ithout hesitation, the U.S. Army major responsible for handling me pulls out his phone and says, “I KNOW A GUY WHO
CAPTAINS A COAST GUARD BOAT. MAYBE I CAN GET HIM TO JOIN US IN THE BAY FOR SOME PHOTOS WITH THE HELICOPTER.” Soon “Coast Guard guy” is on the phone indicating that he got the supervisor’s approval. If we want to work with his ship, he will be in San Juan Bay around 14:30 for an escort mission. As you will see, such cooperation and coordination is common in Puerto Rico, and born out of necessity.