The United States Coast Guard is the smallest of our military branches, but its mission is wide in scope and as fascinating and important as any of the other bigger brother Services.
Recently the USCG Cutter Campbell and her crew were awarded the Arctic Service Medal for her deployment successes while conducting joint exercises with the Royal Danish Navy in the arctic waters around Greenland above the 66 degree, 33’N line of latitude from August 16 to September 12 of this year.
The exercises were partly military patrols. In this effort, along with their Danish partners, the USCG Campbell patrolled over 10,000 nautical miles in the arctic waters surrounding Greenland, a Danish territory. The Cutter reached as far North as the 72 parallel during her patrols.
But one of the other elements of the mission was to conduct and assist in some unique scientific research of those arctic waters. According to the Navy Times, the Campbell’s crew “deployed numerous International Ice Patrol and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) buoys into regions that have never been sampled before.”
This is just another of the many important missions the United States Coast Guard undertakes in cooperation with other nations and in pursuit of important scientific knowledge for the nation and the world.
We can all be duly proud of the United States Coast Guard, its ships and its crews. Though small, they have a big impact on the nation’s knowledge and security.
The Veterans Site would like to add its congratulations to the USCG Cutter Campbell and her crew on being awarded the prestigious and unique Arctic Service Medal. Bravo Zulu, USCG Cutter Campbell and Crew! Semper Paratus!
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.