coast guard

Radiation Readiness

Japan Coast Guard anti-terrorism team members attend the emergency exercise on the assumption that terrorists attack a nuclear plant on May 11, 2013 in Tomioka, Fukushima, Japan. The exercise was jointly operated by the Japanese Police Agency and Japan Coast Guard. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

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Chris Costa talks situational awareness.

probably the funniest story I’ve heard in awhile ahahah

A Friendly Memorial Day Reminder

Memorial Day has come to mean a long weekend, a getaway trip, a sale, Figawi, a barbecue, another occasion to get drunk while the sun is still out. And I suppose there’s nothing wrong with that. But that’s not what Memorial Day is about.

Memorial Day is about commemorating a sacrifice. The military women and men sacrificing their lives, not only by dying for our freedom, but losing limbs and not being able to stand and cheer for their children at sports games. By missing the weddings, births, first communions and graduations of the ones they love and attending far more funerals than anyone their age should. It’s about the families constantly living in fear of whether or not they will ever know the comfort of hugging their military man or woman again. It’s about the children that lose parents and the women and men losing the loves of their lives. It’s about the sailors, marines, soldiers, airmen, and guardians that return feeling alone and afraid even though they’ve been welcomed home with open arms, unable to get a full night’s sleep or assimilate to normal civilian life, or even get full medical coverage for work related injuries or illness. It’s about appreciating the selflessness that drives these people to defend their country.

It repulses me to see people take for granted the privilege that is to be American, almost as much as disrespect/lack of appreciation for our troops does. Whether or not you support our foreign endeavors, you absolutely owe every ounce of your ovation to the people that risk their lives for this country, and the families enduring unbearable pain in their absences.

Eat hot dogs, drink beer, enjoy the beach, but take a moment to consider the heart ache, bloodshed and altruism that brought this holiday into existence in the first place.

“A formidable task force carves out a beachhead, about 350 miles from the Japanese mainland. Landing craft of all kinds blacken the sea out to the horizon, where stand the battlewagons, cruisers and destroyers.” Okinawa, April 13, 1945.

From the series: Activities, Facilities, and Personalities, 1886 - 1967. Records of the U.S. Coast Guard.

U.S. forces invaded Okinawa on April 1, 1945, during one of the last campaigns of World War II.  The Battle of Okinawa lasted from early April until mid-June 1945 as the Allies sought to gain the island for use as a strategic air base against mainland Japan. The battle was one of the bloodiest in the Pacific, and over 77,000 Japanese soldiers were killed or committed suicide, while the Allies suffered over 14,000 deaths.  Additionally the local population suffered significant casualties, and an estimated 42,000–150,000 local civilians were killed or committed suicide.

via the National Archives at Boston on Facebook

What Happens When Soldiers Get Bored?

Not every moment of military life can be action-packed. There are, of course, loooong stretches of boredom. So, what do service members do when the boredom creeps in? Glad you asked! This is what they do.

1) Catch Up on Reading


2) Find Places to Sleep

3) Sample Local Cuisine

4) Pretend to Eat People

5) Practice Spidey Skills

(Continue Reading: What Happens When Soldiers Get Bored?)

U.S. Marines on Guam salute the U.S. Coast Guard on Coast Guard Day

The U.S. Marines salute the U.S. Coast Guard after the fury of battle had subsided and the Japanese on Guam had been defeated. “They (the Coast Guard) Put Us Here and We Intend to Stay” is the way the Marines felt about it., ca. 08/1944

The precursor to the Coast Guard, the United States Revenue Cutter Service, was established under the Department of Treasury by Alexander Hamilton on August 4, 1790, now commemorated as Coast Guard Day.

Evening Quickie #soldierporn: Star bright.

A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Air Station Clearwater is parked on the tarmac in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The aircraft has four 910-horsepower Allison P56-A-15 turbo prop engines and has a multi-mission capable range of more than 2,400 miles.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Colon, 15 MAY 2013.)