From the Bridge Wing 8-28-2013

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This Day in Coast Guard History:

1916 – An Act of Congress (39 Stat. L., 536, 538) provided that “light keepers and assistant light keepers of the Lighthouse Service shall be entitled to medical relief without charge at hospitals and other stations of the Public Health Service under the rules and regulations governing the seamen of the merchant marine.”

1919 – President Woodrow Wilson signed Executive Order 3160 which returned the Coast Guard to the administrative control of the Treasury Department from the Navy after World War I.

1963 – As soon as two U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft became reported as overdue at their destination, Homestead Air Force Base, Florida, the U.S. Coast Guard Eastern Area Commander initiated an intensive air search.  It lasted through 2 September with as many as 25 U.S. Coast Guard, Air Force, and Navy planes participating.  None of the 11 occupants of the two KC-135’s were ever found, only wreckage, indicating that there had been a midair collision.

1995 – A request from the Commander in Chief of Naval Forces Europe led to the deployment of Coast Guard Cutter Dallas to the Mediterranean.  She departed Governors Island on 29 May 1995 and visited ports throughout the Mediterranean and Black Sea, including Istanbul and Samsun in Turkey; Durres, Albania; Varna, Bulgaria; Constanta, Romania; Koper, Slovenia; Taranto, Italy; and Bizerte, Tunisia.  The crew trained with naval and coast guard forces in each country. She deployed for a few days with the Sixth Fleet and served as a plane guard for USS Theodore Roosevelt.  The crew was also able to coordinate schedules with six NATO and non-NATO nations to conduct boardings.  She returned to the U.S. in August and arrived at Governors Island on 28 August. Semper nostra optima

Blogs

Artist’s sketchbook: Bringing ice to an ice breaker – Coast Guard Compass blog

Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy are currently supporting scientific research in the dynamic waters of the north on their Arctic West Summer 2013 deployment. As watchstsanders and scientists alike collaborate to collect vital scientific data, they are joined by artist Bob Selby.

This week’s sketchbook takes you inside Healy’s nerve center and even lets you off the polar ice breaker to get core samples and to harvest the ice.

Recruit Journal Sierra188 Week: 03 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

This week felt like the most grueling week, because most of the recruits in the company have the ‘Cape May crud’. Most nights were spend doing a lot of incentive training at the hands of our Company Commanders because of our mistakes; although, our lead Company Commander, Petty Officer Luedecke tells else when it’s over each night that “tomorrow you have a clean slate SIERRA.”

Coast Guard Cutter Healy: Mission Update Aug. 26, 2013 – Coast Guard Alaska blog

We check in with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot Seattle-based polar icebreaker, as they continue their Arctic West Summer 2013 deployment.

Recruit Journal Quebec 188 Week: 05 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

IT WAS A ROUGH MORNING FOR QUEBEC COMPANY. WE WERE WOKEN TEN MINUTES EARLIER THAN USUAL, DID OUR MORNING INCENTIVE TRAINING SESSION, AND HAD MAYBE TEN MINUTES TO CHANGE INTO OUR UNIFORMS AND BOONDOCKERS (BOOTS), SECURE OUR HAIR (OR SHAVE), MAKE OUR RACKS, BRUSH OUR TEETH, AND LINE UP OUTSIDE. IT WAS INTENSE, BUT WE WERE EXTREMELY FOCUSED AND WE SURPRISINGLY GOT IT DONE AS A COMPANY. WHEN WE GOT TO THE GALLEY FOR MORNING CHOW, PETTY OFFICER RUFF LINED US UP AND ASKED EVERYONE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS. SINCE IT’S NOW WEEK 05, WE WERE ASKED A WHOLE LOT OF NEW QUESTIONS WE’VE NEVER BEEN ASKED. ABOUT HALF OF THE COMPANY HAD TO FILL OUT PERFORMANCE TRACKERS FOR NOT KNOWING REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE (BAD RECORDS FILED IN OUR TRAINING RECORDS). IT WASN’T A GREAT START, BUT IT WAS A GOOD SLAP IN THE FACE TO WAKE US UP TO HOW THIS WEEK WILL BE. WE’RE GETTING THE “FIREHOSE TREATMENT,” AS THEY CALL IT, TAKING IN INFORMATION AS IF DRINKING FROM A FIREHOSE.

 Elsewhere

NOAA confirms wreck is lost 19th century U.S. Coast Survey steamer – NOAA News

Admiral Robert J. Papp, commandant of the Coast Guard, said that Walker represented the transition from sail to steam for government vessels, “reflecting the enduring need of the United States to harness the power of new technology to promote its maritime interests.”

 

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