Establishing a New Normalcy: Activities Baltimore, Before and After 11 September 2001: The Recollections of Captain Roger B. Peoples, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret.)   [open pdf - 179KB]

"In the year 2000, Captain Roger Peoples began the last assignment of his military career by taking command of U.S. Coast Guard Activities Baltimore, a prototype unit that that integrated all the functions performed by Coast Guard units in one area under a single authority. Captain Peoples was a logical choice to lead Activities Baltimore. During his career, he participated in numerous studies and reorganization efforts that helped define the shape of the Coast Guard. Known for his organizational expertise, Captain Peoples was a champion of the kind of integrated Coast Guard field command typified by Activities Baltimore. When Captain Peoples took charge of Activities Baltimore, he hoped for an uneventful, three-year tour. As it turned out, it was anything but uneventful. Even under the best of circumstances, the Coast Guard faces myriad challenges on the upper Chesapeake Bay and in the port of Baltimore . During his tour Captain Peoples also found himself dealing with crises ranging from a ship collision in the northern Chesapeake to a raging train fire under the streets of Baltimore . Most significantly, the men and women of Activities Baltimore had to contend with the aftermath of the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks. Their response was part of the Coast Guard's largest maritime homeland security response since World War II. In addition, the Activities organizational model became the template for the new Coast Guard sector commands established in 2004. In this written interview conducted in early 2004, Captain Peoples recounted Activities' operations before and after '9/11,' noting how his command - like the rest of the Coast Guard - struggled to a establish a 'new normalcy' that defined how the service would assume its new wartime responsibilities, even as it continued to conduct its entire range of existing maritime missions."

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