Forging the future in joint operations

Navy SEALs, Marine Raiders, Army Rangers and Green Berets often come to mind when thinking about military special operation forces. Many only tend to think of the Coast Guard as rescuers of mariners in peril at sea, however the Coast Guard also has Deployable Specialized Forces. One of the many DSF teams includes the tactical law enforcement teams that are highly trained to integrate with Navy teams to interdict illegal drug traffickers on the high seas. A member of the Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team recently had the opportunity to train at the Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy that will further enhance Coast Guard operations.


Coast Guard Family Month: Adopted by America

Born Aug. 27, 1961, in Germany, he was given the birth name Holger Lorenz. Less than a year later, he was adopted by Charles and Doris McAndrews who then changed his name to Charles McAndrews, just like his adoptive father. Charles would follow his father’s footsteps into the U.S. military to serve his adopted country.


Deep roots: Proud heritage woven in service

Jennifer Davis is proud of her Ishak and Coushatta Nations tribal heritage and her service to her country. She served 13 years in the Army and Army Reserves and is currently a civilian working for the Coast Guard’s National Pollution Fund Center.


Soldiers from the U.S. Army 10th Special Forces Group, out of Army Base Fort Carson, Colo., prepare their Zodiac rigid-hulled inflatable boats for deployment while aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Fir, a 225-foot Sea-going Buoy Tender during transit off the northern coast of Oregon, June 22, 2016. The cutter supplied equipment storage and deployment during a joint-agency operation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Class Levi Read.

Global impact of an everyday job

Though our sister service may have different missions, this cooperative exercise between the Coast Guard and Army demonstrated the global impact both services can make working together.


Army basic training at 55, could you do it?

Coast Guard employee completes Army basic training at 55 years old. “I came within just a few hours of not being able to join the Army,” said John Taffe. “It literally took a call to congress…”


OSC Hearst with team

Shipmate of the Week – OSC Sabrina Hearst

Not a single day passed during her 62-day bicycle ride across America when Chief Petty Officer Sabrina Hearst didn’t think to herself, “Just one more mile.” But her thoughts were not for her own self-motivation as she endured weeks of 100-plus degree temperatures, frequent muscle pain and fatigue. Her thoughts were for her teammates, the 17 disabled veterans and able-bodied riders who became her extended family during the two months they spent together on the asphalt.


Lt. Jack Rittichier

Lt. Jack Rittichier and the legacy of Vietnam

A 34-year-old Coast Guard pilot flew above the war-torn Republic of Vietnam with many uncertainties on his mind. While he and his fellow servicemembers faced the unknown, he was sure about one thing. “I just want to save lives as […]


Armed Forces Day: Keeping America strong & secure

Today we honor and celebrate the men and women of the United States armed forces. The Armed Forces Day celebration began when President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and […]


Armed Forces Day 2011

Armed Forces Day 2011

Today we honor and celebrate the men and women of the United States armed forces. The Armed Forces Day celebration began when President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and […]


FORT DIX, N.J. - Cmdr. Brenden Kettner listens to a briefing during Expeditionary Combat Readiness training at Fort Dix, Dec. 14, 2010. Kettner is preparing for a one-year tour to Afganistan. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.

Back to Iraq

As a military force, the Coast Guard is often called on by our counterparts in the Department of Defense to provide mission expertise unique to our service. Over the past several years, United States Forces Iraq has called upon the […]


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