I Knew the Coast Guard Helps Protect Our Borders, But I Never Realized They Were THIS Good

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Since 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Coast Guard has been under the Department of Homeland Security, and its mission has been expanded. It has had to take on responsibilities far beyond its traditional life-saving missions. You will encounter the modern Coast Guard as a true military force here and gain even more respect for the complex mission of this, our smallest military unit.

Consisting of a mere 40,000 active duty members, the Coast Guard is hard at work each and every day. Among them, one unit stands out — The Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron or simply HITRON.

If you have never heard of HITRON, this video will tell you all about it and you will see and understand the U.S. Coast Guard in an entirely new way. This is not your average Coast Guard video. Sit back and enjoy this intimate view into the 21st-century Coast Guard in the video below.

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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.