Episode No. 38 Maritime Security
Date: December 5, 2008
Notes: Maritime Security with author Michael G.
After graduating from Montclair State College with a BA in Biology, Michael Walling
served in the U.S. Coast Guard for six years as a commissioned officer and a senior petty officer. His
assignments included buoy tending, search and rescue missions, drug law enforcement, and oceanographic operations in the Arctic.
As part of the Boarding Party and Prize Crew teams on two cutters, Michael Walling participated in the seizures of a Panamanian
drug-runner and a Cuban fishing boat. His decorations include the U.S. Coast Guard Achievement Medal (O) for counter-drug
operations, the Arctic Service Medal, the Sea Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, and the USCG Cutterman's insignia.
Michael Walling is the author of Bloodstained
Sea: The U.S. Coast Guard in the Battle of the Atlantic 1941-1944; an editor of the Sinbad of the Coast Guard; and, the author
of Choke Points. According to the book description of Choke Points, “Stretching from the treacherous
shores of Iraq to inner circles of power in Washington, DC, Choke Points leads the reader deep into the heart of the War on
Terror and the real threats of attack on the U.S. This is the first book of the Fletcher Saga that stretches from the tumultuous
Colonial times to the ever-dangerous present.”