Military Channel’s Modern Sniper features Coast Guard HITRON

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Click on the image to watch a promotional trailer of the show on the Military Channel's YouTube site.
Click on the image to watch a promotional trailer of the show on the Military Channel's YouTube site.

This afternoon, Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) in Jacksonville is having a private pre-screening of the Military Channel’s “Modern Sniper – Coast Guard.” The episode will explore the role of the HITRON and their mission to stop the flow of illegal drugs into America. The episode will air nationally Thursday, Feb. 25, at 9 PM ET on the Military Channel.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A production crew working for the Military Channel interviews Lt. John Axtell, a pilot at Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Jacksonville, during filming for Modern Sniper. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/ Petty Officer 1st Class Bobby Nash)
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A production crew working for the Military Channel interviews Lt. John Axtell, a pilot at Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron Jacksonville, during filming for Modern Sniper. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/ Petty Officer 1st Class Bobby Nash)

As summarized in the HITRON’s motto “Force From Above,” the specialized unit is trained to forward deploy armed helicopters to high threat drug trafficking and high risk security areas. In support of the Coast Guard’s maritime security drug interdiction mission, the armed helicopters intercept suspect targets underway, employ the appropriate use of force to interdict vessels, and vector Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and other partner agency’s boats to the scene for apprehension. The HITRON also supports homeland security missions by providing Airborne Use of Force qualified crew and aircraft during assigned security operations.

For more information on the missions and operations of HITRON, click here. To view pictures and video of the HITRON, click here and search for “HITRON.” For more information about Coast Guard Airborne Use of Force, click here to watch a Coast Guard YouTube video about Air Station Houston’s qualification and training.

2 comments on “Military Channel’s Modern Sniper features Coast Guard HITRON”

    1. Anonymous, I apologize that the video is only available on YouTube, but it is not a Coast Guard produced video. Most imagery and multimedia linked to on this blog can also be accessed through the Coast Guard Visual Information Gallery (http://cgvi.uscg.mil), which is accessible from your Coast Guard workstation.

      In order to view the trailer, you may have to watch it from your personal computer as COMMANDANT INSTRUCTION 5375.1B (Limited Personal Use of Government Office Equipment) and ALCOAST 016/09, R 071833Z JAN 09 (Coast Guard Internet Web Filtering) both preclude users from accessing streaming media from Coast Guard workstations.

      Best Regards,
      LT Connie Braesch
      Coast Guard Public Affairs

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