From the Bridge Wing 9-20-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1932 – Cadets first moved into the newly constructed Coast Guard Academy at New London, Connecticut.

1944 – Coast Guardsmen participated in the invasions of Peleliu and Angaur.

Blogs

You are not forgotten: Expedition Alexander Hamilton/Ocean Reef – Coast Guard Compass blog

It’s not every day one gets to be involved in an expedition that touches the hearts of so many. People from all over the world, sacrificing time and resources, collaborated for the good of a common goal: to give closure to those who lost loved ones aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alexander Hamilton, destroyed during WWII.

Coast Guard committed to transparency in handling of sexual assault cases – Coast Guard All Hands blog

Breakout sessions completed at the Coast Guard’s inaugural Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit resulted in a consistent theme that greater transparency about the Coast Guard’s handling of sexual assault is necessary to increase awareness within the organization that sexual assault is a service-wide issue.

The Coast Guard implemented a communication strategy in August aimed directly at that need and has adopted a posture that favors the release of information about military justice cases involving charges of sexual assault. This effort will help provide the entire workforce, and other audiences, situational awareness of the service’s handling of sexual assault allegations while also demonstrating the fair and objective administration of justice and application of due process.

Coast Guard Cutter Healy Mission Update: Sept. 15 – Coast Guard Alaska blog

We check in again 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. Republished with permission from Ensign Rebecca Follmer, a member of the ship’s operations department and public affairs officer aboard Healy.

From the Homefront: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month – Coast Guard All Hands blog

Twice a month, Coast Guard All Hands features “From the Homefront,” a column for Coast Guard spouses by Coast Guard spouse Shelley Kimball.

One of my favorite things about Coast Guard life is getting to experience new cultures around the country. We live in South Florida, and we are pretty much immersed in the Hispanic community here. We have embraced the culture around us – so much that my daughter keeps asking me when she can have her own quinceanera, which is the Latin America celebration of a girl’s 15th birthday. She is not settling for the fact it doesn’t exist in our own Irish roots.

Weathering the seas – Coast Guard Compass blog

Coast Guard Barque Eagle is “America’s Tall Ship.” Through its training mission, the ship broadens the nautical heritage of Coast Guard cadets and officer candidates. In addition, the barque has uniquely served as an ambassador for the United States of America and the U.S. Coast Guard, at home and abroad, for 67 years.

With 23 sails harnessing wind as the ship’s primary means of propulsion, Eagle’s operators take the weather very seriously. While Eagle generally navigates in the direction of its next port call, the ship often sails on whatever wind is present.

Elsewhere

Siemens to Implement Energy Conservation Measures at U.S. Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City – Marketwatch

Siemens Government Technologies, Inc. announced today that the United States Coast Guard has awarded a $5.3 million task order to install and implement energy-conserving upgrades at the U.S. Coast Guard Base in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Using an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) from the Department of Energy, the cost of the project will be funded by the energy savings guaranteed by Siemens and will allow the U.S. Coast Guard to advance President Obama’s vision for energy stewardship at federal facilities while meeting many of its energy conservation goals.

Video

The Adventure Begins: Reporting-In Day (or R-Day) is both a beginning and an end. It is a chance to celebrate past accomplishments and reflect on a future of service and tradition. For incoming cadets it is a day of excitement, nervousness and anticipation. For parents, it is a day of reminiscence, and for all, it is a day of pride.

R-Day marks the first day of the time-honored tradition of Swab Summer. This exciting and intense seven-week training period forms the foundation of each cadet’s Academy experience and military career. Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty are the core values on which Swab Summer is based. Swabs emerge highly motivated and well-trained Coast Guard men and women who are ready to join the USCGA Corps of Cadets.

Coast Guard video by Petty Officer Richard Brahm

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