Coast Guard medevacs Uruguayan naval cadet 46 miles off North Carolina

Coast Guard medevacs Uruguayan naval cadet 46 miles off North Carolina
Coast Guard crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach transfer a patient to a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City 46 miles off the coast of North Carolina during a search and rescue case August 7, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Petty Officer 1st Class Mark Ward) WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Coast Guard medevaced a Uruguayan naval cadet from a training...

Special Missions Training Center holds change-of-command

Special Missions Training Center holds change-of-command
U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Adrian L. West, right, off-going commanding officer, transfers command to Capt. Paul E. Frantz, left, on-coming commanding officer, Special Missions Training Center, during the SMTC change of command at the Marston Pavilion on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, June 20, 2019.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Karina Lopezmata) CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Coast...

Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center holds change of command

Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center holds change of command
WASHINGTON — Capt. Adrian L. West relieved Capt. Jonathan N. Riffe as commanding officer of U.S. Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center (SMTC) during a ceremony Friday at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. West, a native of Farrell, Pennsylvania, most recently served as the chief of response at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston. “To the crew of SMTC –...

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...

Coast Guard trains to combat terrorism

by Sgt. Thomas J. Griffith Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune In temperatures exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit. In full gear, including flak jacket and Kevlar. In ports around the United States and overseas. The Coast Guard has law enforcement officials defending, searching, seizing and detaining. Before that, however, they must attend the Basic Tactical Operations Course at the Joint Maritime Training...