Tag: Patrol Forces Southwest Asia

Coast Guard Heroes: Nathan Bruckenthal

Coast Guard Heroes: Nathan Bruckenthal

On April 25, 2004, while serving as part of Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia aboard USS Firebolt, Petty Officer 3rd Class Bruckenthal, a damage controlman, and two U. S. Navy sailors were killed in the line of duty while conducting maritime intercept operations in the North Arabian Gulf.

A love of country music

Hunter and Katie

A request from the Academy of Country Music for military men and women to perform with some of the genre’s biggest stars was met with tremendous enthusiasm from more than 80 talented singers and musicians across the service. Two Coast Guard members were selected for the ACM’s All-Star Salute to the Troops, which airs May 20 on CBS in celebration of Armed Forces Week.

Shipmate of the Week – Lt. j.g. Allison Murray

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As executive officer of a patrol boat operating throughout U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility, Lt. j.g. Allison Murray was all set for some “R&R.” Murray was headed Colombo, Sri Lanka, and was excited to travel and gain new experiences. Her flight to Sri Lanka was mostly uneventful as Murray tried her best to doze off. That all changed during the final descent.

New year, new filter

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Because our daily operations largely go unseen by members of the public, we share our missions on Compass, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. Today we expand our ability in sharing the missions performed by the men and women of the Coast Guard as we launch the service’s official Instagram account.

Adm. Papp’s Arabian Gulf visit highlights maritime governance

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp (left) meets with NAVCENT Commander Vice Adm. John Miller (center) and Deputy NAVCENT Commander Rear Adm. James Loeblein in Manama, Bahrain, Nov. 20, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

Commandant of the Coast Guard Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp recently visited the Kingdom of Bahrain for an annual visit to Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and to meet with key maritime partners.

Coast Guard Cutter Maui rescues Iranian mariners in the Gulf

While operating in the northern waters of the Gulf, a small vessel capsized in a remote area leaving five Iranian mariners stranded with no one to rescue them. This was the scenario these men faced prior to their chance discovery by the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maui. Rescue did not come to their aid until this 110-foot Coast Guard cutter happened to come across the mariners whose lives were saved by the quick-thinking Coast Guard crew. The crew, who had trained intensely for such a situation, swiftly moved into action in the early morning hours of Oct. 11, while assigned to Combined Task Force 152.

Shipmate of the Week – ET2 Jerry Engelman

ET2 Engelman

The U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor services have made contributions in nearly every U.S. conflict since the Constitution became the law of the land. Joining that long tradition of service in defense of the homeland is the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Adak. Adak, one of six Coast Guard patrol boats in the region – part of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, the Coast Guard’s largest unit outside the United States – focuses on maritime security, infrastructure protection, military-to-military assistance and supporting exercises in the Persian Gulf, U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.

Adm. Papp spends Thanksgiving in Bahrain with Coast Guardsmen, meets with U.S. and Bahraini officials

ADM Papp aboard CGC Aquidneck

Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp visited Bahrain last week, the second leg of a series of official visits to meet with partner organizations and Coast Guardsmen stationed or deployed overseas.

Shipmate of the Week – AUX Mary DeSena

Mary DeSena

Auxiliarist Mary DeSena works with crews in Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Manama, Bahrain. Photo courtesy of Steven Evenstad. Co-authored by Auxiliarist Steven Evenstad. It was May 2009 when Mary “Dazy” DeSena ventured down to Lake Michigan’s shoreline with her family. The DeSenas, a Navy family, were stationed at U.S. Naval Station Great Lakes at

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From Land of the Midnight Sun to the Middle East

MKC Devin

After nearly three years serving aboard Alaska-based Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore, Chief Petty Officer Jason Devin – a chief machinery technician and command chief for the cutter – recently traded Cordova’s cold, snowy winter for a hot, sandy summer, as he arrived as the engineer petty officer aboard cutter Wrangell, currently stationed with Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, Bahrain.