From the Bridge Wing 11-29-13

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Today in Coast Guard History

1837 – Two early complainants on the efficiency of the American lighthouses, E. and G.W. Blunt, publishers of the famous Blunt’s “Coast Pilot,” submitted a statement to the Secretary of the Treasury. They argued that the whole lighthouse system “needs revision, a strict superintendence and an entirely different plan of operation.”

1920 – When the Navy minesweeper USS Swan ran aground on Duxbury Beach, MA. Coast Guardsmen from three nearby stations rescued the minesweeper’s crew with a breeches buoy. Coast Guard Cutter Androscoggin assisted in the rescue.

Blogs

Volunteer buglers honor veterans through “Taps” – Coast Guard All Hands

Thanksgiving is a time when Americans pause with family to celebrate our blessings throughout the year with family and friends. Many go to church to pray and give thanks to God for all the good things that have happened to them. Many people travel to be with family – parents, children and grandchildren. Holidays bring us together.

The death of a family member also brings us together as we gather to lay a loved one to rest according to the traditions and rituals of our cultural backgrounds and religious affiliations. Since 2000, all honorably discharged members of the U.S. military are eligible for military honors at a funeral or memorial service. These honors, in their most basic form, consist of a flag folding and presentation as well as the playing of the bugle call Taps.

The rule of international law follows – Coast Guard Compass

Technology has changed since 1790, but Coast Guard missions have remained true. Today, in the South Atlantic, maintaining international law is a collaborative effort involving a maritime presence from 15 countries.

These 15 countries contribute to the multinational detection, monitoring and interdiction operation working together to deny transnational criminal organizations the ability to exploit transshipment routes for the movement of narcotics, precursor chemicals, bulk cash and weapons along Central American shipping routes.

Giving thanks: Coady Torio – Coast Guard Compass

I’ve always admired but never thought I’d need the Coast Guard. That changed on Aug. 9, 2013.

My friend Andy and I have been kayaking on Lake Superior for 13 years. We usually come up twice a year, once in August, once at the end of September. We have always tried to be cautious with my marine radio aboard and survival gear on each kayak. It was a sunny 68-degree day with 5-to-15-knot winds out of the west. Waves were 1 to 2 feet as we leisurely paddled the west coast of the island to the sea arch at the north side of the island.

Coast Guardsmen get holiday call from President Obama – Coast Guard Compass

It’s not every day a Coast Guardsman gets a call from the President, but today two members can say they did. President Barack Obama called 10 members of the armed forces to thank them for their service to our nation and wish them a happy Thanksgiving.

Elsewhere

Coast Guard would require testing before allowing fracking wastewater on barges – State Impact

Demand from natural gas drillers has prompted the U.S. Coast Guard to propose allowing fracking wastewater to be transported on barges. But under the proposal, the Coast Guard won’t allow it unless they know what’s in it.

U.S. Coast Guard locates survivor from capsized vessel – WSVN-TV

U.S. Coast Guard officials said they have found another survivor from the wreckage of a sailboat that capsized Monday night in the Southern Bahamas, killing an estimated 30 Haitian migrants.

Video

Coast Guard rescues 2 near Mobile
A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 helicopter crew rescues two people from a vessel with stability problems approximately 30 miles south of Mobile, Ala., in the Gulf of Mexico, Nov. 26, 2013. The aircrew transported the five to the air station in Belle Chasse, La.
Video by Air Station New Orleans.

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