From the Bridge Wing 9-18-2013

Bridge Wing

HAPPY BIRTHDAY U.S. AIR FORCE

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1939 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt directed the enlistment of 2,000 new Coast Guardsmen and opened two new training stations.
1947 – The U.S. Air Force’s official birthday: the Air Force was created as a separate military service on this date.  The Air Force’s motto is: “Uno Ab Alto” (One Over All).
1989 – Hurricane Hugo hit Puerto Rico and eventually made landfall at Charleston, South Carolina, on the 21st.  Coast Guard units conducted search and rescue as well as relief operations.

Blogs

Bravo zulu, MUC Megan Sesma! – Coast Guard All Hands blog

On any given day, if one were to wander the maze of tight hallways inside the U.S. Coast Guard Academy‘s Leamy Hall, home of the U.S. Coast Guard Band in New London, Conn., they might catch the faint, luring song of the band’s one and only harpist, Chief Petty Officer Megan Sesma.

Home cookin’ on the high seas – Coast Guard Alaska blog

It’s Sunday morning, and for the most part, the Coast Guard Cutter Healy sleeps. A few tired souls stand their watches up on the bridge or down in the engineroom, but the majority of the crew and passengers aboard the 420-foot icebreaker are busy catching up on shut-eye they missed during a week of simulated oil spill exercises.

Somewhere on the main deck, inside the thick skin of the cutter, two crewmembers stir and start their day’s work. At 5 a.m., as the Arctic sun only begins to hint at rising, they are pulling out spatulas, colanders, baking sheets, and enough breakfast ingredients to feed everyone aboard.

Largest drug seizure in the 1st Coast Guard District’s history – Coast Guard Compass blog

If you speak with Coast Guardsmen from the 1st Coast Guard District – stretching from the Canadian border in Maine to northern New Jersey – about the missions they routinely perform, you will likely get a standard answer from just about every member: search and rescue, recreational boating safety, aids to navigation, ports waterways and coastal security, living marine resource enforcement and ice breaking. But if you ask the crew underway aboard Coast Guard Cutter Dependable last week, they would answer counter drug operations.

One Team, One Fight – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit – Coast Guard All Hands blog

More than 150 Coast Guard men and women are gathered at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., for a two-day summit on sexual assault prevention and response. The purpose of the summit, and the call to action for attendees, is reflected in the summit’s theme, “One Team, One Fight – Empowering People, Building Trust, Changing Culture.”

Elsewhere

Coast Guard helping to clean up Constance Beach – KPLCTV.com

CAMERON PARISH, LA – Beach litter poses a threat to the environment and the local economy. That’s why the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit, of Lake Charles, is doing something about it.

The Coast Guard has claimed responsibility for the cleaning and upkeep of a mile-long stretch of Constance Beach.

U.S. Coast Guard hosts canned food drive for South Coast Food Share – The World

COOS BAY — A fitness challenge and food drive is underway to provide food cans for South Coast Food Share.

For the Thunderwater 3000, the U.S. Coast Guard Station Coos Bay members will run, bike or swim one mile for every canned food item donated to Oregon Coast Community Action between Sept. 1, 2013 and Nov. 20, 2013. Their goal is 3000 cans.

Efforts Underway to Free Fishing Vessel From Tinian Reef – Pacific News Center

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and agencies from the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) monitored response operations for the fishing vessel IL SIN HO, east of the port of Tinian.

Yesterday, September 17, 2013, the vessel owner completed negotiations with contractors for oily water removal from and salvage of the IL SIN HO. A plan was submitted to the Unified Command for review.

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