Serving in a Port Security Unit

Port Security Units (PSU) are part of the Coast Guard’s Deployable Specialized Forces (DSF) and have become the pinnacle of the national defense mission, which spawned the formation of the Coast Guard Reserve itself. PSUs need highly-motivated members in the boatswain’s mate (BM) and maritime enforcement specialist (ME) ratings to fill critical billets in Waterside and Shoreside Security Divisions, which are necessary to meet the Coast Guard’s readiness conditions for overseas deployments supporting maritime security operations.


Anthony Regalbuto, the chief of the Office of International and Domestic Port Security for the Coast Guard, was awarded the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal for 2014 . He set up and began to run an ambitious and sophisticated program to address many of the major port security weaknesses in the United States and assist foreign nations in adopting new anti-terrorism measures.

Port security chief among finalists for Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal

The Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals are presented annually by the nonprofit, nonpartisan Partnership for Public Service to celebrate excellence in our federal civil service. The Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal recognizes a federal employee for a significant contribution to the nation in activities related to homeland security and law enforcement, including border and transportation security, civil rights, counterterrorism, emergency response, fraud prevention and intelligence. Today, our nation’s public servants are confronting and overcoming challenges of great importance to the American people. Whether securing our borders, ensuring the safety of the products we buy and the food we eat, protecting our environment or caring for our veterans and most vulnerable citizens, government employees are dedicated to serving others and making a difference.