From the Bridge Wing 10-10-2013

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This Day in Coast Guard History:

1798 – Secretary Benjamin Stoddert, first Secretary of the Navy, sent the first instructions to cutters acting in cooperation with the Navy in support of the Quasi-War with France, via the various collectors of customs.

1929 – Clarence Samuels, commanding CG Patrol Boat AB-15, was promoted to Chief Quartermaster, thereby becoming the Coast Guard’s first African-American chief petty officer.

Blogs

A Season of Lifesaving – Coast Guard Compass blog

The last MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed to Cordova, Alaska, for the summer season returned to its home base of Kodiak closing out a season of lifesaving.

Recruit Journal Uniform 188: Weeks 05 & 06 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

Week 05, also known as “search and rescue week” because of its hectic time objectives has been a difficult but exciting one for Uniform-188. We began the week with an Operational Dress Uniform inspection with Master Chief Berry, the Battalion Commander. We also had our radio communications class in seamanship on Monday where we got to read scripts to each other on walkie-talkies. It was more difficult than most of us expected to log everything that was being reported.

Tango 188 Recruit Journal: Weeks 05, 06 & 07 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

TODAY STARTED “SAR” WEEK. THIS STANDS FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE. WE WAKE UP AT 0525, TAKE MORNING MUSTER AND MUST GET IN OPERATIONAL DRESS UNIFORMS, PREPARE FOR THE DAY AND BE AT MORNING CHOW BY 0545. THE EXERCISE SIMULATES THE SPEED AT WHICH WE MUST MOVE ONCE WE GET OUT IN THE FLEET. THE COMPANY MADE THE TIME OBJECTIVE, HOWEVER ARRIVED IN DIFFERENT FOOT WARE. THIS ILLUSTRATES HOW IMPORTANT CLEAR DIRECTIONS ARE FROM OUR SHIPMATES AND ALSO THE IMPORTANCE OF LISTENING TO DETAIL.

Airdrop at sea – Coast Guard Compass blog

Coast Guard aircraft are equipped to drop lifesaving equipment to individuals in distress. Life rafts, radios, emergency rations and medical supplies are the most common, but flexibility in operations is necessary in order to save lives at sea. This weekend, a Coast Guard aircrew flew approximately 1,036 miles to airdrop blood and medical supplies to a cruise ship northeast of the Hawaiian Islands.

Elsewhere

Fairport Harbor Coast Guard station unveils new boat – The News Herald

While the federal government shutdown has plagued many federal jobs and services, it isn’t interfering with patrols and response missions at the Fairport Harbor U.S. Coast Guard station. Nor is it interfering with the Coast Guard’s latest investment of $2.1 million in the form of a new, state-of-the-art response boat.

One dead in Gulf helicopter crash near Venice, La. – KPLCtv.com

The U.S. Coast Guard helped in the rescue of four people from a helicopter that went down Wednesday morning in the Gulf of Mexico. A Coast Guard spokesman tells KPLC one person is deceased, two suffered severe back injuries and one was unharmed.

Video

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans conducts a medevac of a 57-year-old man from a 75-foot fishing vessel 92 miles south of Marsh Island, La., October 7, 2013.

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