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U.S. Coast Guard Celebrates 218 Year Anniversary

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS080813-16
Release Date: 8/13/2008 4:42:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jayme Pastoric, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Public Affairs

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (NNS) -- The U.S. Coast Guard celebrated their 218-year anniversary Aug. 4.

Members of Joint Task Force Guantanamo's Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 ran a 5 kilometer foot race to celebrate.

"The Coast Guard plays a huge role in patrolling Gitmo's (Guantanamo) waters," said co-winner of the women's division Jennifer Seese. "Not only does it provide protection to Gitmo's shores and the Caribbean, but also it provides assistance at any time."

Overall winner, Navy Seaman Nathan Brassmassery finished with a time of 12 minutes, 18 seconds.

"It's nice to see everyone come out to support the Coast Guard for this race," said Brassmassery.

Established by Alexander Hamilton under the Department of the Treasury, Aug. 4, 1790, the U.S. Coast Guard's original mission was to collect taxes. When the Coast Guard was at sea, they were told to crack down on piracy and rescue anyone in distress.

Currently, the Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland Security and patrols and maintains the last line of defense on our nation's coastal waters. The Coast Guard upholds maritime law and specializes in search and rescue.

For more news from Joint Task Force Guantanamo, visit www.navy.mil/local/jtfgtmo/.



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