From the Bridge Wing 9-21-2013

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This Day in Coast Guard History:

1791 – Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton authorized an allowance of nine cents for every ration that Revenue officers did not draw.

1922 – Congress authorized officers of the Customs and of the Coast Guard to board and examine vessels, reaffirming their authority to seize and secure vessels for security of the revenue under the Act of March 2, 1799.

1938 – A hurricane hit the northeast coast, wreaking havoc among the lighthouses and the light keepers there. First assistant keeper Walter B. Eberle of the Whale Rock light was killed when his lighthouse was swept into the sea. The wife of head keeper Arthur A. Small was killed when she was swept away from the Palmer Island Light Station. The keeper of the Prudence Island Light Station’s wife and son were drowned when that light station was swept into the sea. Many more stations and depots were severely damaged as well.

1957 – The German training barque Pamir with 90 persons on board, including 54 German naval cadets, foundered and sank in extremely rough seas 500 miles west of the Azores. The CGC Absecon, manning Ocean Station Delta, intercepted the SOS message and immediately proceeded to the scene. Three days later, the cutter and assisting vessels rescued six survivors, but the remaining 84 remained missing. The search continued for seven days, with Absecon directing on-scene operations of 60 merchant vessels from 13 nations, as well as American and Portuguese aircraft.

1987 – Coast Guard units responded when two freighters, Pacbaroness and Atlantic Wing, collided in a dense fog off the coast of Santa Barbara. The Pacbaroness sank, causing a large oil spill. Coast Guard units that responded included: CGCs Conifer & Point Judith; AIRSTAs Los Angeles, Sacramento, & San Francisco; MSO Los Angeles/Long Beach; Pacific Strike Team; MSD Santa Barbara; 11th District (m) and (dpa); Public Affairs Liaison Office and the Public Information Assist Team from Headquarters.

1989 – Coast Guard units from New York rescued 61 survivors of U.S. Air Flight 5050 after it skidded off a runway of LaGuardia Airport and into the Rikers Island Channel. Two persons were killed.

1989 – Hurricane Hugo made landfall on the continental United States at Charleston, South Carolina. The Coast Guard’s emergency command post had to be abandoned when the roof almost blew off. Base Charleston suffered severe damage, as well. Coast Guard units immediately began relief operations. Aircraft were airborne at first light that morning. They conducted SAR, performed medical evacuations, provided emergency communications with stricken areas, and transported relief personnel and equipment. More aircraft were flown in from AIRSTAs Traverse City and Mobile. From their staging area at AIRSTA Savannah, they delivered food and water to hard-hit areas such as McClellanville, SC, where 200 people were isolated and the entire town destroyed.

Blogs

Shipmate of the Week: AMT2 Shawn Pugmire – Coast Guard Compass blog

Lending a hand and performing simple acts of kindness are part of daily life for members of the U.S. Coast Guard. With stations, hangars and units woven into the fabric of our maritime communities, service is a central theme that resonates with all servicemembers.

But for Petty Officer 2nd Class Shawn Pugmire, service is not just a theme but also a naturally ingrained trait. It’s no wonder why the American Legion, the nation’s largest veteran organization, would want to honor him for his commitment to community.

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

Sundays are always a good day to reflect and recharge. We have our close order drill test coming up so we spent some time practicing the test. We also got into our service dress bravo’s and learned the specifics of how to properly wear them.

Responding to the Navy Yard shooting – Coast Guard All Hands blog

Following Monday’s tragedy at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard, Vice Adm. Manson Brown, deputy commandant for Mission Support and commanding officer of Coast Guard Headquarters, sent out the following message. While the admiral’s message was directed to all hands at CGHQ, it applies to all personnel throughout the service.

Elsewhere

Coast Guard chief measures 9/11 impacts – Forks Forum

On the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer Kevin Ziegler told the Forks Chamber of Commerce how “virtually overnight, life for every one in America changed,” Ziegler said. “For us, it was a switch from search and rescue focus to being more security-minded.”

Ziegler, officer-in-charge at the Coast Guard’s motor lifeboat Station Quillayute River and a 22-year veteran of the Coast Guard, spoke to the chamber at its luncheon meeting last week.

Coast Guard Auxiliary volunteer Chris Abernethy receives Sea Tow Foundation Golden Life Jacket Award – BoatingIndustry.com

Sea Tow Palm Beach President and Captain Will Beck presented Chris Abernethy of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGA) with the Sea Tow Foundation’s Golden Life Jacket Award on Wednesday, August 28. The presentation was made in the Sea Tow Palm Beach office in Riviera Beach, Fla. Abernethy received the award for his countless hours of volunteer service manning the communications desk at Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet and his dedication to promoting boating safety by teaching monthly Boating Safety Courses.

Video

A Sitka-based Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevacs a 72-year-old woman from the cruise ship Diamond Princess in Icy Strait Sept. 19, 2013. The woman, suffering from convulsions, was safely transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel in Sitka, about 100 miles south of Icy Strait. U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Sitka.

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