Coast Guard Group Astoria receives Congressional recognition

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today Congressman David Wu introduced a resolution to recognize Coast Guard Group Astoria for its more than 60 years of service to the Pacific Northwest. The legislation honors the brave men and women of Coast Guard Group Astoria who risk their lives daily to ensure the safety and security of the people of the Pacific Northwest.

“Coast Guard Group Astoria protects property, rescues those in need, and helps preserve the North Coast’s sea-faring way of life,” said Congressman Wu. “I know firsthand how vital the bravery of Coast Guard members at Air Station Astoria was during the devastating 2007 winter storm, when they conducted around-the-clock search-and-rescue operations for two days despite hurricane-force winds, torrential rain, and the loss of nearly all communication capabilities. As the backbone of marine safety and homeland security on our often treacherous waters, Coast Guard Group Astoria deserves our support and commendation.”

The text of Congressman Wu’s resolution is as follows:

H. RES. 1062

Introduced February 2, 2010

By Congressman David Wu

Recognizing the Coast Guard Group Astoria’s more than 60 years of service to the Pacific Northwest, and for other purposes.

Whereas Coast Guard Group Astoria was established in 1948;

Whereas Coast Guard Group Astoria units are responsible for safeguarding mariners in the often treacherous waters of the Pacific Northwest;

Whereas Coast Guard Group Astoria’s area of responsibility covers more than 140 miles of coastline between Queets, Washington, and Pacific City, Oregon;

Whereas helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria regularly patrol and respond to offshore missions from the Canadian border to northern California;

Whereas Coast Guard Group Astoria is comprised of Station Grays Harbor in Westport, Washington; Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington; Station Tillamook Bay in Garibaldi, Oregon; Air Station Astoria in Warrenton, Oregon; and Aids to Navigation Team Astoria at Tongue Point, Oregon;

Whereas during an average year, Coast Guard Group Astoria units respond to more than 800 search-and-rescue calls for help, assist more than 1,700 mariners, and save nearly 100 lives;

Whereas the 325 men and women of Coast Guard Group Astoria perform many missions including search and rescue, homeland security, enforcement of laws and treaties, and maintenance of Aids to Navigation;

Whereas Coast Guard Air Station Astoria supports local Coast Guard cutters in maintaining 470 Aids to Navigation, enabling mariners to safely navigate the coastal waters of Oregon and Washington;

Whereas since 2003, the men and women of Coast Guard Air Station Astoria have assisted more than 10,000 individuals in distress and saved more than 500 lives;

Whereas since 2003, Coast Guard Air Station Astoria has conducted more than 1,200 Living Marine Resources missions to ensure commercial fishing vessel crews abide by Federal and State laws in order to preserve fisheries for future generations;

Whereas since 2003, Coast Guard Air Station Astoria has spent more than 1,000 hours responding to High Interest Vessels to ensure the security of United States ports and waterways in accordance with the Coast Guard’s statutory homeland security responsibilities;

Whereas during the December 2007 Pacific Northwest winter storm, Coast Guard Air Station Astoria helicopter crews flew 28 sorties to rescue and save 136 persons as winds exceeded 130 knots; and

Whereas Coast Guard Group Astoria continues to protect the Pacific Northwest and embody the Coast Guard motto, Semper Paratus: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) recognizes the Coast Guard Group Astoria’s more than 60 years of service to the Pacific Northwest;

(2) honors the brave men and women of Coast Guard Group Astoria who risk their lives daily to ensure the safety and security of the people of the Pacific Northwest; and

(3) directs the Clerk of the House of Representatives to make available enrolled copies of this resolution to Coast Guard Group Astoria for appropriate display.

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