From the Bridge Wing 8-20-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1984 – A fire broke out in a stateroom aboard the 506-foot cruise ship Scandanavian Sea while the vessel was five miles off the Florida coast. The 744 passengers were mustered on the weather decks while the cruise ship’s captain headed his vessel towards Port Canaveral. Coast Guardsmen from CGCs Diligence, Reliance and Steadfast; Stations Port Canaveral and Ponce De Leon Inlet; MSO Jacksonville; Group Mayport; the Gulf and Atlantic Strike Teams were ordered to Port Canaveral to help extinguish the blaze while a small boat from Station Port Canaveral got underway to escort the cruise ship to port. Local fire fighters also took part and ultimately over 150 Coast Guardsmen participated. It still took two days to extinguish the fire. One crewman and one passenger were killed and the vessel suffered extensive fire damage.

Blogs

TSA travel tip: TSA Pre✓™ for Active Duty Military – Coast Guard All Hands blog

Deployments can be stressful on both members and their families. Our friends over at the Transportation Security Administration appreciate the sacrifices our servicemembers and their families make and offer up the following information on TSA Pre✓™ for active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces to make your time at the airport just a little less stressful.

Recruit Company Oscar 188 Week: 04 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

The can of sardines finally exploded. By that we mean, the company split into two groups to make going to class easier, as well as helping the company feel more independent. They divided us into port and starboard sides.

Do You Have What It Takes? – Coast Guard Compass blog

One of the Coast Guard’s most visible duties is that of the helicopter rescue swimmer. Alongside fellow aircrew, rescue swimmers deploy into a myriad of challenging rescues ranging from hurricanes and cliff rescues, to emergency medical evacuations from ships at sea.

Coast Guard welcomes American heroes on Honor Flight to Washington D.C. – Coast Guard Mid Atlantic blog

On a Sunday morning in our nation’s capital, amid the hustle and bustle of Washington’s Reagan National Airport, Coast Guard reservists from Sector Baltimore eagerly await a group of American heroes to arrive.  Then cheering broke out: the veterans from World War II and the Korean War, flown in on an Honor Flight from Orlando, were now in sight.

Elsewhere

From homemaker to a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Chef – AshlandWI.com

WASHBURN – If you were born in Washburn, moved to Idaho for 27 years and returned home again looking for something interesting to do with your life, what would that be? For Cherylann Hart it was joining the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary.
“It’s still a little overwhelming,” said Hart, recently back from a two-week assignment on board the Alder, a cutter stationed in Duluth. “This was probably the biggest thing I’ve ever done.”

Coast Guard Foundation to Honor Kirby’s Joseph Pyne – MarineLink

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced that its 33rd annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard will take place on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in New York City. This year’s event will honor the bravery and heroism of U.S. Coast Guard members across the country and pay special tribute to Joseph Pyne of Kirby Corporation for his strong support of the Foundation, and its programs and projects that benefit the Coast Guard and its service members. Al Roker, who emceed last year’s Salute to the Coast Guard in New York, will once again serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies at this year’s event.

Video

Coast Guard Base Portsmouth recently received Eleanor II, the humvee used by Coast Guard personnel during their deployments to Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan. The vehicle was named after the World War II half-track “Eleanor,” which participated in the liberation of Bastogne and was operated by the father of current Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. James Cullen.


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