Detroit-area Coast Guard units host latest ‘DHS for a Day’ event

DETROIT - Chief Petty Officer Jay Field, executive petty officer of Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, discusses the capabilities of the station's response boats as part of a DHS for a Day program event held at the station here Oct. 12, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kyle N. Niemi

Dozens of Detroit-area Coast Guardsmen contributed their local knowledge and experience to stakeholders from the trade, manufacturing and education communities as part of a DHS for a Day program event, Oct. 12, 2011.

The DHS for a Day program is designed to increase public-private collaboration and enable effective two-way communications between the Department of Homeland Security and the private sector.  The quarterly events are hosted by DHS Assistant Secretary Douglas Smith, assistant secretary for the private sector.  Smith’s guest was Rear Adm. Fred Midgette, military advisor to the secretary of homeland security.

The nearly two dozen participants included company vice presidents, presidents, executive directors and CEOs, as well as managers of physical security and site security managers at manufacturing facilities.  In addition, nearby colleges and universities were represented by professors who attended.

Following lunch at Coast Guard Station Belle Isle, in Detroit, the participants were given a presentation on the missions, challenges and accomplishments of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement by Special Agent Donald Buechner, followed by a briefing about Coast Guard Sector Detroit, by Capt. Jeff Ogden, sector commander.

The participants were then taken on a tour of Station Belle Isle, which allowed them to see a traditional crew berthing area, the radio room and the engineering spaces.  They were then taken to the station’s boathouse, where they were able to look inside the station’s airboat, 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and 25-foot Response Boat-Small.

Once they completed their tour of Station Belle Isle, the participants traveled to Sector Detroit, where they watched helicopter hoist demonstrations in the Detroit River by an HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit.

They were then given tours of the Sector Detroit Command Center by command center supervisor Lt. Justin Westmiller and the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay by Lt. Cmdr. Matthew ten Berge, the cutter’s commanding officer.


DETROIT - Through rain-covered windows at Coast Guard Sector Detroit, participants in a DHS for a Day program event witness a Coast Guard helicopter rescue demonstration taking place in the Detroit River Oct. 21, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Kyle N. Niemi