Tag: maritime enforcement specialist

Protecting America: A day in the life of an ME “A” school student

Maritime Enforcement Specialist “A” school is a challenging and rigorous course of instruction provided at the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, South Carolina. This demanding nine-week course teaches Coast Guard active and reserve personnel how to execute the Coast Guard’s unique law enforcement mission in a safe, legal and professional manner. Each year the staff at MLEA trains and graduates more than 150 students who receive orders to 450 units across the Coast Guard.

What does a day in the life of an ME student look like?

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: ME1 Jesse Pitrelli, ME1 Peter Purcell

Petty Officer 1st Class Jesse Pitrelli, a maritime enforcement specialist stationed at Special Missions Training Detachment in San Diego, and Petty Officer 1st Class Peter Purcell, a maritime enforcement specialist stationed at Tactical Law Enforcement Team South in Miami, participate in training during Army Sniper School at Fort Benning, Ga. Pitrelli and Purcell are the first active duty Coast Guardsmen in history to graduate from Army Sniper school. U.S. Army photo.

Petty Officer 1st Class Jesse Pitrelli, a maritime enforcement specialist stationed at Special Missions Training Detachment in San Diego, and Petty Officer 1st Class Peter Purcell, a maritime enforcement specialist stationed at Tactical Law Enforcement Team South in Miami, have become the first Coast Guardsmen in history to graduate from Army Sniper school at Fort Benning, Georgia, while on active duty.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MEC Ryan Olson

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MEC Ryan Olson

Petty Officer First Class Ryan M. Olson, a maritime enforcement specialist with Port Security Unit 313 based in Everett, Washington, received a special call on a typical day where he was balancing operational and administrative duties. On the other end of the line was Master Chief Petty Officer Eric Johnson, chief of reserve forces.

Shipmate of the Week – ME1 Wesley Mundy

ME1 Mundy

Routinely working 75-hour work weeks, 17 days straight? It’s a result of the mission, says Petty Officer 1st Class Wesley Mundy, a reservist assigned to the Special Missions Training Center deployment training detachment. What is this mission? Preparing hundreds of Coast Guard men and women for their upcoming deployments. Mundy’s commitment to the maritime law enforcement mission, training and the Coast Guard’s core values resulted in his selection for Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year and, as a result, he will be meritoriously advanced to chief petty officer in an upcoming ceremony.

The spirit of serving others

Joseph Walker

He spends his weekdays managing his own landscaping company and his weekends patrolling the waterways surrounding Jacksonville, Fla. Those are only two of the reasons why Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Walker is described as a dedicated and talented Coast Guard reservist. Walker, a maritime enforcement specialist, was recently selected as Sector Jacksonville’s reserve enlisted person of the year.

Shipmate of the Week – ME3 Emily Swanson

In the fourth largest container port in the United States and the second busiest port on the East Coast, Marine Safety Unit Savannah maintains high expectations for the personnel stationed in the Coastal Empire. Petty officers of all ranks are asked to assume responsibilities that may exceed their previous experience and unit personnel are highly motivated to rapidly gain qualifications to be prepared to respond to the myriad of activities occurring in this busy port. From visits from the Vice President of the United States to a fiery explosion at a rubber warehouse at the port authority, MSU stands ready to respond.

Jack Ayre & the legacy of the military working dog

Jack Ayre served his counry honorably, earning both the American Area Campaign Ribbon and WWII Victory Medal and went on to supervise the loading of ammunition and explosives aboard freighters at Hog Island. But the work of his canine companions was still on his mind.