Emerson Garcia joins the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton boarding team as a Guatemalan shiprider in the Eastern Pacific, Nov. 20, 2015. The Stratton completed a three-month drug interdiction patrol in Central America. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Steenson.

In the zone: Growing international partnerships

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton has just wrapped up a three-month deployment to Central America where their main focus was drug interdiction and international maritime law enforcement. On international patrols, Coast Guard ships often bring temporary support personnel that are pertinent to the mission. Joining them for the entire deployment was Mr. Emerson Garcia, an officer from Fuerza Especial Naval (FEN), or Guatemalan Navy Special Forces.