During the past 12 months the Coast Guard experienced substantial operational demands across its full range of missions even as it put the final touches on a modernization plan to shape the service for the challenges of the 21st century. The year also caused Coast Guard members to experience the full scale of human emotions from triumph to tragedy, success to frustration. Through it all, the Coast Guard continued to provide the best value possible as America's maritime guardian, responding to the effects of climate change, combating transnational threats, defending the nation, enforcing the law, preventing mishaps, rescuing those in distress, and minimizing the impacts to life, property and the environment when tragedy does occur.
The U.S. Coast Guard in Review
By Joe DiRenzo III and Chris Doane