Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: LCDR Sean Plankey

It’s not every day that a Coast Guard member finds themselves conducting cyber operations overseas, but that is exactly what Lt. Cmdr. Sean Plankey did while serving a 7-month tour in Afghanistan. After completing his masters in the C4IT advanced education program at University of Pennsylvania, Plankey was assigned to U.S. Cyber Command in Ft. Meade, Maryland as the Weapons and Tactics Branch chief. From this position, a unique opportunity presented itself: provide all offensive cyberspace operations in direct support of U.S. Forces Afghanistan and subordinate units.


Bringing Eleanor home

On paper, it’s referred to as a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, one of the 281,000 built since the Humvee’s adoption by the U.S. military in 1985. To friends and historians, the sand-colored military vehicle is known instead as Eleanor II, and she’s one of a kind. She not only symbolizes the Coast Guard’s quiet contributions to the war in Afghanistan, but this particular Humvee also represents the layered connections between history, family and military service.

PSU 309 Homecoming

End of an era

Closing out nearly 10 years of Coast Guard operations supporting Task Group 56.5 in the Northern Persian Gulf, the Coast Guard was released from its operational responsibilities providing security around Kuwait Naval Base. Shortly after a small ceremony, Sept. 24, Port Security Unit 309 flew halfway around the world to demobilize and return to their home base at Port Clinton, Ohio.

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 […]

100 Faces of War: DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal

100 names. 100 faces. 100 Americans who fought for freedom. So began Matt Mitchell’s journey to paint a portrait of 100 Americans who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan. From the commander of a rifle company to an Army cavalry scout, […]

Shipmate of the Week – Capt. Scott Decker

  After spending the better part of 23 years in the Coast Guard, Capt. Scott Decker was asked to temporarily trade in his uniform for a suit and tie and to abandon the familiar trappings of a cutter’s bridge for […]

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 – 3 saved from sinking ship, major drug bust, 1st female rescue swimmer retires, home for the holidays

Guardians rescued three men from their sinking fishing vessel approximately 60 miles into the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. A helicopter out of Air Station Clearwater, Fla. responding to the vessel’s EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) spotted the handheld flare […]

itCG – President thanks Guardians, man fined $112k for false distress calls, safe boating courses work, honoring Surfman Jack Dipert

[youtube 7gQy0MPWnGY] Guardians were among those receiving a personal thanks from the President of the United States on Thanksgiving. President Obama called two members of each of the armed services serving in Iraq and Afghanistan to express the nation’s gratitude […]

itCG – major drug bust, missing boater search suspended, ADM Allen talks with gCaptain

Post written by Christopher Lagan. Last week, Guardians from Maritime Safety and Security Team 91104 (attached to the USS Anzio – flagship of Combined Task Force 151), assisted the Navy in the seizure of 4 tons of illegal drugs in […]