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My personal favorite life vest for pups is the MTI Adventure Wear – Underdog!     Share

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The crew at USCG Station Cape Disappoint work in a place where heavy seas and surf aren’t just possible, they are damned likely. The station’s back yard is the Columbia Bar – one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world. What does the station like to do when the roughest of the […]

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I still remember the first time Sean Lawler called me up to tell me about this guy – Bill Bruns – who decided he was going to run the Keys 100 (in Key West, FL) in remembrance of Coast Guard members who’d fallen in the line of duty. To put it bluntly I thought it […]

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There is a value to pushing the limits and expectations on students that has been lost because the training community failed to define the value inherent in these methods. In not applying a performance objective to fear and stress, many programs (including basic training and others) gave up a piece of what mattered most. Drawing […]

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Deadliest Catch?

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by Mario on August 23, 2012

in Boating Safety,Coast Guard,SAR,Survival

This is a post where I feel compelled to put the disclaimer right up front:  The views and opinions expressed by the author are not necessarily those of the Department of Homeland Security or the United States Coast Guard. (There – now that we’ve got that out of the way….) Alright gang, I’ve officially had […]

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Inspired vs. Required

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by Mario on December 19, 2011

in Business,Coast Guard,Leadership,Military

A traveler saw two men cutting stone from a mountain and placing the blocks on carts. He asked them, “What are you doing?” One said, “Can’t you see? We’re cutting stones from this mountain.” The other man gave the traveler an understanding look and said, ….”We’re building a church.” (for non-USCG readers, sorry for the […]

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Mea Culpa – Repost

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by Mario on December 7, 2011

in Business,Coast Guard,Leadership,Opinion

(Well – that took a little longer than I thought it should (3 years?) but Blagojevich finally found out he did something wrong.  A few years ago, the incredulous way he said “I did nothing wrong”  compelled me to write a few words on blame.  I’m re-posting now in honor of …accountability.)   After years […]

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She’ll Save You

by Mario on March 17, 2011

in Coast Guard,Military,SAR

My friend, Sara Faulkner, is one of only four women currently serving as helicopter rescue swimmers in the U.S. Coast Guard. Here she is being interviewed after a rescue she was involved in late last year. Video 1 Video 2 Share

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