Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, renders a salute as he departs the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, a 378-foot ship homeported in Seattle, Oct. 4, 2012, which he toured as part of a familiarization tour of Coast Guard units in the Pacific Northwest. Rear. Adm. Keith Taylor, commander of Coast Guard District 13, acted as the Coast Guard representative and guide to Dempsey's tour. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan W. Bradshaw.

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff visits Seattle Coast Guard units

Last week the 13th Coast Guard District had a rare opportunity to showcase what the nation’s longest-serving sea service brings to the fight for Gen. Martin Dempsey, the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.