225 Years of Service to Nation

225 years of Service to Nation: Ports, waterways and coastal security

The genesis of the Coast Guard’s ports, waterways and coastal security, or PWCS, mission dates back to 1888 when its predecessor agency, the Revenue Cutter Service, was tasked with the movement and anchorage of vessels in New York.


Focus on the Western Hemisphere: A network approach

Federal agencies and international partners are working tirelessly in the United States and abroad to combat Transnational Organized Crime networks. These efforts have been instrumental in eradicating production facilities and controlling the purchase of precursor chemicals used to make drugs; interrupting mobility corridors when illegal narcotics are being moved to stockpile locations; and integrating efforts to disrupt drug shipments and the distribution chain to impact the network itself.

Adm. Loy

Remembering 9/11: Adm. James Loy

In remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, Coast Guard Compass interviewed Adm. James Loy, 21st commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. As commandant during the 9/11 attacks, part of the transition team that launched the Department of Homeland Security and a […]

The case for the national security cutter

For the past several months, Coast Guard Compass has taken you aboard Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf with reports from the commanding and executive officers on operations in the Bering Sea and the Western Pacific. That unique perspective “From the bridge […]

Protecting America from threats delivered by sea

For more than 200 years the United States Coast Guard has served as America’s maritime first responder, protecting Americans on the sea, protecting America from threats delivered by sea and protecting the sea itself. Over the centuries and particularly in […]

NEW ORLEANS - A member of the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team stands watch over a secured area as a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., flies overhead during a training exercise in the Gulf of Mexico. The MSRT is the Coast Guard's advanced interdiction force for higher risk law enforcement and counter-terrorism operations. This image has been altered for security purposes. USCG photo by PA1 Adam Eggers

Protecting our borders: Southwest border security

When most Americans think of the Southwest border, they likely think of the terrestrial border that dates back to encounters with Santa Ana and beyond, and manifest themselves modern day threats from the likes of Los Zetas, La Familia and […]

Coast Guard conducts first Arctic domain awareness flight of 2010

Earlier this week Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak conducted the first Arctic domain awareness flight of 2010. These bi-weekly flights are critical to informing District 17 command on issues related to homeland security, maritime domain awareness, science research, and sea […]

Admiral Allen reactivates CGC Polar Star

Yesterday, Admiral Allen reactivated the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, one of America’s two polar class ice breakers. The commandant of the Coast Guard cited a changing Arctic landscape that will require new policies on economic, homeland and environmental security, […]

ADM Allen to stress need for maritime security regimes

Admiral Thad Allen will stress the need for maritime security regimes as a critical part of a Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower in a speech before the Surface Naval Association tomorrow. At a time when the aviation community is […]

New Year, New Career

The New Year marks the beginning of a new career path for some Guardians. As Coast Guard commands across the nation ceremoniously induct members into the new Maritime Enforcement Specialist (ME) rate, these Guardians are not only making Coast Guard […]

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