Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Wednesday

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. 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 as we feature a day-by-day snapshot.

Below are a few shots from the day, but you can check out all the pictures from Wednesday at Facebook or Flickr. Stay with us throughout the week as we continue to share a Week in the Life of the Coast Guard.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Samantha Rath, a health services technician at the Coast Guard Yard clinic in Baltimore, gives a patient an injection, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at the clinic. The clinic provides health care services for the Coast Guard members and civilian employees of the yard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Samantha Rath, a health services technician at the Coast Guard Yard clinic in Baltimore, gives a patient an injection, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, at the clinic. The clinic provides health care services for the Coast Guard members and civilian employees of the yard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Frank Fisher, a flight observer assigned to Law Enforcement Detachment 107, enters an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 48 on the flight deck of the USS Underwood. Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stuart Phillips.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Frank Fisher, a flight observer assigned to Law Enforcement Detachment 107, enters an SH-60B Sea Hawk helicopter assigned to the Vipers of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 48 on the flight deck of the USS Underwood. Underwood is deployed to Central and South America and the Caribbean in support of Southern Seas 2012. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Stuart Phillips.

A TACLET South Green Team member performs an elevated water entry while wearing all his law enforcement equipment by stepping off the 10-foot diving board. Once in the water, the member has to successfully deploy his flotation devices to complete Water Survival Training. Green Team is the initial indoctrination for new members assigned to TACLET South.  The 19-days of training increases the member's physical conditioning and required mission qualifications to deploy on counter narcotics and anti-piracy missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Scott Carr.

A TACLET South Green Team member performs an elevated water entry while wearing all his law enforcement equipment by stepping off the 10-foot diving board. Once in the water, the member has to successfully deploy his flotation devices to complete water survival training. Green Team is the initial indoctrination for new members assigned to TACLET South. The 19-days of training increases the member’s physical conditioning and required mission qualifications to deploy on counter narcotics and anti-piracy missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Scott Carr.

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence carry Lt. John Walters, a pilot from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, during a helicopter crash drill aboard the cutter off the coast of Atlantic City Aug. 1, 2012. The drill was conducted as part of deck landing qualifications between nearly 20 pilots from several Coast Guard air stations and the 210-foot cutter Diligence, which is homeported in Wilmington, N.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen.

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence carry Lt. John Walters, a pilot from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, during a helicopter crash drill aboard the cutter off the coast of Atlantic City Aug. 1, 2012. The drill was conducted as part of deck landing qualifications between nearly 20 pilots from several Coast Guard air stations and the 210-foot cutter Diligence, which is homeported in Wilmington, N.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen.

A Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston member and a U.S. Border Patrol agent document a safety boarding on Lake Amistad, Texas, Aug. 1, 2012. MSST Galveston augmented U.S. Border Patrol's Amistad Lake Taskforce, conducted safety inspections of recreational boater traffic and provided officer presence to deter smugglers.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson.

A Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston member and a U.S. Border Patrol agent document a safety boarding on Lake Amistad, Texas, Aug. 1, 2012. MSST Galveston augmented U.S. Border Patrol’s Amistad Lake Taskforce, conducted safety inspections of recreational boater traffic and provided officer presence to deter smugglers. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson.

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