From the Bridge Wing 10-12-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1897 – Near Corson Inlet, New Jersey, a man and two women were endangered by the sea sweeping around a their house 1/2 mile from the station.  Life-savers answered their signal of distress and rescued them in the surfboat.

Blogs

Shipmate of the Week – OS1 Ronnie Leavell, OS2 Will Lengyel and OS3 Brittany Doss – Coast Guard Compass blog

A line of strong thunderstorms moved through west Florida in late September, bringing with it 45-knot winds and heavy downpours that significantly reduced visibility. Although command center watchstanders issued marine information broadcast, the storm caught many boaters off guard.

Phones rang off the hook and radios blared with transmissions from distressed boaters. By storm’s end the watch team responded to the highest volume of distress calls in the sector’s history, answering more than 60 reports of distress. It was a night of remarkable dedication to duty by watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg; it was a night they dubbed SARmageddon.

Whiskey 188 Recruit Journal: Weeks 03 & 04 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

Finally at the halfway mark! We’ve lost 10 recruits already, but we gained a few from previous companies. All 26 males and 15 females are finally figuring out how this all works. It’s been really tough from impossible tasks with mission incomplete, to screaming at a piece of tape on a wall with a boat on it for 20 minutes, as loud as you possibly can, until your voice is gone. The old everyday tasks people enjoy like eating, sleeping and showering are all done under strict timed missions and high stress every time. We’re getting used to it, but it still makes it impossible to relax even for a minute, even in the head- that’s timed too.

Standing the watch in “America’s Finest City” – Coast Guard Pacific Southwest blog

Known for its beautiful, sandy beaches, year-round mild, sunny weather and countless activities and attractions, San Diego is home to more than 3.1 million residents and lures in more than 32 million visitors each year. However, not too far from the hustle and bustle of it all is a sight few San Diegans or visitors will ever get to witness. Just off Southern California’s coast, smugglers take to the sea in an attempt to traffic drugs and migrants into the states from Mexico while the crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station San Diego works tirelessly to stop them.

What do you have on your phone? – Coast Guard All Hnads blog

Almost every one of us has a cell phone, smart phone or other electronic device we carry with us every day. Think about the things that we store on those devices – phone numbers of friends, family and/or co-workers; personal information like passwords; information about our place of work, where we like to eat and what we like to do. We use our smart phones to look up places to go, find our favorite activities and chat with friends and family. If this information gets into the wrong hands criminals can steal our identities, access our personal accounts and even harass us. There are a few simple steps we can take to protect our mobile devices from hackers.

Elsewhere

 Coast Guard to upgrade encryption on its communications links with Rockwell Collins devices –  Government Security News

The U.S. Coast Guard has decided to upgrade the encryption capabilities of the Digital Voice Privacy devices it uses on its ships and other platforms by procuring from Rockwell Collins more than one thousand DVP-200 Type III Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) digital voice/data processors for an undisclosed amount of money.

Coast Guard invites business execs to open forum on Arctic strategy on Oct. 28 –  Government Security News

The future of the Arctic has become a hot topic in U.S. national security, energy and policy circles. Now private sector leaders are invited to share insights on the subject with Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger, U.S. Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Operations, at a forum of the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable (WHSR) on October 28.

Video

From the archives: A Coast Guard crew from Station Boston operates a new law enforcement and search and rescue boat in Boston Harbor, April 14, 2009. The 45-foot response boat medium was delivered to Coast Guard Station Boston, March 28, 2009, and is the third initiative in the Response Boats 2010 strategic vision and transition plan, aimed at standardizing and revitalizing the Coast Guard’s shore-based response fleet. U.S. Coast Guard video/Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Pinneo

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