This year has proven eventful for America’s Coast Guard. Just 12 days into 2010, Coast Guard men and women were underway to support Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck our Caribbean neighbors. Not long after, the service responded to the largest environmental response in America’s history after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caught fire and sank in the Gulf of Mexico.
Intertwined with these major response efforts, your Coast Guard also saved more than 4,300 lives, responded to more than 22,000 search and rescue cases, prevented more than 200,000 pounds of cocaine from reaching the U.S., boarded more than 2,100 High Interest Vessels bound for U.S. ports, interdicted nearly 4,700 undocumented migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States from the sea, and conducted more than 5,000 fisheries conservation boardings.
Sometimes you get a glimpse of the service in action on T.V., but often you don’t. And with all this activity what better way to tell the Coast Guard story than through video?
Enter, the Coast Guard Video of the Year contest.
A team combed through the more than 600 Coast Guard videos from 2010 to select 11 finalists for this year’s contest. (Why 11? Eleven videos to symbolize the 11 statutory missions of the U.S. Coast Guard .) Now, we want your help in deciding the top three.
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How do you cast your vote?
Each day starting next Tuesday, Dec. 21, the Compass will feature each video separately including commentary from a member of the Coast Guard unit involved in the mission. Just watch the videos as they are posted and then use any (or all!) of the following ways to tell us which are your favorites:
1. Choose to “like” your favorite video on our YouTube 2010 Video of the Year playlist.
2. Choose to “like” your favorite video on our Facebook fan page.
3. Leave a positive comment on the Compass blog post for that video.
*Please note: YouTube and Facebook will require you to sign in using your personal account to vote.
Although you can vote for multiple videos, keep in mind you can only “like” the video once, so you might want to save your vote for your favorites. In determining the winners, each method will be weighted equally, worth 1/3 of the total vote.
The videos will be posted daily with all 11 available for viewing on December 31. Voting will stay open until January 10, 2011, and the top three videos will be announced on the Compass January 11.
For your convenience, the following links to the blog posts will be updated as the contest continues…