Grace Skuches is held by her mother while they wait at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York, Aug. 24, 2015. At five months old, Grace was diagnosed with an Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor, and has had four brain surgeries to date. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi.

Saving Grace: A Coast Guard family’s battle against AT/RT

At eight-months-old, Grace Skuches fights a battle against a rare brain tumor. With the support of the Coast Guard standing strong behind her, Grace’s family is ever hopeful and devoted in faith that they will get through this trying time.


Nike, a black Labrador stationed at Coast Guard Station Jones Beach, N.Y., sits patiently for a treat, July 6, 2015. Nike has been with the unit for about four years and enjoys swimming at the beach, fetching sticks and greeting visitors. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi.

Mascot Monday: Meet Nike of Station Jones Beach

Meet Nike, station mascot and loyal member of Coast Guard Station Jones Beach. Nike enjoys long swims on the beach and keeping crewmembers company during watch and station checks. Continue reading for more about this loving mascot.


Month of the Military Family: Running the NYC Marathon

If finishing a marathon is on your bucket list thinking about the ‘why’ could be what’s standing in the way of crossing it off. Why would anyone want to run 26.2 miles? Try refocusing your energy on the ‘how’ – ask yourself, “How can I accomplish the incredible feat of running a marathon?” On a cold Sunday morning, with winds reaching 40 mph on Staten Island, that answer was clear – family.