(See B. Smicklas, pp. 28–33, August 2015 Proceedings)
Captain Brendan C. McPherson, U.S. Coast Guard—Although things may not be as dire as Lieutenant Commander Smicklas seems to portray in his article, he raises some interesting points—the most important of which is that the Coast Guard is first and foremost a seagoing service. No other federal, state, or local agency has the authority, capability, or capacity to do what the Coast Guard does on the high seas. It is the one thing that sets the Coast Guard apart from every other law-enforcement agency or branch of the armed forces. It is also what sets our cutter fleet apart from the rest of our shore-based forces. In order to attract and retain the best cuttermen, the Coast Guard needs to recognize and reward them for the unique service they provide and the sacrifices they make over the course of their seagoing careers.