Today seemed a particularly appropriate day to share a few facts, and also to mention that if you have not seen the Kevin Costner film "The Guardian," it is well worth the watch. The film was made in cooperation with the USCG and is the first time they have ever participated in such an endeavor. As a result, the film is amazingly accurate. The following is taken from the official CG web site.
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a military branch of the United States involved in maritime law, mariner assistance, and search and rescue, among other duties of coast guards elsewhere. One of the seven uniformed services of the United States, and the smallest armed service of the United States, its stated mission is to protect the public, the environment, and the United States economic and security interests in any maritime region in which those interests may be at risk, including international waters and America's coasts, ports, and inland waterways.
May God bless all of those brave people who protect us every day, those who have given their lives, and the families who remain at home.
Semper Paratus - Always Ready