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The USCG's Maritime Security Forces

By William Thiesen 2018-06-28 13:48:40

With the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the War on Terror set in motion dramatic changes to the Coast Guard. Prior to the 9/11 attacks, U.S. ports, waterways, and coastlines were protected primarily by Coast Guard boat stations and cutters. Immediately following September 11, Coast Guard resources were reallocated to fill the additional maritime security functions required in a post-9/11 environment. In 2002, President George W. Bush signed the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) to protect the nation’s ports...

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Captain Mike Healy: Tamer of America's Western Sea Frontier

By William Thiesen 2016-06-07 00:33:05

By William Thiesen, Atlantic Area Historian for the U.S. Coast Guard The colorful Captain “Hell Roaring” Mike Healy, famed skipper of the Bear. U.S. Coast Guard photo.  “When I am in charge of a vessel, I always command; nobody commands but me. I take all the responsibility, all the risks, all the hardships that my office would call upon me to take. I do not steer by any man’s compass but my...

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