From the Bridge Wing 8-31-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1819 – The Revenue cutters Alabama and Louisiana captured the privateer Bravo in the Gulf of Mexico.  Bravo’s master, Jean Le Farges — a lieutenant of Jean Lafitte — was later reportedly hanged from Louisiana’s yardarm.  The cutters then sailed for Patterson’s Town on Breton Island to destroy the notorious pirates’ den there.

1852 – The Congress created the Lighthouse Board and charged it with administering the Lighthouse Service, as the Revenue Cutter Service was again decentralized.  The board was comprised of Army and Navy officers, and civilian scientists.  The board’s creation led to a number of important changes in the way ocean and coastal navigation was administered. 

Blogs

 Shipmate of the Week: CWO Gregory Tarker  – Coast Guard Compass blog

From the maritime boundary line between Russia and the United States to the waters of the Pacific Northwest and south to Central America, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alert is at all times prepared to serve.

Write on: Coast Guard Lady marks 70th year as SPAR – Coast Guard Heartland blog

There is no single word for devotion to duty that is the essence of dedication. Though there is one name that boasts 40,000 letters.

Lois Bouton, aka the Coast Guard Lady, celebrated 70 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Woman’s Reserve, known as the SPARs – Semper Paratus, Always Ready, this month when she joined the Coast Guard in 1943 to support efforts in World War II. Bouton, a native of Lake County, Ill., and current resident of Rogers, Ark.,  also turns 94 Sept. 21, but the one milestone that eclipses her age is August marks Bouton’s 40th consecutive year of writing letters to the Coast Guard.

 Recruit Journal Papa 188 Week: 06 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

 “The Sky Isn’t Falling Chicken Little”
Well now, what do we have here? Looks like little ole’ PAPA company has stepped into week six! It’s called making progress games. Especially since the day started off rather well.

Elsewhere

Plans for Coast Guard commemorative coin unveiled – The Day

A Coast Guard commemorative coin could raise $2 million to $3 million for the future National Coast Guard Museum, Congressman Joe Courtney said Friday. So Courtney, D-2nd District, introduced a bill in the House of Representatives on Aug. 1 to mint the coin in 2017.

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