United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May
United States Coast Guard Training Center Cape May is the home of the Coast Guard enlisted corps and is the Coast Guard's only enlisted accession point and recruit training center, located on 1 Munro Avenue, Cape May, New Jersey. Sewell Point, has a long history of naval presence. During the American Revolutionary War and throughout the nineteenth century, Cape May Sound was used as a harbor of refuge. In 1917, the Navy established a "section base" in Cape May to provide training, vessel support and communication facilities for coastal defense; the Navy converted an abandoned amusement center, built along the oceanfront, for military use. The old skating rink became the mess hall and sleeping quarters, the stage was made into a galley, the "human roulette wheel" – a scrub table and the "barrel of fun" became a brig; when the old wooden structure burned down in 1918, the Navy built standard military facilities along the harbor front. After World War I, the base was adapted to accommodate dirigibles.
The largest hangar in the world, 700 feet long and over 100 feet tall, was built to accommodate an airship under construction in Britain. However, the R38 crashed on its test flight and "lighter-than-air" craft were never adopted for Navy use. In 1924, the U. S. Coast Guard occupied the base and established air facilities for planes used in support of United States Customs Service efforts. During the Prohibition era, several cutters were assigned to Cape May to foil rumrunners operating off the New Jersey coast. After Prohibition, the Coast Guard all but abandoned Cape May leaving a small air/sea rescue contingent. For a short period of time, part of the base was used as a civilian airport. With the advent of World War II, a larger airstrip was constructed and the Navy returned to train aircraft carrier pilots; the over the water approach simulated carrier landings at sea. The Coast Guard increased its Cape May forces for coastal patrol, anti-submarine warfare, air/sea rescue and buoy service. In 1946, the Navy relinquished the base to the Coast Guard.
In 1948, all entry level training on the east coast was moved to the U. S. Coast Guard Recruit Receiving Station in Cape May; the Coast Guard consolidated all recruit training functions in Cape May in 1982. It provides seaman apprentices, fireman apprentices and firemen to the Coast Guard Fleet – en route to "A" schools – as well as sending some personnel directly to "A" schools. Although modern training facilities have replaced most of the original Naval Base buildings, the Coast Guard is respectful of the history of Sewell Point and their host city. In addition to its role as the sole accession point for the Coast Guard’s enlisted corps, TRACENCM contains the Coast Guard's recruiter and company commander programs. Personnel from TRACENCM's ceremonial guard are called upon by various civic and veterans' organizations to provide an active duty, uniformed military presence at numerous functions throughout the year; the TRACEN maintains its own active duty and reservist staffed military fire and police departments, as well as ambulance service, that are called for mutual aid in the local areas.
TRACENCM is home for and provides logistical support to over a dozen tenant commands. These tenant commands in turn perform support and operational missions that include: Search and Rescue. Members of the United States Coast Guard Reserve drill at USCG Station Cape May. Locally, there is a robust United States Coast Guard Auxiliary presence that plays an integral part in many aspects of maritime and maritime life in the greater Training Center community. Delaware Military Academy has their Basic Leadership Training at the center. Recognizing the enduring relationship between the greater Cape May region, on the evening of Friday, 8 May 2015, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Paul F. Zukunft, proclaimed Cape May County a “Coast Guard Community”, one of only 17 in the nation. Earlier in the year, state Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak and Senator Jeff Van Drew drafted a resolution proclaiming the first week of each August as “Coast Guard Week”. Training Center Petaluma Training Center Yorktown Official website Virtual tour Recruit Training Tours, sunset parades.
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Machinery Technician is an enlisted rating in the United States Coast Guard, responsible for the operation and repair of a cutter's propulsion, auxiliary equipment and outside equipment, internal combustion engines, environmental support systems, generator sets, areas of hazardous material recovery and control. They are responsible for the engineering maintenance of any small boats assigned to their command. At smaller stations and cutters they serve as electricians. Senior MK's are assigned supervisory positions as shop supervisors at shore installations. On smaller cutters and at small boat stations senior MK's are assigned as Engineer Petty Officers and are responsible for the overall management of the unit engineering department including its personnel; the rating of Machinery Technician includes the obsolete Coast Guard ratings of Engineman, Machinist Mate, Gas Turbine System Technician, Boiler Technician. Because it combines several older obsolete ratings,it is one of the largest ratings in the Coast Guard.
The MK "A" school is 13 weeks in length and is located at the Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown in Yorktown, Virginia. List of United States Coast Guard ratings Coast Guard Enlisted Ratings
United States Coast Guard Academy
The United States Coast Guard Academy is the service academy of the United States Coast Guard, founded in 1876 and located in New London, Connecticut. It is the smallest of the five federal service academies and provides education to future Coast Guard officers in one of nine major fields of study. Unlike the other service academies, the Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination for admission. Students are officers-in-training and are referred to as cadets, upon graduation receive a Bachelor of Science degree and are commissioned as ensigns with a five-year active-duty service obligation, with additional years if the graduate attends flight school or subsequent government-funded graduate school. Out of 250 cadets entering the academy each summer, 200 graduate. Cadets can choose from among nine majors, with a curriculum, graded according their performance in a holistic program of academics, physical fitness and leadership. Cadets are required to adhere to the academy's "Honor Concept," "Who lives here reveres honor, honors duty,", emblazoned in the halls of the academy's entrance.
The academy's motto is Scientiæ cedit mare, Latin for "the sea yields to knowledge". The Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, ABET, AACSB for its various programs.· The roots of the academy lie in the School of Instruction of the Revenue Cutter Service, the school of the Revenue Cutter Service. The School of Instruction was established near New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1876 and used the USRC Dobbin for its exercises. Captain John Henriques served as superintendent from founding until 1883; the one civilian instructor was Professor Edwin Emery, who taught mathematics, English composition, physics, theoretical steam engineering, international law, revenue law, among other subjects. The School was a two-year apprenticeship, in essence, supplemented by minimal classroom work; the student body averaged five to ten cadets per class. With changes to new training vessels, the school moved to Curtis Bay, Maryland in 1900 and to Fort Trumbull in 1910, a Revolutionary War–era Army installation in New London, Connecticut.
In 1914, the school became the Revenue Cutter Academy, it became the Coast Guard Academy in 1915 with the merger of the Revenue Cutter Service and the Life Saving Service. Land was purchased in New London on 31 July 1930 for the construction of the Coast Guard Academy; the 40-acre site was made up of two parcels from the Allyn and Payne estates and was purchased for $100,000. The $100,000 was not raised through a bond issue, as planned, but with a bank loan based on uncollected back taxes; the contract was awarded to Murch Brothers Construction Company of St. Louis and ground was broken on January 1931 by Jean Hamlet, daughter of RADM Harry G. Hamlet, Academy Superintendent from 1928–1932. On 15 May 1931, Treasury Secretary Andrew W. Mellon visited New London to lay the cornerstone of Hamilton Hall. Construction proceeded on schedule and cadets moved in to the new buildings on 20 September 1932. In 1946, the academy received the barque Horst Wessel as a war reparation from Germany, a 295-foot tall ship, renamed the USCGC Eagle.
It remains the main training vessel for cadets at the academy as well as for officer candidates at the Coast Guard's Officer Candidate School, located on the grounds of the USCGA. The academy was racially integrated in 1962 at the request of President Kennedy; the academy began admitting women in 1976 at the request of Congress. Superintendent of the academy Vice Admiral Harry G. Hamlet composed the academy's mission statement in 1929. All entering cadets must memorize the statement during their first few days of Swab Summer, the indoctrination period for new cadets; the mission of the United States Coast Guard Academy is to graduate young men and women with sound bodies, stout hearts and alert minds, with a liking for the sea and its lore, with that high sense of Honor and Obedience which goes with trained initiative and leadership. Unlike the other service academies, admission to the USCGA does not require a congressional nomination; this is due to the fervent objections of Captain John A. Henriques, the first Superintendent of the Revenue Cutter School of Instruction.
His objection stemmed from years of poor political appointments in the U. S. Revenue Cutter Service's bureaucracy; the academy is cited as being one of the most difficult American institutions of higher education in which to gain entrance. Each year more than 2,000 students apply and appointments are offered until the number accepting appointments to the incoming class numbers reaches 400; those who have accepted appointments as cadets report to the USCGA in late June or early July for "Swab Summer", a basic military training program designed to prepare them for the rigors of their Fourth Class year. After four years of study and training 200 of those cadets will graduate. About 35 percent of cadets are women. All graduating cadets earn commissions as ensigns in the United States Coast Guard, as well as Bachelor of Science degrees. For that reason the academy maintains a core curriculum of science and professional development courses in addition to major-specific courses; each cadet takes two semesters of classes during the school year and spends the majority of the summer in military training to produce officers of character with the requisite professiona
The United States Navy & United States Coast Guard occupational rating of gunner's mate is a designation given by the Bureau of Naval Personnel to enlisted sailors who either satisfactorily complete initial Gunner's Mate "A" school training, or who "strike" for the rating by showing competence in the field of ordnance. When "striking" one isn't required to be a seaman, but must belong to one of three undesignated rates: Fireman, Seaman, or Airman, it is possible cross rate to Gunner's Mate. Cross rating refers to the act of an enlisted sailor "crossing" from their current rating to another rating of their choice, provided their ASVAB scores are high enough and there are open slots for the rate; the Gunner's Mate "A" school is held at Naval Training Center Great Lakes and Yorktown, VA for the USCG. In its early years, the school was hands-on, but it is now conducted through technical educational tools, such as self-study computer-based training. Training focuses on the operation and troubleshooting of naval guns, missile launchers and torpedoes as well as a strong emphasis on basic explosives and tracking systems, small arms, Naval ammunition classification, safety.
Upon completion of this basic training, enlisted members continue on to a specialized "C" school, where they learn a particular weapons system. A GM will specialize in a multitude of weapons varieties; as well as this, GMs care for and assist in operating shooting ranges and the storage and maintenance of arms. On February 26, 2007 the Chief of Naval Operations approved the merger of the gunner’s mate and torpedoman’s mate ratings into the GM rating; the move was made to leverage the strengths, knowledge and abilities found in the two ratings to meet current and future strategic mission needs. “The training sailors receive after basic training for their ratings on an apprentice level has been the same for both gunner's and torpedomen's mates,” said Senior Chief Torpedoman's Mate, Sherry Secrease of the Navy Personnel Command. “This makes the merger easier to accomplish.”The Gunner's Mate rating is surface warfare-based. Associated Naval occupational ratings are Fire Controlman, Aviation Ordnanceman, Missile Technician, Mineman.
The Gunner's Mate rating is one of the original ratings created as a result of the Naval Armament Act of 1794. The others include Boatswain's Mate, Master-at-Arms, Yeoman; the rating is among the top five source ratings for enlisted Naval Special Warfare candidates. GM from Navy Personnel Command: Bureau of Naval Personnel Enlisted Ratings and Jobs in the US Navy Navy Ratings and present Navy Speciality ratings & Emergency ratings CNRC Fact Sheet for the GM rating
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard is the senior enlisted member of the U. S. Coast Guard and the principal advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard on all enlisted personnel matters; the holder of this position is equivalent to the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sergeant Major of the Army, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and by protocol is equal to a vice admiral. The MCPOCG is appointed by the Commandant of the Coast Guard to serve as a spokesperson to address the issues of enlisted personnel to the highest levels in the Coast Guard; as such the MCPOCG is the senior enlisted advisor to the Commandant of the Coast Guard. The MCPOCG's exact duties vary, depending on the Commandant, though devotes much time traveling throughout the Coast Guard observing training and communicating with Coast Guardsmen and their families; the normal tour of assignment is four years, which runs concurrently with the Commandant of the Coast Guard.
The first member to hold this post was MCPOCG Charles L. Calhoun, the current MCPOCG is Jason M. Vanderhaden. Senior Enlisted Advisor for the National Guard Bureau Master Chief Petty Officers of the Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer's official website
United States Secretary of Homeland Security
The United States Secretary of Homeland Security is the head of the United States Department of Homeland Security, the body concerned with protecting the U. S. and the safety of U. S. citizens. The secretary is a member of the President's Cabinet; the position was created by the Homeland Security Act following the attacks of September 11, 2001. The new department consisted of components transferred from other cabinet departments because of their role in homeland security, such as the Coast Guard, the Federal Protective Service, U. S. Customs and Border Protection, U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Secret Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, it did not include either the Federal Bureau of the Central Intelligence Agency. Kevin McAleenan is the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, upon the resignation of Kirstjen Nielsen. Traditionally, the order of the presidential line of succession is determined by the order of the creation of the cabinet positions, the list as mandated under 3 U.
S. C. § 19 follows this tradition. On March 7, 2006, 43rd President George W. Bush signed H. R. 3199 as Pub. L. 109–177, which renewed the Patriot Act of 2001 and amended the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 to include the newly created Presidential Cabinet position of Secretary of Homeland Security in the line of succession after the authorized Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In the 109th Congress, legislation was introduced to place the Secretary of Homeland Security into the line of succession after the Attorney General but that bill expired at the end of the 109th Congress and was not re-introduced. Prior to the establishment of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, there existed an Assistant to the President for the Office of Homeland Security, created following the September 11 attacks in 2001. Parties Republican Democratic Independent Status Denotes Acting Homeland Security Secretary 1 James Loy served as acting secretary in his capacity as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security from February 1, 2005, to February 15, 2005.
2 Rand Beers served as acting secretary in his capacity as confirmed Undersecretary of Homeland Security for National Protection and Programs and Acting Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. 3 Elaine Duke served as acting secretary in her capacity as Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security from July 31, 2017, to December 6, 2017. 4 Kevin McAleenan serves as acting secretary in his capacity as Commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection upon his appointment by President Trump. As of April 2019, all six former Secretaries of Homeland Security are still living, as are all three former acting Secretaries of Homeland Security; the oldest being former acting Secretary James Loy. The order of succession for the Secretary of Homeland Security is as follows: Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Under Secretary of Homeland Security for National Protection and Programs Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Management Under Secretary, Office of Strategy and Plans Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Science and Technology General Counsel of the Department of Homeland Security Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Commissioner of U.
S. Customs and Border Protection Director of U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director of U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Chief Financial Officer Regional Administrator, Region V, Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Administrator, Region VI, Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Administrator, Region VII, Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Administrator, Region IX, Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Administrator, Region I, Federal Emergency Management Agency George W. Bush nominated Bernard Kerik for the position in 2004; however a week Kerik withdrew his nomination, explaining that he had employed an illegal immigrant as a nanny. By July 2013, Raymond Kelly had served as Commissioner of the New York City Police Department for nearly 12 straight years. Within days of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's announcement that she was resigning, Kelly was soon cited as an obvious potential successor by New York Senator Charles Schumer and others.
During a July 16, 2013, President Obama referred to the "bunch of strong candidates" for nomination to head the Department of Homeland Security, but singled out Kelly as "one of the best there is" and "very well qualified for the job". In July 2013, the online internet news website/magazine Huffington Post detailed "a growing campaign to quash the potential nomination of New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly as the next secretary of the Department of Homeland Security" amid claims of "divisive and ineffective policing that promotes stereotypes and profiling". Days after that article, Kelly penned a statistics-heavy Wall Street Journal opinion article defending the NYPD's programs, stating "the average number of stops we conduct is less than one per officer per week" and that this and other practices have led to "7,383 lives saved—and... they are the lives of young men of color."Kelly was featured because of his NYPD retirement and unusually long tenure there in a long segment on the CBS News program Sunday Morning in December 2013 raising the question of the cont
Deployable Operations Group
The Deployable Operations Group was a United States Coast Guard command that provided properly equipped and organized Deployable Specialized Forces to Coast Guard, DHS, DoD and inter-agency operational and tactical commanders. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, it was established on 20 July 2007, was commanded by a captain and was decommissioned by the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Robert Papp on 1 October 2013. Although many of the units existed long before the 2007 commissioning. Upon decommissioning, the units assigned to the DOG were split between Coast Guard Pacific and Atlantic Area commands. From 2007-2013, the DOG and DSF deployed throughout the world in support of national interests and requirements as tailored and integrated force packages; this included response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, in support of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, more deploying specialized counter piracy boarding teams to the Middle East to combat piracy operations. The DOG's purpose was to develop systems and processes for standardized training, organization and scheduling of deployable specialized forces to execute mission objectives in support of tactical and operational commanders.
The DOG was the Coast Guard's element of specialized forces, but is not a part of United States Special Operations Command because the Coast Guard does not operate under the Department of Defense. DOG units' missions include high-risk, high-profile tasks such as counter-terrorism, diving operations, intelligence-cued boardings, shipboard take-downs and threat assessments involving nuclear, biological, or chemical weapons The DOG had medics who were attached to medical teams operating within differing commands; these medics supported roles in Afghanistan and other areas with Navy and Department of Defense groups. The DOG managed Coast Guard personnel assigned to the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command, it was involved in the selection of Coast Guard candidates to attend United States Naval Special Warfare training and serve with Navy SEAL Teams. While the program is suspended there are still several Coast Guardsmen serving on SEAL Teams. DOG deployable specialized forces was composed of 3,000 Coast Guard personnel, including the following unit types: Port Security Units are deployable expeditionary force protection.
They can be abroad in support of various Department of Defense operations. Tactical Law Enforcement Teams provide specialized Law Enforcement Detachments to conduct counter-narcotics law enforcement and maritime interdiction operations from U. S. and allied naval vessels. There are two units, Tactical Law Enforcement Team South based in Opa-locka and the Pacific Area Tactical Law Enforcement Team based in San Diego, California. Maritime Safety and Security Teams are Anti-terrorism units created under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001; the eleven MSSTs provide waterborne anti-terrorism and shoreside Anti-terrorism, force protection for strategic shipping, high interest vessels, critical infrastructure. MSSTs are a quick response force capable of rapid worldwide deployment via air, ground or sea transportation in response to changing threat conditions and evolving Maritime Homeland Security mission requirements. Multi-mission capability facilitates augmentation for other selected Coast Guard missions.
Other federal agencies that MSST's train with are U. S. Navy VBSS Teams, FBI, their local SWAT Teams. MSST special capabilities include: Waterside Security Maritime Law Enforcement K9 explosive detection teams The MSRT is the only unit within the Coast Guard that has counterterrorism capabilities to conduct action against hostile targets; the MSRT is trained to be the first responder to potential terrorist threats, deny preemptive terrorist actions, execute security actions against armed hostiles and/or non-compliant threats, execute tactical facility entry, participate in port level counterterrorism exercises, educate other forces on Coast Guard counterterrorism procedures. Although the MSRT's focus is on the safety and security of homeland defense, it is capable of deploying worldwide in response to incidents. Other specialized units and federal agencies that MSRT train with are U. S. Navy SEAL teams, U. S. Navy HSC Squadrons, Navy EOD, Special Mission Units, the U. S. Secret Service, FBI, U.
S. Border Patrol's BORTAC, US Customs and Border Protection SRT, their motto, as seen on their unit patch, is "Nox Noctis est Nostri", which translates to "The Night is Ours". MSRT Special Capabilities include: Counterterrorism Direct Action Advanced Interdiction Hostage Rescue/Personnel Recovery Small Unit Tactics Counter Assault Tactical Maritime Law Enforcement Medium to High risk boardings Airborne Use of Force K9 explosive detection teams CBRNEElements of the MSRT's primary assault force are known as a Direct Action Section. Members of a DAS may include a Team Leader, Comms/JTAC's, Medics, Precision Marksmen, Observation members, team members trained to identify Chemical Biological Nuclear Radiological threats; these assault force teams train extensively in advanced close quarters combat and advanced combat marksmanship. They are well equipped to and surreptitiously board suspicious vessels, secure gas and oil platforms or secure land based targets by fast-roping from helicopters or using other undisclosed methods to neutralize enemy personnel.
The Tactical Delivery Team, boat assault force, are trained in advanced vessel d