Coast Guard

Expecting the Unexpected

Freezing and alone, three-hundred miles at sea in the dark, rescue swimmer Mike Odom lashes his arms to his life raft. He knows he’ll be dead soon and wants us to find his body – If he gets thrown out again we’ll never find him. The three sailors that he put in the back of […]

Coast Guard Helicopter Rescue Swimmer School – MSNBC Report

By MarioJune 16, 2013 Coast Guard, Military, SAR

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Dogs and Boating – The USCG Has Some Tips

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

Cape Disappointment – Training Ground for Really Bad Days

By MarioApril 29, 2013 Boating Safety, Coast Guard, SAR

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 […]

Redefining Limits: The Hidden Value of Hard

By MarioSeptember 27, 2012 Coast Guard, Leadership, Learning, Speeches

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 […]

Deadliest Catch?

Alright gang, I’ve officially had enough. While at work, a friend sent a link to a recent NPR article about how deadly commercial fishing is and where the deadliest fishing grounds really are (hint: it’s not Alaska.)   Journalist Curt Nickish pit two very different ideas in opposition using two local fishing captains as champions […]

Inspired vs. Required

By MarioDecember 19, 2011 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 […]

Mea Culpa – Repost

(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 […]