With almost 1,500 miles of coastline in Massachusetts alone, the US Coast Guard works tirelessly to protect US waters. Whether its interdiction of terror threats, drug traffic or sea and air rescue, The Coast Guard, as a branch of the US Armed Forces, operates both at home and in support of ports with US interests abroad.

This Saturday, November 12, US Coast Guard Caption (retired) Greg Ketchen will be at the Osterville Village Library at 1 PM to present a history of the Coast Guard from its inception in 1884 to its present-day capabilities. A resident of Osterville, Capt. Ketchen has served as president of the Coast Guard Heritage Museum and has held leadership roles with the New England Aquarium and as a development consultant for New England ports. Capt. Ketchen’s Coast Guard career includes duties performed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, serving as faculty at the Coast Guard Academy, chief oceanographer for the International Ice Patrol, commander of Coast Guard Group Boston and a command post at a NATO station in Italy.

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