Petty Officer 1st Class Roy Mesen and Petty Officer 1st Class Cristina Mesen pose on Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Alaska, Oct. 1, 2015. The Mesens have been married since 2000 and are both active duty Coast Guardsmen. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Steenson.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: The Mesens

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. In honor of […]


Chief Petty Officer Federico Sanchez poses for a photo in his Base Kodiak office where he presides over the 17th District Substance Abuse Prevention Program as a full-time prevention facilitator. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: HSC Federico Sanchez

I originally only wanted to do four years, but I fell in love with this service. Once you’re in and see all the good you do for others, it really makes you proud to be a part of a military service that it is so multi-faceted and ingrains itself in the communities we live in.


National Hispanic Heritage Month: SK1 Rubens Rodriguez

I was the first person in my family to join a service other than the Army; My dad went into the Army, my uncles went into the Army. I was looking for another kind of mission.