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As my active duty Coast Guard service comes to a close, I wish to emphasize what an incredible honor and privilege it has been to serve as the 13th District Commander for the past two years here in the Pacific Northwest.

Carlos Sosa is an operations petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Station Chetco River in Brookings, but he’s also a badge-carrying member of an elite group of Coast Guardsmen known as surfmen.

After 22 years of service, the U.S. Coast Guard Dorado and its crew set sail from the Crescent City harbor for a final time in March, as the ship was decommissioned from active duty.

Years ago a visitor from Central Oregon stood on the Depoe Bay Bridge, which runs along the Pacific Coast Highway, otherwise known as State Highway 101. She looked out to see a silver boat zipping around in the ocean, and thought to herself ‘that looks fun and I want to drive that boat.’

NORTH BEND — “A good afternoon can turn threatening quickly,” said Jordan Long, a Lt. Junior Grade with the U.S. Coast Guard, discussing the South Coast.

Garibaldi’s Historic U.S. Coast Guard Boathouse is a former U.S. Coast Guard Lifeboat Station. Plans for what is now called the Pier’s End Boathouse were drawn in 1934. Construction began in 1936 and the marine railway became fully operational in June 1937.

U.S. Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay is located two miles from the entrance of Tillamook Bay in Garibaldi. The bar at the entrance is one of the most treacherous bars on the Oregon Coast.

Command changed hands last year at Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay when Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Curtis Dewey retired, turning over leadership to Master Chief Boatswain’s Mate Corbin Ross, who couldn’t be happier since his arrival.

Many Coast Guard personnel voluntarily sign up to serve our country either for a few years or for an entire career. But once they start receiving a paycheck, they are not technically volunteers anymore. They are paid employees of the government. However, going back to why they joined a milit…

People come from all walks of life, from rich to poor, such as those able to afford a college education to those who struggle to graduate high school. Combine that with today’s competitive workforce, and the struggle continues with trying to find a well paying career.

An educational program out of the Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria, simply dubbed the “Miniboat Program,” often partners with the U.S. Coast Guard to launch miniboats built by elementary students.

The Coast Guard Air Station Astoria (Warrenton) was established August 14, 1964 at Astoria Regional Airport in Warrenton, Oregon. The unit houses 450 Active Duty, 80 Reserve, 25 Civilian, and 270 Auxiliary members.