From the Bridge Wing 10-1-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1926 – An airways division, headed by a chief engineer, was set up as a part of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, its work covering the examination of airways and emergency landing fields and the erection and maintenance of aids to air navigation.

1943 – Coast Guard-manned USS LST-203 was stranded in Southwest Pacific but there were no casualties.

1976 – Coast Guard personnel were required to change to the new “Bender Blues” uniforms by this date.

1991 – Coast Guard Cutter Storis became the oldest commissioned cutter in the Coast Guard when the CGC Fir was decommissioned. The Storis’s crew painted her hull number “38” in gold in recognition of her status.

1996 – Operation Frontier Shield commenced. It was the largest counter-narcotics operation in Coast Guard history to date.

Blogs

Ready Coast Guard: Make a Plan – Coast Guard All Hands blog

Having an emergency plan in place before disaster strikes helps families get through an emergency situation safely and with less worry. In March 2011, with the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant leaking radiation after an earthquake and tsunami, a handful of Coast Guard families stationed at Yokata Air Base had less than 12 hours to prepare to evacuate from Japan.

Shipmate of the Week – FS1 Brittany Smith – Coast Guard Alaska blog

Coast Guard Cutter SPAR is a seagoing buoy tender that sails the waters of the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea. The patrols are long, the work is hard and the days are cold. Keeping the crew motivated, not to mention their stomach’s full, is Petty Officer 1st Class Brittany Smith.

Crew inspired by reality represents Coast Guard in fiction – Coast Guard Pacific Southwest blog

Most of us can remember where we were and what we were doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. It was a day that changed the history of our country and a day that we strive to never forget.

All but one of Narwhal’s 11 crewmembers joined the Coast Guard after the fall of the Twin Towers in 2001, and so the events of that day in some way contributed to each of our decisions to become a member of The Long Blue Line.

Ready Coast Guard: Build a kit – Coast Guard All Hands blog

As National Preparedness Month comes to a close, now is the perfect time to build or update your emergency kit. Having an emergency kit on hand with at least three days of supplies will ensure that your family can meet its essential needs in a crisis.

Elsewhere

Coast Guard searches for possible woman jumper from Sunshine Skyway Bridge – Bradenton Herald

MANATEE — The U.S. Coast Guard was searching the waters beneath the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at 7 p.m. Monday for a woman who may have leaped from the bridge.

Costa Rica, U.S. Coast Guard nab narco-boat off Caribbean coast – Tico Times

The Costa Rican Coast Guard on Sunday detained a speedboat and its crew after a chase off the Caribbean coast in which alleged drug traffickers tossed some 900 kilograms (2,000 pounds) of marijuana into the sea.

The bust was carried out with the help of a British frigate transporting a team of U.S Coast Guard officers on board.

Video

Aviators with Coast Guard Sector San Diego perform tasks during a water survival test, known as “wet drills,” in Coronado, Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013. The annual drill keeps aviators’ skills sharp in the event their helicopter crashes. The drills included a survival swim to a life raft, discussing and demonstrating the use of signaling flares, identifying items in their survival vest, building a fire and creating a shelter using items from their aircraft. U.S. Coast Guard video by Lt. Joe Plunkett and Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Gawrelli.

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