On New Year’s Eve the midnight log entry at a Coast Guard unit takes on a life of its own and is traditionally written as a poem. The Compass reached out to those standing the mid-watch to share the tradition of applying verse to the log as we all rung in 2013.
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Halting the flow of illegal drugs into the country can seem like a daunting task. However, vigilant Coast Guard crews are undeterred, meeting the challenges of drug interdiction head on. In California, their efforts are paying off. The Coast Guard recently surpassed a 50-ton milestone for marijuana seized at sea off the California coast this fiscal year. There have been 56 seizures of drug-smuggling boats or abandoned maritime drug offloads since October 2011 in the Southern California area; that is four times the amount seized in the same area during the entire previous fiscal year.
We’re more than half way through the week and there are still tons of Coast Guard missions to share! Check out what happened on Thursday in a week in the life of the Coast Guard. From July 30 to August 5, Coast Guard men and women captured a week in the life of the Coast Guard to highlight the missions we perform on a daily basis. From a port security unit on a morning patrol off the coast of Kuwait to flight operations off the coast of Seattle, you’ll get a glimpse of just how much the Coast Guard does.
In addition to the 11th Coast Guard District’s record-breaking drug busts and hundreds of life-saving missions, the Coast Guard played a key role in an unusual operation mounted off the coast of Southern California in 2011 that solved a decades-old mystery.
A 2000 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Lt. Cmdr. Hidalgo earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in government. In 2005, after earning a master’s degree in strategic intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College in Washington, D.C., Hidalgo served as a maritime terrorism analyst at the National Counterterrorism Center.