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December 4, 2012

Chief Boatswain’s Mate Terrell Horne

Filed under: Border Security,Port and Maritime Security — by Christopher Bellavita on December 4, 2012

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“Chief Boatswain’s Mate Terrell Horne, the Executive Petty Officer of CGC HALIBUT, … died early [Sunday] morning from injuries sustained while conducting maritime law enforcement operations off the California coast.”

“BMC Horne and his fellow crew members of the USCG Cutter Halibut were engaged in an at-sea [counter-drug] interdiction when they came under threat by a small vessel that rammed their small boat. This tragedy reminds us of the dangers our men and women in uniform face every day, and the great risks they willingly take, as they protect our nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of BMC Horne and all of our Coast Guard personnel at this difficult time.”

Two men were apprehended and charged with killing an officer of the United States engaged in his official duties.

Chief Boatswain s Mate Terrell Horne

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Comment by William R. Cumming

December 4, 2012 @ 1:50 am

Too many too many programs, functions, and activities for current funding and staffing levels. My recommendation, double staffing and funding. Where to get the money? Let the USGC benefit directly from all seizures and profits of illegal they enforce and regulate and not have it go into General Revenues.

Comment by JComiskey

December 4, 2012 @ 3:58 pm

So that others may live: http://www.amazon.com/So-Others-May-Live-Swimmers/dp/B002WTCAEG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1354654567&sr=8-1&keywords=so+that+others+may+live

BMC Terrell Horne


ISCS (ret.) John G. Comiskey

Comment by CDR Benjamin Berg, USCG

December 5, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

Thanks for posting/sharing this Chris. As someone that has conducted that very same mission, on countless dark nights, I am VERY surprised there aren’t many similar responses to our enforcement actions. I am sure boarding officers, boarding teams and small boat crews will be thinking about this situation for years when approaching unlit vessels at sea.

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