The New Zealand doctor said it was like “angels in the sky with American accents had landed.”
Today, I join our Nation in gathering together with family and loved ones for Thanksgiving dinner. While turkey and stuffing will be served, the sights and sounds will be different from that of many Americans as I spend the holiday with Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Manama, Bahrain. There is no better place to express my thanks for all those who place Service before self than sitting alongside those defending our country overseas.
It’s the time of year to say thanks to those who deserve it most. I feel extremely privileged to be your commanding officer and want to take this moment to give a big “Thank You!” to you, the crew of Chinook.
The U.S. Coast Guard must be in lock-step with our Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Justice, Department of Defense and other interagency and international partners to be successful in “combating networks” – the first priority of the Coast Guard’s Western Hemisphere Strategy. These partnerships were at the forefront as The Interdiction Committee engaged with stakeholders in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia and Honduras last week.
This year, for my family, Thanksgiving strikes a deeper chord than ever before. While historical Thanksgiving celebrations focus on the abundance of the harvest, this year we celebrate the abundance of wellness and good health of our loved ones, for we learned the hard way that these things are not a given.
Federal agencies and international partners are working tirelessly in the United States and abroad to combat Transnational Organized Crime networks. These efforts have been instrumental in eradicating production facilities and controlling the purchase of precursor chemicals used to make drugs; interrupting mobility corridors when illegal narcotics are being moved to stockpile locations; and integrating efforts to disrupt drug shipments and the distribution chain to impact the network itself.
I wanted to thank you for everything you have done for our family. You are a true hero – not just because of your service to our country, but because you always put your family first.
Lt. Natalie Moyer, a HC-130 Hercules pilot currently stationed at Air Station Clearwater, Florida, is not only an active and valued member at her current duty station, she is active in her local community and continuously embodies the idea of service before self.
Hamilton is a name internalized by each and every Coast Guard member. It’s the name held by the “father” of the Coast Guard, Alexander Hamilton and a name that has continued to serve our country in the form of Coast Guard cutters since 1830. The crew of Hamilton, the newest cutter to bear the name, carries forward a more than 180-year tradition of serving aboard a vessel that bears the name of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, who created the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790.
Each year, working with the international affairs staff, members travel to countries around the globe providing technical training and consulting services in maritime law enforcement, small boat operation and maintenance, search and rescue and infrastructure development for countries with waterway law enforcement programs.