From the Bridge Wing 11-3-2013

Bridge Wing

Today in Coast Guard History

1820 – The Revenue cutter Louisiana captured five pirate vessels during a cruise from Florida to Cuba.

1881 – A rowboat with two men and a young girl was going down the Manistee River towards the harbor. It capsized about a hundred feet abreast of Station No. 5, Eleventh District, Lake Michigan. One of the men swam to the dock and was helped out by the life-saving crew. The remaining man tried to swim with his daughter on his back. She began to struggle violently and dragged him under. The keeper pulled off his outer clothing, swam out, caught the father and daughter as they were sinking for the third time, and succeeded in bringing them to the dock where they were helped up by the rest of the crew.

Blogs

Rescue of two mariners proves proficiency pays off – Coast Guard Alaska blog

Towing disabled and adrift vessels is a routine procedure for Coast Guard boat crews, but even this seemingly simple task can prove to be as perilous as it is common in the Coast Guard’s ongoing mission to rescue lives at sea.

Sector Detroit Command Center dedicated in the name of WWII veteran, friend – Coast Guard Great Lakes blog

During his visit to Sector Detroit, his face lit up with joy as he recounted his days in the Coast Guard and exuded pride of his unit, the Coast Guard and the country. Even at 95, David Walker easily recalls details of his career and the equipment he used as a radioman in the 1940s. One of his many memories was meeting Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro while stationed aboard the USS Hunter Liggett. Munro would later become the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient.

The Drawing Board: I want to be a Coast Guardsman! – Coast Guard All Hands blog

What did you want to be when you grew up? These kids plan to be the future men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard! We hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween!

Elsewhere

Coast Guard enacts pro-gay non-discrimination policy – Washington Blade

The U.S. Coast Guard with little fanfare has added protections based on sexual orientation to its equal opportunity policy, prompting new calls for the Pentagon to do the same with other branches of the military.

City of Portsmouth celebrates being named “Coast Guard City” – WTKR.com

Virginia residents were able to enjoy fun-filled festivities today at Festival Park in the NTELOS Pavilion in Portsmouth today. The City of Portsmouth partnered with the US Coast Guard to celebrate Portsmouth being named an official “Coast Guard City”.

Video

Rear Admiral Kevin Cook, commander, Coast Guard District 8, talks about his final theme proficiency to the men and women of the 8th District. HIs three themes include community, safety and proficiency.

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