12 Coast Guardsmen receive Navy Combat Action Ribbon

12 Coast Guardsmen receive Navy Combat Action Ribbon
Vice Adm. Karl Schultz, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, presents 12 Coast Guardsmen assigned to the Maritime Security Response Team with the Navy Combat Action Ribbon in Chesapeake, Va., Nov. 8, 2017.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Stanton. PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Twelve Coast Guardsmen assigned to the Maritime Security Response Team in Chesapeake were presented with the...

Coast Guard Atlantic Area personnel respond to Hurricane Harvey from Hampton Roads, Va.

Coast Guard Atlantic Area personnel respond to Hurricane Harvey from Hampton Roads, Va.
Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Atlantic Area Command Center in Portsmouth, Virginia, monitor search and rescue cases Sept. 1, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn) PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Coast Guard Atlantic Area personnel stationed in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, area continue to respond to the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. Local Coast Guard units providing support...

Maritime Security Response Team holds change of command

Maritime Security Response Team holds change of command
Capt. Brandon Lechthaler, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team, salutes Vice Adm. Karl L. Shultz, Atlantic Area commander, during MSRT’s change-of-command ceremony in Chesapeake, Virginia, May 19, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake) CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Coast Guard Capt. Brandon W. Lechthaler assumed command of Coast Guard Maritime...

Coast Guard Basic Tactical Operator’s Course students graduate

Coast Guard Basic Tactical Operator's Course students graduate
The Coast Guard’s Special Missions Training Center, located in Courthouse Bay at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, has kicked off the new fiscal year with the start of its Basic Tactical Operators Course. The BTOC is one of the several tactical training courses offered at the SMTC, and has been an active course since 2008.  Students arrive from Maritime Security Response Teams, Maritime Safety...

Off-duty Coast Guardsman aids Navy pilot after crash

PORTSMOUTH, Va.— An off-duty Coast Guard member and Virginia Beach native provided first aid to a downed F/A-18D Hornet pilot after his plane crashed near Virginia Beach, Friday. Petty Officer 2nd Class Nick Beane, a canine handler stationed with the Maritime Security Response Team, was at a friend’s house having lunch when he heard the roar of jet planes overhead. His friend motioned for him...

Maritime Security Response Team to hold change of command

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — A change of command ceremony is scheduled for the Maritime Security Response Team at Naval Security Group Activity Chesapeake, 11 a.m. Friday. During the ceremony, Capt. Brian P. Thompson will assume the responsibilities of MSRT commanding officer from Capt. Keith M. Smith. Under Smith’s command, the team filled a critical homeland security gap with an advanced interdiction force...

Maritime Security Response Team demonstrates capabilities

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano visited the Coast Guard Integrated Support Command in Portsmouth for a demonstration of the capabilities of the Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team Monday.

Coast Guard, multiple agencies provide maritime security for Presidential Inauguration

by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg Curled up on cots in a green canvas tent lay six men. Still wearing their dry suits, their faces are still flushed pink from the cold air as they close their eyes and try to get some rest while the bitter wind is rifling the walls of their makeshift home. Next to them sprawled out on black cases is an arsenal of light machine guns, shotguns and rifles. These...