Coast Guard captain receives praise for leadership during Deepwater Horizon response

SAN PEDRO, Calif. – Coast Guard Capt. Roger Laferriere was awarded the Legion of Merit for his role as an Incident Commander in Louisiana during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. The Eleventh District Commander, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Joseph “Pepe” Castillo, presented the award during a ceremony on Terminal Island, Oct. 15, 2011. Laferriere was recognized for his effective...

Oil Spill Response: Knowing Your Enemy

Story by Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers and Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Schofield KNOWING YOUR ENEMY Make no mistake ladies and gentlemen; an oil spill is a war to save the environment. In this war, the oil is our enemy. And to defeat this enemy, we need to know what it is and what are its tendencies so we can figure out how best to defeat it. We have to know our enemy. This...

Coast Guard Capt. James Hanzalik Replaces Capt. Roger Laferriere as Incident Commander for Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS- Capt. Roger Laferriere, Louisiana Incident Commander for the Deepwater Horizon Response, has returned to California to resume his role as Commander of Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach after a 60-day deployment. Capt. James Hanzalik, the 8th District Chief of Response has assumed the role of Incident Commander.