The United States Coast Guard is our smallest military service, but its responsibilities are as multi-faceted as any of the other services. These two videos will give you a fairly good idea of what Coasties do and how they do it.
These United States Coast Guardsmen and women are ready for a wide variety of missions, from guarding our ports, to being on the front lines of the drug wars in the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, to working alongside the United States Navy in the Middle East and other areas of the world. They are mariners who know the sea and go out into it with both skill and bravery.
You will see that they are trained in the arts of war as well as the arts of rescue at sea. You will see the no-mistakes-kind-of-training they undergo to gain the shooting and boat skills they must demonstrate in order to chase and to take down the high speed, drug cartel fast boats.
We hear about the actions and the bravery of the other services all the time, but I think these two videos will show you that our United States Coast Guardsmen and women are as capable and as fierce as any of the other services.
I think you will see that to be a Coast Guardsman today is a lot more than what you may have thought before. They are a unique service in that they are most known for their work as rescuers on our coasts, rivers and lakes. But these Coasties are serving in every arena of our military mission, both here at home and abroad.
The United States Coast Guard has been in service for 230 years now. They have a long, heroic and honored history of service to our nation.
The Veterans Site honors and respects all that the United States Coast Guard does. You are not thanked enough for what you do. We thank you for being “Semper Paratus”, “Always Prepared.”
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Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.