The Coast Guard is a locally based, nationally deployed and globally connected organization with an array of civil and military responsibilities that touch almost every facet of the U.S. maritime environment.
Because our daily operations largely go unseen by members of the public, we share our missions on Compass, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. Today we expand our ability in sharing the missions performed by the men and women of the Coast Guard as we launch the service’s official Instagram account.
It’s a #NewYearNewFilter for the Coast Guard and we hope to give you a visual sense of life in America’s Coast Guard. To launch the account we are kicking off a month of guest Instagrammers from around the fleet.
Our first Coast Guardsman is Seaman Frank Iannazzo-Simmons. Check out his introduction below then head over to Instagram to see his insider’s perspective of life at Patrol Forces Southwest Asia!
Hello, I am Seaman Frank Iannazzo-Simmons of the U.S. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) Cutter Adak. PATFORSWA is the Coast Guard’s largest unit outside of the United States and is comprised of six 110′ cutters, a shoreside support unit, the Middle East Training Team (METT), a Redeployment Assistance and Inspection Detachment (RAID), and other deployable forces that operate along with the U.S. Central Command Area of Responsibility. All of which are volunteers. Our key roles while deployed to the Arabian Gulf include maritime security and maritime infrastructure protection operations. When I am not on duty or patrolling the Arabian Gulf I enjoy exploring, sand boarding, pearl diving, as well as indulging in cross fit. Photography is not just a hobby for me. I see photography as a way of preserving our history for everyone to enjoy and learn from, I hope you enjoy.