Coast Guard premieres Top 10 Videos to recruits, kicks off video contest

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May News
CAPE MAY, N.J. — The Coast Guard premiered its Top 10 videos of 2012, which highlight some of the year’s most compelling cases from the work done every day by America’s Coast Guard, to its newest recruits Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

More than 200 recruits and staff packed the auditorium of Training Center Cape May for the premiere of the Coast Guard’s Top 10 Video Contest of 2012, and recruits cast the first votes of the contest. Petty Officer 2nd Class Jamie Vanacore, a rescue swimmer from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., also made a surprise appearance at the premiere to introduce “So Other’s May Live,” one of the nominees for the Top 10 Video of 2012.

Vanacore stars in “So Other’s May Live,” which provides a glimpse into the intense training required to be a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. She also discussed the importance of training to the boot camp recruits who are pushed daily to their mental, physical and emotional limits, so they are prepared when graduate.

“We regularly receive reports from the field of our new Coast Guardsmen making a lifesaving grab, steering a cutter during a high-speed drug chase or performing lifesaving first aid,” said Cmdr. Owen Gibbons, the executive officer of Training Center Cape May. “Today’s recruits could actually be the stars of one of the Coast Guard’s Top 10 Videos in 2013.”

The videos will be released nationwide beginning Saturday and a new video will be released each day through Dec. 31. Fans of the Coast Guard can vote for their favorite Coast Guard Video of 2012 by liking it on the service’s Facebook or YouTube pages and the winner will be announced Jan. 7 on the Coast Guard Compass.

“Coast Guardsmen are quiet heroes who rarely seek recognition for the important, and many times, dangerous work they do,” said Capt. Bill Kelly, commanding officer of Training Center Cape May. “This gives us an opportunity to educate the public about our service and recognize Coast Guardsmen everywhere for their contributions to our Nation.”

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jaime Vanacore, a rescue swimmer from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., talks about her job to recruits at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Vanacore addressed the recruits during the showcasing of the Coast Guard's Top 10 Videos of 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jaime Vanacore, a rescue swimmer from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., talks about her job to recruits at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Vanacore addressed the recruits during the showcasing of the Coast Guard’s Top 10 Videos of 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen.

CAPE MAY, N.J. - Coast Guard recruits at Training Center Cape May received a sneak peek of the Coast Guard's Top 10 Videos of 2012 Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. Most of the recruits will be conducting similar missions to those featured in the videos just days after graduating basic training. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska.

CAPE MAY, N.J. – Coast Guard recruits at Training Center Cape May received a sneak peek of the Coast Guard’s Top 10 Videos of 2012 Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. Most of the recruits will be conducting similar missions to those featured in the videos just days after graduating basic training. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska.

Recruits at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., cast their votes for the Coast Guard's top 10 videos of the year Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. The recruits were the first to cast their votes before online voting is open to the public. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen

Recruits at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., cast their votes for the Coast Guard’s top 10 videos of the year Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. The recruits were the first to cast their votes before online voting is open to the public. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen.

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