang install windows around the Capitol Christmas tree in Seward, Alaska, Oct. 28, 2015. The 74-foot tree from the Chugach National Forrest will be the first Capitol Christmas tree to come from Alaska. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning)

A gift from The Great Land

Just days before Halloween, Coast Guard members embraced a different holiday spirit as they joined the town of Seward, Alaska, in preparing the Capitol Christmas Tree for its journey to D.C.


Through the Lens: Tour the Coast Guard Cutter Healy

Welcome aboard!

Petty Officer 3rd Class John Crow, an aviation survival technician at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., deployed to Alaska for Arctic Shield 2015, sits on a piece of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean after approaching a simulated person in the water during a joint civil and federal search and rescue exercise near Oliktok Point, Alaska, July 14, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst.

It’s a wrap: Arctic Shield 2015

The focus throughout Arctic Shield 2015 operations was on protecting lives and property at sea, enforcement of laws and regulations in the region, tribal engagements and assistance, service to aids to navigation, performance and evaluation of science missions and a range of marine safety activities in many Arctic communities.

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Samuel Pulliam of Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, and Staff Sergeant Peyton Wackerman of the Alaska Air National Guard 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron prepare pallets of equipment for transport aboard a C-17 Globemaster III airplane while demobilizing a Forward Operating Location in Deadhorse Oct. 14, 2015. FOL Deadhorse was part of the Coast Guard's Arctic Shileld 2015 mission. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Hitchin’ a ride: AK Air National Guard gives Coast Guard a lift as FOL Deadhorse shutters

Personnel from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, hitched a ride home from Forward Operating Location Deadhorse aboard a C-17 Globemaster III airplane courtesy of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 249th Airlift Squadron Oct. 14, 2015.

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