Americans take most of our national security for granted and no more so, than when it comes to the protections and assistance of U.S. Coast Guard; the branch of the military that celebrates 222 years of service today.
In 1790, the United States Coast Guard was formed to protect the vast coastline of the United States when Congress consolidated two existing agencies to form an all-in-one maritime service. The previous agencies were the Life Saving Service and the Revenue Cutter Service.
Currently the U.S. Coast Guard not only safeguards the shores of the United States, doing search and rescue missions, but has cutters and off-shore ships deployed around the world.
In addition to plucking civilians from the sea, the Coast Guard has prevented billions of dollars worth of illegal drugs from entering the U.S.
Last year alone, the Coast Guard responded to more than 220,000 search and rescue incidents, saved nearly 4,000 lives and prevented almost 200,000 pounds of cocaine and untold pounds (tons) of heroin and marijuana from entering the United States.
The Coast Guard heroes are silent guardians around the globe and rarely make the news unless they are rescuing a Navy or Marine fighter jet pilot after an uplanned “water landing” at sea.