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Trisha Carroll

I had the honor of being one of the first women to go to a law enforcement team in the Coast Guard. When I put in for a transfer to San Diego, I received a call about this once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to go to Tactical Law Enforcement. The tactical law enforcement teams were the last units to be integrated with males and females in the Coast Guard. In law enforcement, we always wear protective armor and we always carry weapons as we never know what we are going to face any time we do a boarding of another vessel.

I did five years of active duty and when I got out, I chose to become a Coast Guard Reservist. I happened to leave at the end of September in 2001, so I was called back to active duty after the attacks. It was a good opportunity to do something after the attacks of 9/11 and I felt like I served my part.

Right now, I am in charge of the overall vessel while we are out on the water and that includes making sure that the missions are complete and that all the people on-board are safe and secure. We do a lot of escorts for military and civilian vessels due to the fact that there are a lot of people onboard ships, and certain Navy vessels are considered higher risk. Homeland Security to me means that the Coast Guard is using all of its assets to make sure that our ports and waterways are secure from intrusion.

Prior to the Coast Guard, I was working at a suburban Michigan credit union. When I go home once or twice a year to visit my family, they love to hear new stories about the interesting things that I do. What I’ve enjoyed most in my work is wearing different hats. I can be sitting at a desk one minute and hear an alarm and run out to the boat to go save somebody’s life, or fight a fire, or save a boat that is sinking. And then come back and finish my paperwork, go home, and think to myself that it’s all in a day’s work.

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