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.


Get fit: Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test

Lt. Cmdr. Sean Plankey, currently deployed with Expeditionary Cyber Support Element under U.S. Forces Afghanistan, talks about his experiences keeping fit in a joint operating environment and accepting the challenge to participate in the Marine Corps Combat Fitness Test.


The Drawing Board: Honoring Douglas Munro

On this day in 1942, Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro made the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country as he gave his own life to save the lives of 500 U.S. Marines at Gudalcanal. Each year, on Sept. 27, the Coast Guard family remembers Munro in a variety of ways. On the 71st anniversary of his death, we invite you to visit Coast Guard Compass and read a first hand account from Master Chief Petty Officer Jason Vanderhaden, command master chief for the 13th Coast Guard District, on why Munro still matters.


Lt. Cmdr. Martha Rodriguez, US Coast Guard

Shipmate of the Week – LCDR Martha Rodriguez

Leading the charge to increase diversity within the Coast Guard, Lt. Cmdr. Rodriguez knows we are stronger as an organization because of our differences. Thanks to members like her, the Coast Guard is a vibrant, dynamic service branch that has consistently met every challenge put before it.


‘Bold Alligator’ wraps up

Operation Bold Alligator 2012, the largest amphibious assault exercise in a decade, has come to an end. Check out this last story in our coverage of the exercise, which features port security units working alongside Navy and Marine Corps forces. […]


Bold Alligator transport

Into the jaws of ‘Bold Alligator’

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson, Deployable Operations Group. An Air Force C-5M Galaxy lumbered toward the terminal at Stennis International Airport in Kiln, Miss. Its smooth 222-foot long gray wings stretch across the width of the tarmac. […]


Students of the Basic Tactical Operations Course at the Joint Maritime Training Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune fire MK-18s at the range. The course gives members of the Coast Guard's deployable specialized forces the fundamentals of marksmanship. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Thomas J. Griffith.

Combating terrorism: Joint maritime training

Written by Sgt. Thomas J. Griffith, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune In temperatures exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit. In full gear, including flak jacket and Kevlar.  In ports around the United States and overseas.  The Coast Guard has law enforcement officials […]


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 […]


Video: Excerpts from ADM Allen’s speech to the Surface Naval Association

Yesterday, Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard, delivered a keynote speech to the Surface Naval Association on the occasion of The theme for this year’s event was “Surface Navy: A Balanced Force for the Hybrid War”. During his […]


itCG-Rescue awards, runaway barge, posthumous commendation, fisherman search, medevac

Guardians from sector Hampton Roads responded Friday morning to a runaway 571-foot barge that grounded near a fishing pier in Sandbridge, VA. A Coast Guard crew from the Atlantic Strike Team confirmed that all chemicals on board the vessel are safely […]