Tag: Iraq

International Port Security Program: Spotlight Activities Europe

Lt. Cmdr. Jose Tony Mercado, Economic Officer Alexander MacFarlane, Ministry of Transportation General Company for Ports of Iraq Official, Deputy Principal Officer James Merz and Lt. Cmdr. Paul Rudick stand for a photo aboard an Iraqi naval ship. The Iraqi naval ship is one of two ships that took the team out to Khor al-Amaya Oil Terminal offshore terminal. Photo courtesy of Consulate General Basrah.

In partnership with the Department of State, the International Port Security Program is on the forefront of American foreign policy collaborating with maritime trading partners to create safer oceans and ports in places one would never think the U.S. Coast Guard would be working in. Lt. Cmdr. Jose Tony Mercado, who completed a tour in the IPS Program Atlantic Area office and recently reported to Activities Europe, has been to more than a few of the places most don’t commonly picture the Coast Guard traveling to and working with, including Cuba, Venezuela, Senegal, and most recently to Iraq.

A look back at 10 years in the Middle East

naval base

Tearful goodbyes, a mission on the other side of the world, sweltering heat and long days in the Persian Gulf followed by joyous homecomings. For the past 10 years Port Security Units have cycled through Kuwait Naval Base and provided security to for the vital personnel and supplies neeeded for Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. After completing their mission overseas recently, here’s a look back at their journey through photos…

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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White House honors nation’s warriors

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael P. Leavitt along with Lt. James Cullen, Petty Officer Second Class Lawrence Benson and Chief Petty Officer Joseph Castro pause for a photo while attending "A Nation's Gratitude: Honoring the U.S. Troops of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn," hosted by President Barrack Obama at

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Adm. Papp reviews mission of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia

Adm. Papp reviews mission of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp visited Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Manama, Bahrain, this week to learn more about the unit’s evolving mission in support of U.S. naval forces in the region and meet with Coast Guard personnel. This coordination is critical to the Coast Guard’s continued support, as part of the combined armed forces in the area, to protect U.S. national interests.

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 – BM1 William Glenzer

BM1 Glenzer

Petty Officer 1st Class William Glenzer stands near one of the small boats used for training Iraqi Coastal Border Guard students in Umm Qasr, Iraq. Coast Guard photo. Since 2002, Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia have been conducting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan under tactical control of the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet. Six 110-foot

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Shipmate of the Week – HS1 William Hilt

Petty Officer 1st Class William Hilt

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve Force Mark Allen stand with Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year Petty Officer 1st Class William Hilt. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley. A chemist. A forensic autopsy technician. A health services technician. Petty

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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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