From the Bridge Wing 10-28-2013

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Today in Coast Guard History

1919 – Congress passed the National Prohibition Enforcement Act, otherwise known as the Volstead Act, on this date. The Volstead Act authorized the enforcement of the 18th Amendment, ratified on 29 January 1919. The Act authorized the Coast Guard to prevent the maritime importation of illegal alcohol. This led to the largest increase in the size and responsibilities of the service to date.

1943 – Choiseul, Treasury Islands landing commenced (Coast Guard-manned LST-71 was in second echelon November 1, 1943).

1991 – Thousands of Haitian migrants began fleeing their homeland after the overthrow of Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, prompting one of the largest SAR operations in Coast Guard history. Cutters and aircraft from as far north as New England converged on the Windward Passage. In the first 30 days of the operation, Coast Guard forces rescued more than 6,300 men, women, and children who left Haiti in grossly overloaded and unseaworthy vessels. Seventy-five Coast Guard units ultimately took part in the massive SAR operation and by the end of the year over 40,000 Haitian migrants were rescued.

Blogs

X-ray 188 Recruit Journal: Week 05 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

Now that we have got to week 04 the wake ups are getting a lot earlier, our time to get ready shorter, and everything has increased. Expectations from not only our company commanders, but also ourselves have heightened. Our level of Coast Guard knowledge is increasing along with the incentive training exercises. I have no doubt that we can perform as a company successfully; with baby steps though.

Top 2013 Cadence: Old Man James – Coast Guard Compass blog

Thanks to all of your votes, the top 2013 Coast Guard cadence has been selected!

Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz’s cadence “Old Man James” was selected by fans of the service on Facebook and YouTube as the Coast Guard’s Top Cadence, winning the competition by more than 300 votes.

Elsewhere

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton christened Saturday in Pascagoula – Sun Herald

Saturday was a proud day for all on hand at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula as the National Security Cutter Alexander Hamilton (WMSL 753) was christened.

National security cutter Hamilton christened at Ingalls, ship honors father of Coast Guard – GulfLive.com

Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, also celebrated as the father of the U.S. Coast Guard, would have been proud Saturday as national security cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753) was christened at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, his fifth great-grandson said.

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