It could happen to you. One day you are entrusted with a major mission area that you have never previously studied or executed: search and rescue. Suddenly, you are expected to be the subject matter expert and lead it. Your previous assignments and education provide you the analytical ability to learn the mission’s protocols. Your leadership experiences provide you the skills to guide the team. Your continued promotions with increasing challenges provide you the confidence to engage something new. But this is entirely different and very complex. Lives are, quite literally, at stake.
As a senior officer in a maritime service, your professional portfolio would be incomplete without a sound knowledge of search and rescue. Whether you serve in the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, or the U.S. Merchant Marine, your understanding of the fundamentals of maritime search and rescue (SAR) is vital for the sustained global success and proficiency of the mission.