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.
At approximately 7 a.m. April 3, 2014, the command center in Alameda, Calif., was notified of a 1-year-old child aboard the sailing vessel Rebel Heart who was ill and required assistance. On watch receiving the call was the command duty officer, Lt. David Herndon. Herndon and his team asked the Rebel Heart a series of
“Now, go-fast, go-fast, go-fast. All hands set the go-fast bill.” Early in the afternoon on Oct. 9, 2013, 20 nautical miles off the coast of Ensenada, Mexico, this announcement was heard over every intercom speaker on board Coast Guard Cutter Rush after an Air Station Sacramento HC-130 Hercules airplane sighted two suspicious vessels.
Coast Guard Cutter Forward, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va., represented the United States alongside their shipmates from the USS Rentz. They were joined by naval forces from Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Germany, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the United Kingdom.
From our maritime borders to the U.S Exclusive Economic Zone to our ports and inland waterways, the men and women of the Coast Guard are sentinels in preventing threats from reaching the United States. In the fight to secure the homeland, Coast Guard units often deploy overseas. On this leading edge to strengthen global capacities in fighting international drug trafficking and crime is Chief Petty Officer Shawn Vaupel.
Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba moored alongside the Mexican navy ship Baja California at its first port call for UNITAS 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. John Goshorn. The U.S. and Mexico share more than a border; they also share a relationship that crosses the full spectrum of maritime operations. The Coast Guard and Mexican
The Brazilian Navy ships Almirante Gastao Motta, Niteroi and Bosisio head south in formation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann. Written by Ens. Ray Chaisson, Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, with contributions from Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann. It’s been roughly a week into Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba’s UNITAS experience
Four of Santa's elves, (left to right) Pam Scholz, Tiffani Scott, Tammy Knox, and Lynn Stiles, all members of the Kodiak Officer's Spouses Association, haul presents from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak. Kodiak-based Guardians have been bringing Santa to the remote Kodiak Island villages for 32 years. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st
Coast Guard was ranked top agency in the Department of Homeland Security and 29 out of the 216 federal government agencies in the Best Places to Work survey. Another great indication our workforce is pretty happy. More information here Since we’ve been talking about Southwest border security, here is another example of how the United