The Coast Guard Could Be Better Used
By Peter von Bleichert
I have always been impressed with the sight of an F-14 Tomcat catapulting off a supercarrier, a pair of F/A-18 Hornets rolling in for the kill, or a Tomahawk volley from a destroyer offshore. But never have I been more
proud of our maritime forces than in August 2005 while watching U.S. Coast Guard helicopters pluck people from the floodwaters and rooftops of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The rest of the federal government may have been missing in action, but the Coast Guard proved that no matter how many demands are placed upon it, the First Fleet is Semper Paratus.