Thursday, July 19, 2018

Semper Paratus: Always Ready: The United States Coast Guard

United States Coast Guard Emblem
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By Alanna Radle Rodriguez and Judge Rodriguez

Hello Friends!

Thank you for joining us in our last article covering the history and the influence of the US Armed Forces on this great state of ours, Oklahoma. This month we cover the final branch of the United States Military, the US Coast Guard. We have to admit, however, that the amount of information for the historical, and in particular political influence that the United States Coast Guard has played on this state is, sadly, bare. But don’t let that fool you. Did you know that Oklahoma has more coast line than the east coast of the United States?

First allow us to say: we wish to pay our respects to the brave men and women of our military, and let them know our thoughts and prayers are with them, particularly those currently on deployment outside our country and away from their families.

In 1919, the Coast Guard Institute was created in Oklahoma City. It was patterned after the Oklahoma Military Institute. Originally, it was open only to citizens of the state of Oklahoma, but later it was opened for all citizens to apply. The Coast Guard Institute became the foundation of many of the troops that served in Both World Wars. For the last 99 years, the Coast Guard Institute has continued to provide well-trained, and professional members of the US Coast Guard, and of the other branches as well.

U.S. Coast Guard Institute Oklahoma City seal

Since 1994, the Coast Guard has maintained The National Container Inspection Program, as part of the Container Inspection Training and Assistance Team (CITAT). . They assist with being providing training and standardization of the inspection protocols for new container inspectors. The Coast Guard’s CITAT is located with the Department of Transportation’s Safety Institute at the Mike Monroney Aerontical Center in Southern Oklahoma City.

In addition to assisting with the training of inspectors, the US Coast Guard in conjunction with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and United States Drug Enforcement Association, helps patrol the waterways and lakes in this state.

While, as expected of a land-locked state, the enlistment numbers for the US Coast Guard are not as grand as that of say the US Army, we still maintain a compliment of trainers and enlisted personnel in this state. In comparison to the more than 12,000 active-duty Army enlisted, we maintain less than 100 for the US Coast Guard, including reservists.

We thank you for joining us as over the last months as we have explored the history, and influence that the different branches of the US military have had on this great state that we call home. We also wish to once again thank all of our brave men and women of our military for their service, and time in uniform. And to the families.

We hope you will join us next month as we begin a new series: The Brown and Tan: The Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Born and raised in Edmond, Oklahoma, Alanna Radle Rodriguez is the great-great granddaughter of one of the first pioneers to settle in Indian Territory. Alanna loves the history of the state and relishes in volunteering at the 1889 Territorial Schoolhouse in Edmond. Her first published story, part of a collaborative novella titled Legacy Letters, came out September 2016. Alanna lives with her husband and parents in the Edmond area. She is currently working on a historical fiction series that takes place in pre-statehood Waterloo, Oklahoma.


  1. This has been great to read. I had to scratch my head over the line that Oklahoma has more coastline than the Eastern coast of the U.S., but then you mentioned all the lakes and rivers so I am assuming that that is what you meant! Thanks for your attention to the military brances of your state. It would be fun if everyone did this for their own states.

    1. You are correct, Connie! Thanks to rivers and lakes, we do have more coastline. Did you know that every lake in Oklahoma was man-made?

      That would be fun to see how the military branches shaped the history of other states! Okay, other bloggers. You've been challenged! Go! :D

      Come back next time, Connie!