"You can go to lunch, but you dont have to come back." That used to be a tongue-in-cheek marine-safety-office catchphrase. That is, of course, until September 11, 2001. These days, Coast Guard marine safety crews are lucky to even get a break for lunch. For U.S. Coast Guardsmen, our "optempo," the daily pace of operations, has increased in so many ways. From added patrols, to changes in our readiness posture, to a move into a new department, the service has adjusted to the ever-changing demands placed upon us.