The name “Coast Guard” can be a little deceiving. Many people don’t realize Coast Guardsmen are deployed around the world conducting a variety of military, law enforcement, regulatory and humanitarian missions. One of its most significant expeditionary missions is counter narcotics in the Western Hemisphere; more specifically, stopping drug smugglers in the “drug transit zones” of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin.
Coast Guard Sector New York shares a unique history with the New York City Marathon in that the race pre-stages its runners at Fort Wadsworth, which is co-located with the Sector in Staten Island. For 18 years, the Coast Guard has been behind the scenes, working to produce a functioning event and ensuring that every aspect of the start of the race runs smoothly for the athletes, spectators, and volunteers.
While bad guys don’t take a break for the holidays, the good guys don’t either. And remembering to thank the good guys is the best gift ever. Just before the holidays, two recognition events marked a law enforcement milestone for the Coast Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Through the sweltering 85-degree Caribbean heat and 79 percent humidity, U.S. Coast Guard members renewed partnerships with 16 other countries during Exercise Tradewinds 2012.
William Callaghan, unit chief of the National Joint Terrorism Task Force; Jacquelyn Hamelryck, senior special agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation; Christopher Whitaker, special agent, Coast Guard Investigative Service; Brett Simpson, deputy assistant director for operations, Coast Guard Investigative Service; DeAnna Vargas, acting assistant section chief, Domestic Terrorism Operations Section, Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Kevin
2011 marked a year of exceptional security operations for the men and women of the 7th Coast Guard District. In addition to stopping the first-ever drug sub found in Caribbean waters, crews operating in the 7th District went on to interdict an unprecedented three more in rapid succession. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Seneca made the first interdiction and marked the first time the Coast Guard successfully completed an underwater drug recovery.
Everyone knows the Coast Guard operates on the front line of the war on drugs, but few grasp the enormity of the task and just how big a difference drug interdiction operations make on an annual basis. On Friday, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Thad Allen, held a press conference in Clearwater, Fla.
In this story, the CGC Boutwell’s Captain and crew talk about the cutter’s trip around the world and their encounter with suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia. The cutter recently returned to California after spending 178 days circumnavigating the globe. Story here It is all hands on deck during St. Louis’ All-Star week fan-fest.