The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard operations during the Persian Gulf War

Units and personnel of the U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor services have served with distinction in every major American conflict since the founding of the United States. The Persian Gulf War proved no exception to this rule.


BM1 Sanborn

Shipmate of the Week: BM1 Michael Sanborn

The Coast Guard has eight port security units and each one is capable of deploying around the world within 96 hours to provide maritime and landside security to U.S. assets and personnel. The unit’s full-time staff – which includes an active duty lieutenant commander, gunner’s mate, machinery technician, yeoman and storekeeper – fills a critical role in the day-to-day life of the port security unit; they ensure the unit is ready to go when called.


naval base

A look back at 10 years in the Middle East

Tearful goodbyes, a mission on the other side of the world, sweltering heat and long days in the Persian Gulf followed by joyous homecomings. For the past 10 years Port Security Units have cycled through Kuwait Naval Base and provided security to for the vital personnel and supplies neeeded for Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. After completing their mission overseas recently, here’s a look back at their journey through photos…


Morning security patrol

Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Monday

Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests, providing a 24/7 presence along America’s rivers, ports, coastline and on the high seas. But while the Coast Guard’s presence and impact is regional, national and international, our operations are often out of sight. Coast Guard Compass set out to change that. 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.


MSTC Jessica Snyder

Shipmate of the Week – MSTC Jessica Snyder

How does a paralegal at the U.S. Department of Justice end up in Iraq assigned to a U.S. Army transportation battalion? She volunteers to deploy as a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Chief Petty Officer Jessica Snyder, a […]


Petty Officer 1st Class William Hilt

Shipmate of the Week – HS1 William Hilt

A chemist. A forensic autopsy technician. A health services technician. Petty Officer 1st Class William M. Hilt is not your average Coast Guardsman. He is one of the thousands of dedicated professionals who bring their unique skills and excellence to […]


Petty Officer 2nd Class Chad Pendarvis

Coast Guardsmen kick tires on Fort Dix simulator

Written by Sgt. Ray Reyes, 444th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, New Jersey Army National Guard Coast Guardsmen who normally patrol the high seas for drug runners or environmental hazards were the first behind the wheel of the latest high-tech combat […]


itCG-Guardians in Kuwait, low visibility boating, migrant interdiction, hurricane preparedness, several rescues

After months of training, Coast Guard Port Security Unit (PSU) 301 left Cape Cod, Mass., and arrived in Kuwait to relieve their west coast counterparts, PSU 311 from San Pedro. While on deployment, PSU 301 will work with Navy Maritime […]