The Ports Waterways Coastal Security Harbor Master USCG Shirt created for Coasties and one of the 11 major mission types the USCG focuses in when conducting operations all over the world PWCS. Even though the smallest of the United States military branches, the US Coast Guard no less has some of the finest men and women in uniform working extremely hard each and every day helping to protect our shorelines, harbors, sea lanes with their incredible skills and talents. Detect Intercept Interdict!
PWCS, one of the many roles the USCG performs involves the employment of awareness activities including; counterterrorism, antiterrorism, preparedness and response operations; and the establishment and oversight of a maritime security regime. PWCS also includes the national defense role of protecting military outload operations.
This USCG design was created specifically for those involved in PWCS activities both active duty, reserve, retirees and veterans alike.
United States Coast Guard Adopts Kodiak Bear . Since the inception of the United States Coast Guard, and prior to that the Revenue Cutter Service, there has always been a connection between the United States Coast GuardUSCG and mascots often a variety of breeds of dogs manning lighthouses with their Guardsman or on board a US Coast Guard Cutter. Never really has there been a specific mascot or identity with a type of animal until more recently.
The United States Coast Guard Academy, located in New London is the hub of training for our men and women that wear the uniform of the United States Coast Guard and as the cornerstone of USCG training has already made a strong connection with the Kodiak Bear as evidenced by the USCG racing stripe displayed on the paw print of this amazing animal.
Now that the Kodiak has begun to see more of a connection throughout the smallest branch of the US military it is becoming more widely accepted and not just in places like Air Station Kodiak!
(Source: uscg.mil) – “Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak is a Seventeenth Coast Guard District(D17) unit on beautiful Kodiak Island approximately 250 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. The Air Station was commissioned as an Air Detachment April 17, 1947, with one PBY Catalina aircraft, seven pilots, and 30 crewmen. It represented the first permanent Coast Guard aviation resource in Alaska. The Air Station is the major tenant of Coast Guard Base Kodiak. It is the largest Coast Guard command in D17 and the entire Pacific Area (PACAREA). The present complement of HC-130Hs, MH-60Ts, MH-65Ds aids in completing our mission and saving lives.”
Now that the USCG has begun the adoption of its very new mascot, the Kodiak Bear, it is becoming highly recognized as a force to be recognized with when it comes to its mission types and roles from drug interdiction to search and rescue.
An estimated 1.7 million Purple Heart recipients are still alive. Those were the ones who came home. Others didn’t. Americans are still sacrificing the very flesh on their bodies. Honor them.
In months past we have worked to help create awareness for PTSD, donating money to great causes to further mission of expanding the care and treatment of those experiencing post traumatic stress disorder. As it is often states that not all wounds are visible. For many who have experienced the trauma of war and were injured in battle the Purple Heart was created for them. General George Washington saw fit to acknowledge our men and women that experienced battle and were scarred from it. For military merit it reads on the back of the United States Purple Heart medal given to those who sacrificed their bodies. It is important not just on a day like today but all days that we remember our warriors.
On this day August 7th, Purple Heart Day, lets remember those who have sacrificed, who wear a badge of honor, speak a little quieter in their presence and be more understanding and sympathetic to others out of respect.
Not often spoken about in the headlines, newspapers, periodicals or within the ranks of the US, the USCG has a little secret up its sleeve: The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary!
Since 1939 the USCG Auxiliary has served as the backbone of the US Coast Guard and has been there to support the USCG in every way it possibly can!
What is the USCG Auxiliary?
Source from Wiki~
The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCG Aux) is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard (“USCG”). Congress established the USCG Aux was June 23, 1939, as the United States Coast Guard Reserve.
What does the USCG Auxiliary do?
1. An excellent article by Rande Wilson of the USCG goes into a nice discussion about the duties of the Auxiliary, their roles and missions. What does the Coast Guard Auxiliary do? This is a question I once caught myself asking when I was active duty at Sector Seattle. And for the average Coastie out there it’s a question that they too may not be able to answer. So, as today’s educative post I would like to tell you what I know of the Auxiliary, their actions, and their potential. More information found at at http://live.cgaux.org/?p=707
Missions and Core Values!
Per Wiki~Administrative support to the Coast Guard
Aids-to-navigation verification (ATON)
Assistance to local government
Augmentation of Coast Guard billets
Surface, air and radio operations
Licensing of merchant mariners
Marine safety and environmental protection (MSEP)
Port safety and security (PS&S)
Public affairs support (PA)
Program visitor (PV)
USCG Academy Recruiting
Search and rescue (SAR)
Waterways management as part of USCG the Auxiliary’s core values are the same as those of active Coast Guard: Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. The USCG motto is “Semper Paratus”(Always Ready).