Would you believe it if someone told you the Coast Guard was in Minneapolis, Minn., or Omaha, Neb.? As a matter of fact, the Coast Guard has units in both places and many others in the upper Midwest region. Their work may be local, but the missions they perform have a global effect.
The U.S. Coast Guard lived up to its motto of being “Always Ready” in 2011 – from interdicting the first drug sub in Caribbean waters to providing humanitarian relief to a drought-stricken island nation, Coast Guard crews had a remarkable year. As 2011 winds down, Compass brings to you “Your Coast Guard in 2011” –
Coast Guard Reservist Lt. j.g. Ash Thorne wades out into a water-covered driveway that his disaster area response team had crossed to rescue a couple trapped in their home by floodwater. Thorne is supervising two teams of Coast Guard Reservists from Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River as they assist in flood response in rain-soaked