The Java Jews, an Iowa-based Klezmer band, will perform a free concert at the Moline Public Library on Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m.  Music lovers of all ages will not want to miss this "highly caffeinated" performance from this seven piece ensemble. No registration is required.  This performance is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities.  For more information, visit the Moline Public Library at 3210 41st Street, Moline or call 309-524-2470.

A staple in Iowa coffee shops and jazz festivals, the Java Jews perform their energetic version of Klezmer, the traditional Jewish music of Eastern Europe.  In addition, the band performs Klezmer interpretations of Miles Davis, standards, and Israeli pop.

The Java Jews performance is presented in conjunction with the traveling exhibit In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak, on display December 28th, 2011 through February 24th, 2012.  In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak was organized by the Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, and developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.


Make a New Year's resolution to maximize your child's potential!

Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only private, independent college-prep school for students in preschool through grade 12.  Join us for an event in January to explore what Rivermont Collegiate is all about - all events are casual and no appointment is needed.

Did you know...

  • 100% of Rivermont graduates are accepted to 4-year colleges and universities
  • Over 90% of Rivermont graduates earn renewable college merit scholarships
  • Rivermont grades 2-8 ITBS composite scores rank in the 99th percentile
  • Rivermont features a 9:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Over 30% of Rivermont students qualify for some form of tuition assistance


Open Tours - Tuesday, January 3rd - 8:30-10:00 a.m.


Open House Coffee - Saturday, January 21st - 8:30-11:00 a.m.


Open House - Thursday, January 26th - 6:00-8:00 p.m.



Look this month for the  Davenport Parks and Recreation Winter Session to begin January 9th as well as 2012 Davenport Summer Kids Passes ($50.00) that are now on sale.  Please check our website for all classes, all school out days, workshops on performing arts, sports leagues, life-long learning enrichment, Japanese, crafts, arts, tumbling, martial arts, adaptive and inclusive programs and more!  For all events go online to register or call 328-PARK (7275) for more information.


  • Join us for Bald Eagle Days at the Quad City Expo Center: January 6-8th, Friday- 4pm-8pm, Saturday - 10am-8pm, Sunday - 10am-5pm. 

  • Junior Theatre Special Workshop: Friday, January 6th "Red Nose Clown" 5:30pm-8:30pm, for ages 10-18. $20.00 for the workshop.
  • WINTER CELEBRATION at CENTENNIAL PARK and The River's Edge: January 8th 2pm-4pm.  Chills and thrills are what you will find at this fun filled family event.  Put on your coats and mittens and come join us for some inside/outside winter fun.  We will have snow sports (weather permitting), hot chocolate, and activities for kids.  Outdoors at Centennial Park will be winter trucks displays, snowshoeing, disc golf baskets, eagle watching and Snowstar information.  Inside at The River's Edge will be face painting, snowflake making, photos, arts and crafts and Silver Skates (registration and fee required).
  • January 9th-WINTER SESSION CLASSES BEGIN! Please go online to see all the classes and programs offered.  Over 500 classes to choose from!  Classes range from wellness to performing arts, lifelong learning to sports leagues.  We have something for all ages and abilities! 
  • Indoor Park-for Preschoolers and Toddlers at The River's Edge.  Monday-Thursday 9am-11am.  Drop in fee of $5.00/day or $40.00 for 10 punches, $60.00 unlimited.  Must have parent with child/children at all times.  Space is available for your little one to come run around, play with jump ropes, hula hoops, parachutes, slides and more.  When you're getting stir crazy inside your house-come let your little ones have indoor recess!
  • Lifelong Learning Clinic: Children and the Internet:  January 25th, fee $10.00, 6:30pm-8pm at Kimberly Center Library.  Register online. 
  • February Reminders:
    • Wendy's CHILI GOLF OPEN-Saturday, February 4th Tee times 8am-1:30pm.  Fee $15.00 per golfer or $60.00 for a team.  Located at Credit Island.  Come play some winter golf, and warm up with delicious Wendy's Chili.  Concessions with beverages available all day.  Canned food taken for the food pantry.  
    • Daddy Daughter Dance - Sunday, February 19th, 5:30pm-8:00pm at the River Center Mississippi Ballroom.  This event fills very fast.  You must preregister-no registrations taken at door.  Please go online or call 328-PARK (7275).  Cost: $40.00 per couple, $20.00 for each additional daughter.



RIVER'S EDGE- Located at 700 W. River Drive (Across from Modern Woodmen Park)

  • Public Skating:  Visit website for current schedule for all public skate sessions -  

  • Learn To Skate:  Ice skating is a fun and enjoyable recreational activity for people of all ages!  Learn how to skate through the US Figure Skating Association's "Learn To Skate" program at The River's Edge.   Classes meet for 7 weeks. Each session runs for 45 minutes. 
    • Open House, learn all about the program and meet the instructors.  Date:  Thursday, December 29th from 6:00pm - 7:00pm at The River's Edge.
    • Winter Session:  January 5 - February 18, 2012
    • Early Spring Session:  February 23 - April 21, 2012
      (No class the weeks of March 11 and April 1.) 
      • Days/Times: Thursdays from 5:15pm - 6:00pm or 6:00pm - 6:45pm Saturdays from 8:00am - 8:45am or 8:45am - 9:30am
      • Fee:  $92/person (includes annual US Figure Skating Association membership)
      • Skates are provided.
  • First Shot:  Next session begins January 5th Learn to play hockey for adults! Ten - 1 hour long classes Thursdays at 9:30pm.  $170/player. 
  • Adult C/D Hockey League:  Winter session begins January 8th.  Adult league for "C" and "D" level players.  Sunday Nights at the River's Edge.  $200/player, $150 for goalies. Individual or team registrations welcome.
  • Winter Celebration- FREE!:  Date: January 8th from 2pm-4pm.  Chill's and thrills are what you will find at Centennial Park and Rivers Edge!  Admission: Free*, Events at River's Edge include : Silver Skates (*Fee and Preregistration required), Face Painting, Snowflake Princess Photos, and Arts and Crafts.
  • Jamm'in At The Edge! - Especially For Teens!   Date: January 21st from 9pm- 11pm 
    Come on out and skate while you enjoy live local bands and DJ's. All ages welcome!  Admission:  $10/Person, $3/Skate Rental


indoor golf



Visit for all the latest features and specials at Davenport Golf Courses.

  • Indoor Golf Practice Range, NOW OPEN at The Rivers' Edge, 700 West River Drive. Call 328-PARK (7275) or click for daily schedule and availability.  
  • Golf Gift Certificates - The perfect gift for the golf enthusiast in your family!  Purchase at any Davenport public golf course or at the River's Edge.  Available in any denomination in multiples of $5.
  • Duck Creek Golf Course will remain OPEN as weather permits through the winter season. Call proshop 326-7824 for daily conditions.
  • Red Hawk Lodge - This clubhouse gathering and meeting space is now available for rental for your holiday parties!.  Call 563-328-PARK (7275) for availability and prices.

Call Your Davenport Golf Professional for Fall/Winter specials on merchandise an apparel. Ron Thrapp (Emeis Golf) 326-7825, Matt Hasley (Duck Creek Golf) 326-7824.

What: Rivermont Collegiate Young Scholars Program

When: First Thursday of each month, 9:00-10:00 a.m. - first Young Scholars is Thursday, January 5th!

Who: Local children ages 2-4 (and an accompanying adult)

Where: Rivermont Collegiate - 1821 Sunset Drive, Bettendorf, IA 52722

Contact: Brittany Marietta, Director of Admission - (563) 359-1366 ext. 302 or marietta@rvmt.og

Join the current Rivermont PreSchool class for crafts, stories, and new friends!  Children ages 2-4 and an accompanying adult are invited to participate in any (or all) of Rivermont's Young Scholars days.  Young Scholars meets the first Thursday of every month, beginning in January, from 9:00-10:00 a.m. in Becherer Hall on the Rivermont campus.  Young Scholars is free and open to the community!  Don't miss this fantastic opportunity for your child to socialize, enjoy a story, and learn a craft!

Young Scholars is a fantastic opportunity to visit campus and casually explore Early School at Rivermont.  Rivermont Collegiate is the Quad Cities' only private, independent college-prep school for students in preschool through grade 12, where small class sizes ensure personalized attention for each student.  Our diverse student body comes from throughout the Quad City area.  Join us and explore Rivermont!


New Year's Eve arrives on Saturday this year and we have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the holiday downtown!  River Music Experience is hosting two fantastic NYE shows featuring Family Groove Company and Ghost Science. Support local youth during the upcoming Winter Blues Concert and participate in the Community Drum Circle, too.

Celebrate in style and reserve your spot at the NYE Gold Room Party at Hotel Blackhawk!  Guests will enjoy dinner with wine service, a hosted bar, live entertainment by the Josh Duffee Orchestra and more.  The Radisson is also taking reservations for a special Brady Street Chop House NYE Dinner.  Yum!

Matt Matt Walch will be singing big band standards during Rhythm City Casino's NYE party, and Jordan Danielsen will be performing free live music, as well.  Don't miss the casino's midnight martini toast and your chance to win cash during the Boys Are Back promotion while you're there. 

Blackhawk Bowl & Martini Lounge and Brady Street Pub will both feUFCature live DJ's on NYE.  Are you a UFC fan?  Stop in Brady Street Pub on Friday to watch the big UFC 141 fight  featuring Brock Lesner live on TV!

driving range Do you love golf but hate winter?  Keep your game sharp all season long by using the new indoor driving range at River's Edge!  Don't forget the Freight House Farmers Market is open indoors throughout the winter too on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Mac's Tavern justmac's launched a delicious new menu featuring bangers & mash, Irish stew, mac & cheese, and more! Stop by for dinner this week and give it a try.  We're getting hungry just thinking about it. 

All of our bars and pubs will be hosting New Year's Eve parties of some kind, so look no further than downtown to celebrate the holiday.  If you're seeking a place to stay, book a room at the Radisson Quad City Plaza or Hotel Blackhawk while they last.

We'll see you downtown, and have a safe and happy holiday!

January is National Blood Donor Month and above all other times of the year, it is the month that presents the most challenges for blood collection. Changing weather, busy holiday schedules, increased cold and flu symptoms and even the winter blues can keep the most dedicated blood donors from making or keeping an appointment to give.

This January is no exception with the local Red Cross in need of blood donations. First-time and regular donors are encouraged to make a difference in their communities by scheduling an appointment to give blood every January, and regularly thereafter. Remember, just one pint of blood can help save multiple lives.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

About the American Red Cross

Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.


Blood Donation Opportunities


1/23/2012, 2:30 pm- 6:30 pm, Northeast Elementary School, 1450 370th Avenue, Goose Lake

1/26/2012, 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm, United Methodist Church, 621 South 3rd Street, Clinton



1/17/2012, 1:00 pm- 6:00 pm, First United Methodist Church, 214 N. W. Second Ave, Galva

1/25/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, First Christian Church, 105 Dwight St., Kewanee



1/17/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, VFW Hall, 106 SW 3rd Ave., Aledo

1/24/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Mercer County Hospital, 409 North West 9th Avenue, Aledo



1/17/2012, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

1/17/2012, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm, United Methodist Church, 200 West Lincolnway, Morrison

1/18/2012, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

1/24/2012, 1:00 pm- 5:15 pm, Old Fulton Fire Station, 912 4th Street, Fulton

1/25/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls

1/27/2012, 10:00 am- 2:00 pm, Halo Branded Solutions, 1980 Industrial Drive, Sterling

1/28/2012, 6:00 am-12:00 pm, CGH Main Clinic, 101 E. Miller Road, Sterling

1/28/2012, 7:00 am-11:00 am, Rock Falls Blood Donation Center, 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls













NEW YORK, Dec. 29, 2011 /Christian Newswire/ -- Odyssey Networks kicks off its 2012 election coverage today with "Run-Up to Iowa" -- a look at the faith-based factors in the upcoming Iowa caucus. Watch the video at

On Jan. 3rd, Republican voters in Iowa will caucus to choose their preferred candidate to challenge Barack Obama for the presidency. In a state where an estimated 60 percent of the GOP identify as evangelicals, candidates have been heavily courting the state's pastors and Christian power brokers in an effort to find favor with this crucial voting bloc.

"Winning and coalescing the evangelical vote is paramount if you want to win the Iowa Caucus," said Bob Vander Plaats, President of Family Leader, an organization in Des Moines. However, at this point one candidate has not emerged as representing evangelical issues over and above the others: "They're all pretty good candidates on our issues," he says. The sanctity of human life, God's design for the family and traditional marriage between one man and one woman are issues Vander Plaats cites as priorities.

The Rev. Jeff Mullen, Lead Pastor of Point of Grace Church in Waukee, IA says evangelicals are divided between the pragmatic and idealistic: those who are most concerned about which candidate could defeat Barack Obama, and those who are committed to voting based on their core values, no matter what.

Randall Balmer, Professor of American Religious History at Barnard College and Columbia University, puts the run-up to the Iowa caucus in perspective, framing the possibilities in terms of economic, social, political and religious issues that are playing out in the Republican campaigns, even before the first "official" event of the presidential primaries. Hear different viewpoints on the caucus and learn about how it works at

The Coast Guard was cited by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management as a government-wide leader in diversity and inclusion best practices during 2011. That designation was earned through the hard work of the men and women in the Coast Guard's Office of Diversity.

"I'm very proud of the work we've done," said diversity outreach manager Donna Walker-Ross, a Coast Guard civilian employee. "One of our best practices is the Diversity Outreach Board.  We used the board as a team to evaluate programs and events and to align initiatives while promoting the commandant's diversity strategy.  Then, we developed and carried out a national strategy that has increased the Coast Guard's presence in communities and organizations."

The Office of Diversity developed the Coast Guard's Diversity Strategic Plan with five goals: To assure a diverse workforce through all-hands commitment with leadership accountability; fully utilize communication and focus groups to improve the workforce cultural climate; expand outreach to achieve access opportunity for underrepresented populations; ensure equitable hiring and career opportunity for all employees; and optimize training and education to enhance diversity management and leadership skill sets. Achievement of these goals is what has led to the success of the program.

The commitment with leadership accountability resulted in 42 flag officers and senior executive service members participating in national outreach events as attendees or speakers. That effort is in line with Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp's guiding principle of "Respect our shipmates," which holds leaders at all levels accountable to keeping a workplace climate of equity. That principle also fosters an environment where every individual has the opportunity to prosper and advance their careers.

The Office of Diversity staff also took an active role to improve the workforce cultural climate.  Among their efforts was participation in 165 national outreach events in 2011 to communicate the commandant's diversity message to all levels in the Coast Guard; establishment of a Coast Guard-wide Asian-American mentoring network; and expansion of the use of audience response technology throughout the Coast Guard to enhance the effectiveness of its diversity training.

Expanding outreach to underrepresented populations increased significantly in 2011.  For example, the Coast Guard had worked for several years building relationships with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the Society of American Indian Government Employees to reach out to tribal colleges and universities. This year, those efforts culminated with the Coast Guard  being listed as one of the top achievers among the Department of Homeland Security component agencies in support of Native American initiatives in the Annual Performance Report on Executive Agency Actions to Assist Tribal Colleges and Universities.

An effective management tool for the Coast Guard's Office of Diversity is the Executive Outreach Management System, a database that collects and organizes information about outreach efforts. This database allows easy access to information on what outreach has been conducted, what is scheduled and what comments were received at events.  Review of the data prevents duplicative efforts and provides background information for new board members to study. It can produce several different reports on events, outreach personnel and results of event participation, allowing the Diversity Office personnel to more efficiently manage the time and effort put into their programs.  It also helps compile the best practices inclusion reports, which describe what a federal agency did each year for diversity improvement.

The Coast Guard worked to provide professional development tools and mentoring as a means to retain a highly-skilled and diverse workforce and to ensure equitable hiring and career opportunities for all employees. Adapting to the digital information environment and the technology used by "digital natives," the Coast Guard Academy established an online mentoring forum for cadets where they interact with senior, active-duty members. Initiatives for civilian employees include a modular, Web-based mentoring program in the Learning Management System.  An afloat working group was established for sea-going service members to identify and address diversity issues specific to the afloat community.

Every new Coast Guard employee received the Coast Guard's updated diversity and inclusion briefing at the new employee and leadership development program orientations to underscore the value of workforce diversity and the benefits of inclusion, equity and respect for all personnel, their talents, experiences and abilities.  The Coast Guard also successfully conducted diversity and inclusion training at six major leadership forums.  This training, which underscores the value of workforce diversity, provided senior leadership with the tools necessary to carry out the Commandant's Diversity Strategic Plan.

The Coast Guard, the U.S. Department of Defense and other service branches partner with affinity groups and organizations annually to host national civil rights award ceremonies recognizing active-duty and civilian personnel for their accomplishments in civil/human rights, race relations, equal opportunity and affirmative action.

This year's Coast Guard award recipients were nominated for their work in assisting the Coast Guard workforce, community involvement, contributions to public service, overcoming discrimination, supporting civil rights for all Americans and promoting a positive understanding of the armed forces among all members of the U.S. military and civilian population.

The awards are listed in the order of their presentation throughout 2011:

  • National Image, Inc., Meritorious Service Award:  Lt. Yamaris Barril, 9th Coast Guard District, Cleveland, Ohio, and Jose Velazques of the Coast Guard Personnel Service Command, U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
  • Federal Asian Pacific American Council Meritorious Service Award:  Lt. Charlene Forgue, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Conn., and Lt. Andrew Taylor, 17th Coast Guard District, Juneau, Alaska.
  • Society of American Indian Government Employees Meritorious Service Award:  Petty Officer 2nd Class Franklin Pine, Marine Safety Laboratory, New London, Conn.
  • Civil Rights Service Provider of the Year Award:  Lt. Gregory Spruill of Pacific Area Command, Alameda, Calif.
  • Federally Employed Women Military Meritorious Award:  Chief Warrant Officer Eneida Bull, Sector Miami, Fla.
  • National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Roy Wilkins Renown Service Award: 
    Lt. Deon Scott of Sector San Francisco, Calif.
  • Blacks In Government Meritorious Service Award:  Curtis Odom, Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C., and Lt. j.g. Michael Johnson of Air Station Savannah, Ga.
  • National Organization for Mexican American Rights Meritorious Service Award:  Gloria Potocek, Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C., and Chief Petty Officer Carlos Gonzalez of Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach, Calif.
  • Latina Symposium Distinguished Service Award: Lt. Cmdr. Angelina Hidalgo of Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach, Calif., and Nadine Santiago of Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

LeClaire, IA, December 29, 2011 - Midwest Living Magazine is bringing another round of national press to Mississippi River Distilling Company in LeClaire.

The publication lists the distillery as one of the "Top 25 Places to Stay, Eat and Play" in their January/February 2012 issue.  Midwest Living showcases travel, food and culture in Midwest states of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.  The article can be found on page 55 of the magazine or on their website

Writers for the magazine joined a public tour of the distillery over the summer.  "They didn't tell us who they were until after the tour," said owner/distiller Ryan Burchett.  "But at the end of the tour, they were really excited.  Once they told us who they were, so were we!"

The article describes the distillery as a "sophisticated yet earthy craft distillery near the Quad Cities" and encourages readers to visit the distillery for a free public tour and "prepare to cheer for the two brothers who started it all in December 2010."

The distillery was one of two attractions in the Quad Cities to be recognized as Hotel Blackhawk is also on the 2012 list. 

The national press attention has been growing for the little distillery as featured the distillery last week.  Owner and distiller Garrett Burchett says it's exciting to see the region gaining steam as a tourist destination.  "It's an honor to be included among some of the best tourist destinations in the region.  We feel like we're just one part of a larger attraction that is LeClaire and the Quad Cities as a whole.  It's great that people across the country are starting to take notice."

Mississippi River Distilling Company is open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and from 12 to 5 PM Sundays.  Free tours are offered to the public daily on the hour from 12 to 4 PM or by appointment.  The tour takes visitors through the entire distilling process.  Tours end in the Grand Tasting Room with free samples of products for those patrons over 21 years of age. 


December marked the 10th anniversary of the Coast Guard's formal entry into the national intelligence community, although many had long perceived the Coast Guard as a de facto member.

The Coast Guard began its long involvement with the work of intelligence in 1790. Tariffs imposed on goods imported to the United States, in order to raise revenue, caused lawless merchants to unload their cargoes at isolated locations to avoid paying the tariffs at customs houses in ports. Identifying this as a threat within the new nation's maritime domain, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton requested and received 10 revenue cutters to patrol the coast to identify smugglers and ensure tariffs were paid.

Modern intelligence operations began developing as a discrete service in the Coast Guard around 1915. By the time Prohibition became the law of the land, the Coast Guard had developed into an effective force against the smuggling of liquor and narcotics. This caused crime syndicates to use clandestine radio stations to communicate between their smuggling vessels and land-based operations. Coast Guard intelligence forces broke the smugglers' codes, enabling the service to battle the smugglers and break up criminal syndicates. A Coast Guard intelligence unit was established in Boston in 1934 and in 1936 an Intelligence Division was created at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, D.C., both a result of the service's successes.

Members of Coast Guard intelligence were involved in efforts to minimize sabotage and espionage throughout World War II. Coast Guard intelligence worked to secure, evaluate and disseminate information pertaining to Coast Guard and maritime matters, including assisting in identifying known and potential enemy agents and sympathizers. Coast Guard intelligence personnel were involved with counterintelligence support for the war effort in many critical ports throughout the United States. Because of the efforts of Coast Guard intelligence during the war there was not a single known instance of foreign-inspired sabotage on vessels or waterfront facilities in the U.S.

The Coast Guard continued its efforts against narcotics smuggling in the decades following the war.  The 1980 Mariel Boatlift, the mass exodus of Cuban migrants from their island nation to the U.S., reinforced the need for intelligence capabilities to further develop and become more structured. Federal officials realized the nature of many threats facing the United States were seaborne and the Coast Guard, with its unique capabilities and intelligence work, was seen as the agency that had much to offer against those threats.

"Intelligence is a force multiplier and a hedge against risk," said Rear Adm. Thomas F. Atkin, assistant commandant for Intelligence and Criminal Investigations. "Intelligence support is at the heart of the Coast Guard motto: Semper Paratus [Always Ready]. We work to create decision advantage to protect and advance U.S. interests. We accomplish this by conducting intelligence operations and activities to provide timely, relevant and actionable intelligence to shape operations, planning and decision-making. In a time of dwindling resources, it's important to have appropriate levels of intelligence to identify and warn against the next threat on the horizon."

The U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Committee on Select Intelligence discussed the Coast Guard's role in counter-drug intelligence and in the late 1990s began discussions about making the Coast Guard part of the broader intelligence community. The incidents of Sept. 11, became demonstrative of the kind of close-to-home, national security issues in which the Coast Guard would play a vital role. The Intelligence Authorization Act of 2002 formally brought the Coast Guard into the intelligence community.

Formal inclusion in the intelligence community has resulted in additional authorities and resources for the Coast Guard, enabling the agency to expand its capabilities to include a cryptology program (codebreaking) and a counterintelligence service.  The counterintelligence service helps preserve the operational integrity of the Coast Guard by shielding it from the intelligence activities of foreign powers, terrorist groups, and criminal organizations.

Coast Guard Intelligence applies its capabilities to all Coast Guard mission sets and has provided support for major operations including the response to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Intelligence personnel provided the earliest port infrastructure damage reports, which supported multi-national efforts to provide relief and port recovery. Coast Guard Intelligence also produced threat assessments and briefings that supported force protection decisions and other national and interagency operational decisions.

In addition to numerous drug and human smuggling cases, Coast Guard Intelligence has provided critical support to Coast Guard commanders wrestling with non-traditional intelligence needs, such as the interdiction of the Bangun Perkasa fishing vessel and its use of illegal driftnets.

Coast Guard intelligence has matured during the last 10 years and its focus has solidified. In addition to the cryptology program and counterintelligence service, Coast Guard intelligence includes a robust criminal investigative service, experienced intelligence fusion centers, and a developing cyber capability. Coast Guard intelligence specialists in the field are a critical component of the enterprise, working in units across the nation and throughout the Coast Guard chain of command to provide operational commanders with the intelligence support they need.    Today's Coast Guard intelligence encompasses a wide range of activities and capabilities, all striving to provide decision advantage to support senior Coast Guard leaders in their policy-making role, the Department of Homeland Security and its components, and other national intelligence or federal law enforcement agencies.

"Coast Guard intelligence provides operational commanders with the understanding they need to make decisions on how best to deploy assets and conduct operations," said Adm. Bob Papp, commandant of the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard's persistent presence in the maritime domain, due to its diverse mission sets and broad legal authorities, fills a unique niche within the intelligence community. As a member of the armed forces, the Coast Guard is at the intersection between homeland security and national defense. As a federal law enforcement agency and national intelligence community member, the Coast Guard is also positioned as a bridge between these two important groups. Because of the service's unique access, emphasis and expertise in the maritime domain - an area where other U.S. government agencies typically are not present - it collects and reports intelligence that supports its own missions as well as national security objectives.