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Different Firsts for Coast Guard UAS Pilots

The Coast Guard Compass blog ran a Guardian of the Week feature on November 6 about LT Thomas Shuler being the first operational UAS pilot. We have since received a comment challenging LT Shuler’s status as the first operational UAS pilot and citing CDR Jose (Tony) Saliceti as the first qualified Coast Guard UAS pilot.

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itCG-Missing boy, Rear Admiral first, diver medevac, Operation Safe Catch

U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team 91101 and replacement unit MSST 91103 face each other in formation during a transfer of authority ceremony, Nov. 19, 2009. Coast Guard MSST units are deployed to U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay to perform maritime anti-terrorism and force protection duties for Joint Task Force Guantanamo. (Photo by

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Guardian of the Week – LCDR John F. Barresi

LCDR John F. Barresi meets with Senator Thad Cochran during a visit to Gulfport, Miss. on May 16, 2008 to tour the new United States Coast Guard Station. The previous U. S. Coast Guard Station was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Photo courtesy of Sen. Cochran's office. Photo taken during the flooding – Hurricane Katrina. Photo

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Guardian of the Week – CGC Healy

Representatives of the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy accept the CDR Joel Magnussen Innovation Award during the closing ceremony of the Innovation Expo. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie. The phrase “necessity is the mother of invention” rings true for the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Healy this week, as they

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Knight Island Port Crew: Guardians at Sea and in the Classroom

Students and faculty from Poinciana Elementary School in Key West proudly display the commemorative oar given to them by the Coast Guard Cutter Knight Island Port crew Nov. 13, 2009. Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Elgammal (with contributions from Robert Hopkins) Responding to maritime emergencies and helping kids with their school

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Guardian of the Week – LT Sean Krueger

Crew of Rescue 193 at the GAPAN Annual Trophies and Awards Dinner, October 29, 2009, the Guildhall, London. From left to right: Chief Aircrewman Dave Rigg, Royal Navy, Captain Martyn Roskilly, Royal Marines, Lieutenant Sean Krueger, U.S. Coast Guard, Lieutenant Jon Hounsome, Royal Navy. (Photo courtesy of LT Sean Krueger) Being honored by British royalty

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Coast Guard Innovation

Next week, the Coast Guard will hold its ninth annual Coast Guard Innovation Exposition at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Innovation Inside – Opportunities Amidst Change.” As the Coast Guard focuses on modernizing its organizational structure to better conduct its missions and serve the public, it must also continue to foster a

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itCG-Rescue crew honored, good buoy, Kane’ohe tow, Ida impacts, In memoriam: Elizabeth F. “Betty” Splaine

A Clearwater Coast Guard chopper crew was recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty to save lives. (Courtesy WFLA-TV News Channel 8, Tampa, FL) Guardians from the CGC Fir replaced a critical weather buoy at the mouth of the Columbia River just in time before the arrival of a severe storm. Operated

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itCG-Hurricane Ida warning, Coast Guard Island, Willamette pollution, sailboat escort

A Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew hoists a man and his dog to safety after his 42-foot fishing vessel is disabled due to rough weather conditions 50 miles west of Clearwater, FL. Click the image for video of the rescue. Guardians from Air Station Clearwater hoisted a man and his

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Guardian of the Week – LT Thomas Shuler

LT Thomas Shuler is pioneering the Coast Guard’s UAS (Unmanned Aerial Surveillance) program by earning the distinction of being our first operational Predator MQ-9 Pilot. LT Shuler is part of a small team of Coast Guard officers based at ATC Mobile, AL that is developing the Coast Guard’s UAS training and standardization program. LT Shuler

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