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See why the US Coast Guard shines in the fulfillment of its dual mission as a lifesaver and enforcer of the law

Coast Guard Search and Rescue. (U.S. Coast Guard)
July 07, 2017

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is interesting for two interesting reasons: first, is the only federal agency that could be and is considered military in training and nature, besides being counted among the military service branches; and second, because its mission is as much about enforcing the law as it is looking to save lives, perhaps first and foremost.

When USCG personnel is on duty, they are looking for anyone is distress and in need of help, as much as for anyone breaking the law. Their life-saving, heroic efforts have without a doubt saved countless lives.

Coast Guard at Work

Take this footage of Petty Officer 2nd Class Christine Parham, a health services technician at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, and one of the few paramedics in the Coast Guard. After joining in 2013 and training in Cape May, New Jersey, Parham begged to come to Kodiak to be an Aviation Mission Specialist, where she could use her skills and abilities to further the station’s mission, saving lives and helping others in the process.

Coast Guard Work