Participants of a 10-day joint military bilateral exercise, Gema Bhakti 17 (GB17) take a group photo during the event in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Unity in Diversity: Coast Guard lends support to bilateral exercise in Indonesia

Bhinneka tunggal ika, the Indonesian national motto, means “unity in diversity.” This theme resonated with two reservists from Coast Guard Reserve Unit Pacific Command (USPACOM) who traveled to Jakarta, Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago, in September 2017. Capt. Joanna Hiigel and Cmdr. John Mower traveled halfway around the world to support the 10-day joint military bilateral exercise, Gema Bhakti 17 (GB17). This was the fifth exercise of its kind held between the U.S. and Indonesia’s military, Tentara National Indonesia. It was designed to enhance collaboration and skill in planning a response to a regional crisis, with an emphasis on maritime security.


Camp Lemonnier entrance sign. Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.

Pacific Area deputy commander visits Reservists deployed to Africa

Rear Adm. Pat DeQuattro, Coast Guard Pacific Area deputy commander, visited reservists assigned to Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa. While there, DeQuattro recognized two reservists by presenting them the Navy Expeditionary Warfare Specialist pins.


MSST San Diego returns from 6-month deployment on Mother’s day

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson. Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego, a Coast Guard anti-terrorism team, returned home on Mother’s Day from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after a six-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During […]


Guardian of the Week – LT Wayne Miller

“Other Coasties would have done the same,” said LT Kenneth “Wayne” Miller as he reflected on his rescue of a man trapped in a vehicle fire. On July 16, Miller, one of the thousands of reservists who have been called […]


Guardians deploy to Middle East on security mission

Guardians from Port Security Unit 312 deployed yesterday to provide support and protection for high-value assets across the Middle East. Port Security Units (PSU) provide port security in support of military and humanitarian operations worldwide and are required to be […]