The Coast Guard celebrates 223 years of service to the nation this Sunday and is an opportunity to reflect upon the men and women who serve in America’s Coast Guard. In honor of our service’s birthday, we reached out to Coast Guard men and women and asked them to write an essay based on the prompt “Why I serve.”
We’ve shared many perspectives from Coast Guard members but today we bring you the story of Petty Officer 1st Class Brady Osborne. Osborne recently returned from a deployment to the United States Central Command’s area of responsibility in support of counter-piracy operations.
Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Brady Osborne.
The reasons I serve have changed over my years in the U.S. Coast Guard, but have always been based on the same core values. Pride, honor and integrity are considered virtues of a great man, but to a military member these are expectations.
As a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team’s direct action section, I have a unique opportunity to be a part of extremely impactful operations. I recently returned from a deployment to the United States Central Command’s area of responsibility in support of counter-piracy operations and was able to experience the massive role and influence the U.S. Coast Guard has in this theater.
I believe in this mission because of the impact it has not only on the U.S. Coast Guard, but the world’s economy and people’s right not to live in fear. While serving on this deployment my team’s unique skill set was integral to the multi-national maritime exercise, Iron Siren.
This three day evolution was focused on the interoperability of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and the United Arab Emirates navy to intercept and interdict maritime threats within the Arabian Gulf. In the Northern Arabian Gulf and numerous places around the world, the U. S. Coast Guard along with its Navy brethren, stand watch ready to intercept any threats or assist mariners. The shear presence of our forces is a deterrent to crime and I want to be that presence.
I serve in the U.S. Coast Guard to protect the United States, domestically or internationally and preserve the innocence and safety of the world. That is why I serve in the U.S. Coast Guard.
There is one reason why I serve that rises above all the other reasons and that is camaraderie. While serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and particularly at the MSRT, I have created a forever lasting camaraderie and brotherhood. During my time in the military, I have never worked alongside a group of individuals that are as high of a caliber as I do today. The U.S. Coast Guard members of the MSRT direct action section teams train and push themselves until they want to surrender. The difference is that to these men, quitting means the possible loss of someone’s life or failing their brothers.
Edmund Burke once said “All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” The U.S. Coast Guard MSRT believes this whole-heartedly and has the “good men” to back it up. The MSRT will help to win that fight and I will be fighting my teammates to be the number one man through the door. That is why I serve at the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team.