From the Bridge Wing 11-4-2013

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Today in Coast Guard History

1984 – Coast Guard Cutter Northwind seized the P/C Alexi I off Jamaica for carrying 20 tons of marijuana, becoming the first icebreaker to make a narcotics seizure.

Blogs

World War II combat diary of J.J. McAndrews: A war-torn winter and the Allied invasion of Italy – Coast Guard Great Lakes blog

The Great Lakes Coast Guard is sharing the story of Petty Officer 3rd Class J.J. McAndrews on his journey across the Atlantic Ocean into the Mediterranean Sea for the invasion of Italy, then to the shores of Normandy for D-Day, in our five-week series “World War II combat diary of J.J. McAndrews.” This series comes from the day-to-day diary written by the boatswain’s mate while aboard a landing ship during the war.

You asked, the honor graduates for Victor/Whiskey 188 answered – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

We took your top five questions for a senior recruit from Facebook and let Seaman Larry McMillian and Seaman Jess McCulloch answer them. McMillian is from Greensboro, N.C., and has orders to the Coast Guard Cutter Campbell in Portsmouth, N.H. McCulloch is from Yorktown, Va., and has orders to Coast Guard Station Annapolis, Md. The honor graduate award is presented to the recruit who has demonstrated the highest level of performance in all facets of basic training for their company.

Shipmate of the Week – Seaman Juan Garcia-Perez – Coast Guard Compass blog

Coast Guard Cutter Forward recently completed an international naval exercise to build partnerships between 15 nations. Who was the key to connecting those partner nations? Seaman Juan Garcia-Perez.

As a dual citizen of the United States and Colombia, and a fluent Spanish speaker, Garcia-Perez was the lead communicator for maritime forces during Forward’s participation in UNITAS 2013.

Elsewhere

Will historic Coast Guard ship escape scrap heap? – Times Herald

A storied former U.S. Coast Guard vessel sent from Suisun Bay’s “mothball fleet” to Mexico for scrapping last week has raised concerns over the 71-year-old ship’s final stop.

Commander of ship that made massive cocaine bust hails ‘victory’ – Sun News

The nitty-gritty details of a high seas cocaine bust late last month is under wraps due to “operational security.”

But in an interview from HMCS Edmonton on Sunday, Lt.-Cmdr Blair Brown says the two busts that netted 1.1 tonnes of cocaine worth $36 million on the street were a victory for his crew and U.S. authorities.

Cruise Industry Retains Retired Coast Guard Rear Admirals to Repair Battered Image – Cruise Law News

Travel Weekly recently published an article titled “Lax Regulations of Cruise Lines is a Myth.”
I’m used to reading articles from Travel Weekly which lean over backwards to be nice to the cruise lines. After all, Travel Weekly is a travel magazine which caters to people who love to cruise and travel around the world.
But I was disturbed to read that the article was written by former officials from the U.S. Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Jim Hull and Rear Admiral Tim Sullivan (both now retired from service).

Video

A USCG MH-65 from Airsta Barbers Point launched for a missing diver off the NW point of Oahu. Teamed with the HI Fire Dept to locate the diver, the CG hoisted and airlifted the patient to a care center for decompression treatment.
Produced by Lt. Bryan Weber

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