Costabile earns an automatic merit promotion to chief petty officer. Photo by PA3 Cindy Beckert

Serving in a Port Security Unit

Port Security Units (PSU) are part of the Coast Guard’s Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF) and have become the pinnacle of the national defense mission, which spawned the formation of the Coast Guard Reserve itself. PSUs need highly-motivated members in the boatswain’s mate (BM) and maritime enforcement specialist (ME) ratings to fill critical billets in Waterside and Shoreside Security Divisions, which are necessary to meet the Coast Guard’s readiness conditions for overseas deployments supporting maritime security operations.


The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard operations during the Persian Gulf War

Units and personnel of the U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor services have served with distinction in every major American conflict since the founding of the United States. The Persian Gulf War proved no exception to this rule.


Port security chief among finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals are presented annually by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service to celebrate excellence in our federal civil service. The Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal recognizes a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to homeland security and law enforcement, including border and transportation security, civil rights, counterterrorism, emergency response, fraud prevention and intelligence. Today, our nation’s public servants are confronting and overcoming challenges of great importance to the American people. Whether securing our borders, ensuring the safety of the products we buy and the food we eat, protecting our environment or caring for our veterans and most vulnerable citizens, government employees are dedicated to serving others and making a difference.


Kuwait port security

Remembering 9/11: Protecting America’s ports

Co-authored by Lt. Daniel Orchard, International Port Security Program. America’s seaports are an important part of our economy. When the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 occurred a decade ago, the nature of the tragedy understandably led to a rallying call […]


FORT DIX, N.J. - Cmdr. Brenden Kettner listens to a briefing during Expeditionary Combat Readiness training at Fort Dix, Dec. 14, 2010. Kettner is preparing for a one-year tour to Afganistan. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.

Back to Iraq

As a military force, the Coast Guard is often called on by our counterparts in the Department of Defense to provide mission expertise unique to our service. Over the past several years, United States Forces Iraq has called upon the […]


itCG – search suspended, 3 men and a dog rescued, Iraq duty

The search for a passenger seen jumping off a cruise ship near the Bahamas on New Year’s Eve was suspended yesterday. The search as suspended after multiple air and sea assets searched 3,725 square miles for the 23-year-old woman. Story […]


Guardians of the Week – LT Donis and PS3 Rodriguez

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) presented the 2009 Excellence in Military Service Awards during the Armed Forces Awards Breakfast yesterday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lieutenant Antonio Donis and Port Security Specialist Third Class Jimmy L. Rodriguez […]