The United States Coast Guard actually predates the United States Navy. It was originally created in 1790 as the Revenue-Marine, then eventually became the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service before merging with the U.S. Life-Saving Service in 1915 to become the U.S. Coast Guard we know today.
The Coast Guard is unique in that it can be used as a peace-keeping, law enforcement force in both domestic and international waters, and can also be a security force in time of war. It’s multi-mission structure covering law enforcement, search and rescue and maritime security means it’s a very busy service. It’s 40,000 active-duty personnel have nearly 250 coastal and ocean-going ships, tugs, and more, over 1,600 smaller boars, and over 200 aircraft, both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Interestingly enough, while the Coast Guard is the second-smallest military branch, by itself it’s the world’s twelfth-largest naval force.
Due to its maritime-focused nature, the majority of the Coast Guard’s bases are on or near the coasts of several U.S. states. These include:
- Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak – Located in Kodiak, Alaska, this base is the largest in the service’s Pacific area of coverage and is tasked with covering a 4,000,000 square mile area. Thankfully the base has several high endurance cutters, MH-60 Jayhawk and MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircraft to assist in this massive task.
- Coast Guard Aviation Training Center – Located in Mobile, Alabama, this base trains prospective Coast Guard pilots on the MH-60 Jayhawk and MH-65 Dolphin helicopters as well as the HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft. Even after pilots complete their initial training here, they return once a year for a one-week proficiency course to keep their skills as sharp as possible with their current aircraft.
- The United States Coast Guard Academy – Located in New London, Connecticut, and in-service since 1876, the Coast Guard Academy is one of the most prestigious military training academies in the whole of the U.S. military. This is also the only military academy that doesn’t require a congressional nomination for entry, but rather entry is based on merit. While the Academy stresses sciences and engineering, it also offers military training courses as well.
- Integrated Support Command Alameda – This base takes up an entire island called Coast Board Island, and is also known as Base Alameda. This base houses the commander of the Pacific Area, the Training Team One area, several support units and is home to three National Security Cutters.
The Coast Guard is a small yet vital part of the security of the United States, and therefore its service personnel deserves the same level of legal protection as any other branch of the military. This is why Aaron Meyer will work tirelessly with Coast Guard personnel and make sure they receive the protection they deserve.