With the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the War on Terror set in motion dramatic changes to the Coast Guard. Prior to the 9/11 attacks, U.S. ports, waterways, and coastlines were protected primarily by Coast Guard boat stations and cutters. Immediately following September 11, Coast Guard resources were reallocated to fill the additional maritime security functions required in a post-9/11 environment. A variety of new units, like the MSSTs and MSRTs, emerged as part of the Coast Guard’s greatest organizational transformation since World War II.
The summer and fall of 2017 saw a nearly unprecedented string of hurricanes impacting the southeastern United States. As always, of course, Coast Guard units responded to every storm, providing rescue, recovery, and security assistance in areas that had been ravaged by extreme weather. For Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) Miami in particular, it was a uniquely trying time in which personnel truly distinguished themselves through their perseverance and dedication: five weeks, three storm responses, an evacuation of their own homes, and a unit that came together through a difficult period to accomplish diverse missions and take care of their fellow Coast Guard members.
The over 56,000 members of the Coast Guard operate a multi-mission, interoperable fleet of 243 Cutters, 201 fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, and over 1,600 boats. On Thursdays during the month of February, our members not only carried out operations, but also conducted critical maintenance and other support services like providing crews nutritious meals. Check out these “Week in the Life” images!
Maritime Safety and Security Team Kings Bay, Georgia, is one of six Coast Guard Atlantic Area MSSTs. To describe the MSSTs’ operating area, a globe would be an appropriate reference, as MSSTs spend a significant amount of time on the road, with operations spanning an area of responsibility not limited by traditional geographic boundaries. MSSTs are highly trained and professional personnel who provide adaptable and scalable capabilities in support of missions worldwide.
Welcome to the newest edition of the Paratus Report! This episode covers Coast Guard security at Super Bowl LI and the Coast Guard Reserve turns 76!
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When Hurricane Sandy made landfall late October in New Jersey, the damage left behind was unprecedented. New inlets were created, the shoreline shifted and entire houses were relocated. Millions were left without power; many became homeless. In the wake of the storm, members from Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Kings Bay, Ga., deployed to support safety and security efforts due to mandatory evacuations.
Amanda Satter, ombudsman for Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego, is presented the Wanda Allen-Yearout Ombudsman of the Year Award for 2012 by Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego protects seaports and waterways, safeguarding
Bales of cocaine, seized by a Coast Guard law enforcement team, are shown ready for transport off of the USS Oak Hill, Dec. 9, 2011. Working jointly with Oak Hill’s crew, the Coast Guard team, comprised of members from Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team, Tactical Law Enforcement Team South and Maritime Safety and Security Team
Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Weatherly, a machinery technician, talks to President Barack Obama on the phone, Dec. 25. Obama called two Coast Guardsmen deployed overseas to thank them for their service and wish them a Merry Christmas. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson. Two deployed Coast Guardsmen received