Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Maritime Safety and Security Team Miami

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.


Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Centeno talks with local boat owners in an effort to identify owners of boats stranded from Hurricane Maria and inform them of a no-cost option to have their vessel removed, Vieques, Puerto Rico, Dec. 4, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando.

Coast Guard works to identify owners of stranded boats in Puerto Rico

In response to Hurricane Maria Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Centeno and other Spanish speaking Coast Guard members worked with the Vessel Owner Outreach Group in efforts to identify owners of boats stranded in Hurricane Maria, and offer them a no-cost option to salvage the vessels, to either return them or transport them for disposal.


Coast Guard members serve their local communities

This holiday season Coast Guard units throughout the service are giving back to the communities in which they serve. From Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio and New Hampshire, here are a few examples.


Salvaging boats, protecting the environment: The aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017. Two months after the storm has passed, the devastation lingers; families are displaced, homes have been torn-apart, and destroyed boats sit sunken in harbors or have washed ashore. The Coast Guard, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continue working on organizing salvage and removal operations for displaced, sunken and wrecked vessels throughout the island.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MK1 Ryan Swartz

With holidays fast approaching, many Coast Guard service members will be carving turkeys, shopping for holiday gifts, visiting family and…

…deploying for disaster response?

Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Swartz and his team are working to assist the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its citizens by working to get their vessels out of the water in order to mitigate pollution to the environment.


Hurricane Harvey rumor control

There are a lot of rumors floating around the internet in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Unfortunately, there are also many scams out there trying to take advantage of people’s good will during this massive flood event. FEMA has put together a rumor control website to fact check many of the rumors and keep the public informed of what’s true, what’s false and how to tell the difference.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: SK2 Nancy Wilson

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Nancy Wilson witnessed the accident as she was headed north on the same highway June 7, 2017. She immediately pulled over and stayed with the injured motorist until paramedics arrived. Her career has largely been spent behind a desk, but her willingness to act in the face of uncertainty, discomfort and danger is likely why she joined the service in the first place.


Shutter Shootout 2017: Championship

This is the final round of the Coast Guard’s annual Shutter Shootout 2017 contest. This contest, coinciding with NCAA’s March Madness, allows our Coast Guard fans and followers the chance to choose the top Coast Guard photo of the year. The winner of the championship round will be announced Tuesday, April 4, 2017.


Shutter Shootout 2017: Final 4

The Final 4 round is here. The next round is upon is, so cast your vote on the Coast Guard’s official Facebook page now to see your favorite photo make it to the Championship round, Monday, April 3, 2017.


Click here to use the interactive bracket.

Shutter Shootout 2017: Elite 8

The next U.S. Coast Guard Shutter Shootout round is here. We’ve whittled down the top eight photos, who will make it to the Final Four? The vote is up to you! Use the interactive bracket and vote on the Coast Guard’s official Facebook page with a “like” or “love” to cast your vote.


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