The United States Coast Guard is a military, multimission, maritime service and one of the nation's five Armed Services. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic interest - in the nation's ports and waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support national security.
Lord help us if we didn't have 'em. I give them all a salute and will hoist a pint of Newcastle (maybe more than one) in their honor tonight. Think about what they do in a single day:
Save 15 lives
Assist 117 people in distress
Protect $2.8 million in property
Interdict 30 illegal migrants at sea
Conduct 90 search and rescue cases
Seize $21 million worth of illegal drugs
Respond to 11 oil and hazardous chemical spills
Board and inspect 122 vessels
My pick for Person(s) of the Year.