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This blog is very much a child of Dan Trimble’s CGBlog where I contributed for a bit over two years. With Dan’s help, all the content I wrote during that period has been transplanted here along with the associated comments.
Unfortunately when Dan’s CGBlg ceased to exist many of the links in the content here were broken. I will fix them as time permits.
This blog will generally not discuss day to day operations that the Coast Guard does so well. Other sources such as Coast Guard Compass are much better positioned to do this than I.
The objective of this blog is to look over the longer term, at budgets, policies, tactics, roles and missions, and their physical expression, the platforms that allow the Coast Guard to do its job. My own interest and experience is primarily with the larger patrol vessels, so they will perhaps receive a disproportionate amount of attention. If so, it is not for lack of respect for the other elements of the Coast Guard, and I hope comments will to some extent make up for my lack of familiarity with these areas.
There will also be some reflection on the history of the service that I hope will be both entertaining and illuminating.
Comments are not only welcome, they are essential to maintaining balance and working toward a better understanding of the needs of the service. Recognizing that readers come from different levels of experience and understanding, please keep comments respectful and on topic and avoid personal attacks.
Additionally this blog is not about partisan politics. There are lots of other blogs that provide a venue for that. Comments which include comments on contemporary politics will be deleted in whole or in part.
I’d like to keep the discussion professional, so personal attacks will also be deleted.
Who am I?
I am an old guy and grandfather. Graduated from the CG Academy in 1969. Retired from the Coast Guard 1991 (Military Readiness expertise no longer required after the breakup of the Soviet Union). Assignments included four ships, Rescue Coordination Center New Orleans, CG HQ, Four years in HQ in the Military Readiness branch, Fleet Training Group San Diego, Naval War College (Command and Staff Course), and Pacific Area/Maritime Defense Zone Pacific Ops/Readiness/Plans/Exercises. My ships included the McCulloch (a 311′ WAVP/WHEC), Confidence when it was homeported in Kodiak, Duane (a 327′ WPG/WHEC and my avatar in its WWII form), and Midgett (the WHEC). While at Fleet Training Group San Diego, I observed all underway training for every ship that went through training for three years. That gave me the opportunity to observe more gunnery exercises than just about anyone else in the Coast Guard. While there I also became the first Coast Guard officer to complete the Tactical Action Officer (TAO) course (August 1980) and also completed the Naval Control of Shipping course. Have had a life-long interest in naval ships and history. Also have a Masters from George Washington University in quantitative factors for decision making. I got going to night school while at CG HQ.