>Just another day for an OS

>My name is Tiffany Nicole Pash from Tucson Arizona. I am an Operations Specialist First Class aboard the USCGC Munro. I have been in the Coast Guard for nine years and on the Munro for four months.

An average day for an OS aboard the Munro includes eight hours of watch on top of a normal work-day. During our watches we keep an eye on the radar, tracking surface and air contacts, monitor message traffic and gather intelligence that pertains to the various missions and operations that the Munro may be participating in during a patrol.

OS’ also maintain and operate communications circuits, ensuring that communications is kept open between the Munro and its assets, like the small boats, Boarding Teams and Helicopters, as well as District-17 Headquarters and other Coast Guard assets.
During Special Sea operations, when we are pulling into and out of ports, we plot our position and take bearing ranges to the nearest points of land. We track possible navigation hazards like buoys, vessel traffic and shoal waters and we take fixes every two minutes to ensure that we are staying within our lane of traffic.

A lot of the work we do, and the equipment we work with is classified, and a large part of our job is maintaining Operational Security. This makes it difficult to describe everything we do in detail, but everything we do is vital to the Munro’s missions during every patrol.
We provide the command with the information they need to plan vital and effective operations in support of the Munro’s mission while on patrol. Our job is vital to ensuring the Munro stays on target and effectively executes its missions.

I believe that our job is very important and I work hard to do the best that I can. I encourage the people in my shop to work hard and do their best as well, because without us the ship would not have a clear idea its mission or how to execute it.