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.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Chief Petty Officer Timothy Soboleski

Chief Petty Officer Timothy Soboleski, a reserve electrician’s mate stationed at Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, Michigan, carries on the chief’s strong tradition of enlisted leadership. Soboleski was recognized for his leadership when he was awarded the 2015 Master Chief Angela M. McShan Inspirational Leadership Award – Reserves.


Tradewinds 2015

Tradewinds 2015: Strengthening parternships throughout the Caribbean

Tradewinds, an annual Caribbean-focused exercise overseen by U.S. Southern Command, focuses on building and strengthening partnerships. The exercise helps nations better respond to natural disasters and land and maritime threats, including illicit trafficking.


In the Zone: Coast Guard Counter Drug 101

The name “Coast Guard” can be a little deceiving. Many people don’t realize Coast Guardsmen are deployed around the world conducting a variety of military, law enforcement, regulatory and humanitarian missions. One of its most significant expeditionary missions is counter narcotics in the Western Hemisphere; more specifically, stopping drug smugglers in the “drug transit zones” of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin.


The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell stands at attention among pallets of seized cocaine during an award ceremony aboard the Boutwell at Naval Base San Diego, Oct. 6, 2014. The Boutwell returned from a 90-day counter drug patrol in which they made six drug interdictions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Connie Terrell.

Coast Guard, Western Hemisphere partners seize $423M in cocaine during multiple drug busts

“Our crew used their unique capabilities and authorities as a military service, law enforcement agency, and member of the U.S. intelligence community to disrupt transnational organized crime networks in the Eastern Pacific and keep drugs from making it to the U.S.,” said Capt. Edward A. Westfall, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell. “These illegal drug networks are dangerous breeding grounds for all types of trafficking and their immense profits fuel violence and instability.”


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…”


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp (left) meets with NAVCENT Commander Vice Adm. John Miller (center) and Deputy NAVCENT Commander Rear Adm. James Loeblein in Manama, Bahrain, Nov. 20, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

Adm. Papp’s Arabian Gulf visit highlights maritime governance

Commandant of the Coast Guard Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp recently visited the Kingdom of Bahrain for an annual visit to Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and to meet with key maritime partners.


Retired U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Sancho Johnson prepares to throws a shot put Nov. 15, 2012, during the first ever Wounded Warrior Pacific Trials at the Iolani School Kozuki Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wounded, ill and injured sailors and Coast Guardsman from across the country are going head-to-head in archery, cycling, track and field, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, and wheelchair basketball for one of 35 places on the 2013 Warrior Games Navy-Coast Guard team. Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth.

Representing the Coast Guard at the Warrior Games

The Warrior Games bring together more than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members from all branches of the U.S. military, as well as from international armed forces. The event includes competitions in archery, cycling, seated volleyball, shooting, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball. The goal of the Warrior Games isn’t necessarily to identify the most skilled athletes, but rather to demonstrate the incredible potential of wounded warriors through competitive sports.


CGC Edisto

‘Lucky Eddie’ gets a new lease on life

Dismantling, removing and replacing a cutter’s main diesel engine is a job requiring teamwork, logistical coordination and planning under the best of circumstances. Replacing both engines at once doubles the complexity. Doing an unscheduled dual engine swap is a unique challenge the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Edisto and engineers from Sector San Diego recently tackled.


Cutter Washington

Not your typical Coast Guard operation

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Washington recently visited Ulithi Atoll to deliver humanitarian supplies and teach locals about safe boating practices. Washington, a 110-foot patrol boat out of Guam, delivered rice, rainwater collectors, school books, clothing and outboard boat engines. These supplies were much needed on the small islands that make up the atoll, as the ship that normally delivers cargo to the atoll has been unable to make the voyage for almost a year due to mechanical problems.


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