Navy SEALs, Marine Raiders, Army Rangers and Green Berets often come to mind when thinking about military special operation forces. Many only tend to think of the Coast Guard as rescuers of mariners in peril at sea, however the Coast Guard also has Deployable Specialized Forces. One of the many DSF teams includes the tactical law enforcement teams that are highly trained to integrate with Navy teams to interdict illegal drug traffickers on the high seas. A member of the Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team recently had the opportunity to train at the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy that will further enhance Coast Guard operations.
Lt. Cmdr. Sean Plankey, currently deployed with Expeditionary Cyber Support Element under U.S. Forces Afghanistan, talks about his experiences keeping fit in a joint operating environment and accepting the challenge to participate in the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test.
On this day in 1942, Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country as he gave his own life to save the lives of 500 U.S. Marines at Gudalcanal. Each year, on Sept. 27, the Coast Guard family remembers Munro in a variety of ways. On the 71st anniversary of his death, we invite you to visit Coast Guard Compass and read a first hand account from Master Chief Petty Officer Jason Vanderhaden, command master chief for the 13th Coast Guard District, on why Munro still matters.
Leading the charge to increase diversity within the Coast Guard, Lt. Cmdr. Rodriguez knows we are stronger as an organization because of our differences. Thanks to members like her, the Coast Guard is a vibrant, dynamic service branch that has consistently met every challenge put before it.
Operation Bold Alligator 2012, the largest amphibious assault exercise in a decade, has come to an end. Check out this last story in our coverage of the exercise, which features port security units working alongside Navy and Marine Corps forces. Port Security Unit 308 members take aim at hostile contacts during an Operation Bold Alligator
Coast Guard Port Security Unit 308 members walk across the tarmac to board a U.S. Air Force C-5M Galaxy at Stennis International Airport. PSU 308, along with PSUs 305, 307 and 311, deployed to support Operation Bold Alligator 2012, the largest amphibious assault exercise in a decade. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd
Students of the Basic Tactical Operations Course at the Joint Maritime Training Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune fire Sig Sauer P229s at the range. The seven-week class provides the basics of marksmanship to Coast Guardsmen within the deployable specialized forces community. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Thomas J. Griffith. Written by Sgt.
President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country. Today we honor and celebrate the men and women of the United States armed forces. The Armed Forces Day celebration began when President Harry
Arlington, Va. – Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Thad Allen, keynoted at the Surface Navy Association (SNA) National Symposium speaking on the theme "Surface Navy: A Balanced Force for the Hybrid War". (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Victoria A. Bonk-Meyers) Yesterday, Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard, delivered a
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen (2nd FROM RIGHT) and Senator Susan Collins (RIGHT) present rescue crews with awards at a ceremony at the Coast Guard Sector Field Office in Southwest Harbor Friday, Nov. 13, 2009. The crews worked together to coordinate the Aug. 23, 2009, rescue at Acadia National Park, after seven people were