Tag: Afghanistan

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: LCDR Sean Plankey

It’s not every day that a Coast Guard member finds themselves conducting cyber operations overseas, but that is exactly what Lt. Cmdr. Sean Plankey did while serving a 7-month tour in Afghanistan. After completing his masters in the C4IT advanced education program at University of Pennsylvania, Plankey was assigned to U.S. Cyber Command in Ft. Meade, Maryland as the Weapons and Tactics Branch chief. From this position, a unique opportunity presented itself: provide all offensive cyberspace operations in direct support of U.S. Forces Afghanistan and subordinate units.

Bringing Eleanor home


On paper, it’s referred to as a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, one of the 281,000 built since the Humvee’s adoption by the U.S. military in 1985. To friends and historians, the sand-colored military vehicle is known instead as Eleanor II, and she’s one of a kind. She not only symbolizes the Coast Guard’s quiet contributions to the war in Afghanistan, but this particular Humvee also represents the layered connections between history, family and military service.

End of an era

PSU 309 Homecoming

Closing out nearly 10 years of Coast Guard operations supporting Task Group 56.5 in the Northern Persian Gulf, the Coast Guard was released from its operational responsibilities providing security around Kuwait Naval Base. Shortly after a small ceremony, Sept. 24, Port Security Unit 309 flew halfway around the world to demobilize and return to their home base at Port Clinton, Ohio.

Shipmate of the Week – MSTC Jessica Snyder

MSTC Jessica Snyder

Chief Petty Officer Jessica Snyder, the 2012 Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year, gives remarks at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley. How does a paralegal at the U.S. Department of Justice end up in Iraq assigned to a U.S. Army transportation battalion? She volunteers

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100 Faces of War: DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal

Portrait courtesy of 100 Faces of War Experience, Matt Mitchell. 100 names. 100 faces. 100 Americans who fought for freedom. So began Matt Mitchell’s journey to paint a portrait of 100 Americans who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan. From the commander of a rifle company to an Army cavalry scout, Mitchell has captured the humanity

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Shipmate of the Week – Capt. Scott Decker

  Capt. Scott Decker (left) and fellow Civilian Response Corps members accompany U.S. Ambassador Robert Loftis during a visit to Regional Command/Regional Platform East in Bagram, Afghanistan. The monument in the background is a piece of the World Trade Center. Photo courtesy of Capt. Scott Decker. After spending the better part of 23 years in

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Coast Guardsmen kick tires on Fort Dix simulator

Petty Officer 2nd Class Chad Pendarvis

Coast Guardsmen from RAID Detachment 13 preparing for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan review real world convoy procedures before undergoing simulation training at Fort Dix’s latest virtual 360-degree trainer the Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. James Cullen, USCG Training Team East. Written by Sgt. Ray Reyes, 444th Mobile Public Affairs

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itCG – 3 saved from sinking ship, major drug bust, 1st female rescue swimmer retires, home for the holidays

COAST GUARD AIR STATION SAN FRANCISCO – A petty officer performs a safety and functions check of the M14 rifle prior to departing for a ports, waterways and coastal security (PWCS) flight. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson) Click the image to watch video of the patrol flight. Guardians rescued

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itCG – President thanks Guardians, man fined $112k for false distress calls, safe boating courses work, honoring Surfman Jack Dipert

Guardians were among those receiving a personal thanks from the President of the United States on Thanksgiving. President Obama called two members of each of the armed services serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to express the nation’s gratitude for their service. Story here A Toledo man charged with making false distress calls has been sentenced

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itCG – major drug bust, missing boater search suspended, ADM Allen talks with gCaptain

Post written by Christopher Lagan. Members of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) visit, board, search and seizure team and U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) 91104 approach a fishing vessel near Anzio during a maritime security operation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Matthew Bash/Released) Last

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