From the Bridge Wing 9-22-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1943 – Coast Guardsmen participated in the invasion and liberation of Finschafen, New Guinea. An Allied invasion fleet, including Coast Guard-manned landing ships, landed Australian troops. Coast Guard-manned ships in the invasion fleet included USS LST-18, LST-67, LST-168, and LST-204. There were no casualties among the Coast Guard vessels.

1990 – Port Security Unit 301 became the second reserve Coast Guard port security unit deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield. PSU 301 was staffed by reservists from Buffalo, New York. They were stationed in Al-Jubayl, Saudi Arabia.

Blogs

Counting Quals – Coast Guard Alaska blog

A man stands on the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, blue hardhat atop his head, helping to direct line handlers as a bulky piece of scientific equipment is lowered into the water.

Three days later, a newly qualified smallboat crewman leans over the side of the Healy’s Arctic Survey Boat to retrieve an unmanned aerial system from the icy Arctic Ocean.

Recruit Journal Uniform 188: Week 03 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

Week three has been a busy one for Uniform-188. Seven Days may not be a lot of time for transformation in the “real” world, but here at TRACEN Cape May, a major development is expected of you every single day.

Each morning, we begin our day with a wake-up call of “FIRE! FIRE! FIRE” and a whistle being blown and the bright white light coming on instantly. Fire! Fire! Fire! means that we’re going outside to do an incentive training session, which consists of pushups, squats, sit ups and flutter kicks. It’s a really stressful way to be awakened, especially when you’re in a deep sleep or dreaming.

The life he loved and lived: Remembering BM3 Michael O’Neill – Coast Guard Compass blog

He was a son. He was a shipmate. He was a Coast Guardsman. He died in service to his country and his name was Michael O’Neill.

Mike’s journey serving his nation started in August 1991 when he reported to his first unit, Coast Guard Cutter Baranof. Mike was a seaman apprentice when he reported, but his youth and inexperience was no match for his desire to serve.

Elsewhere

U.S. Coast Guard use 1930s-era tall ship Eagle to train its leaders of tomorrow – Daily Press

The realization hit Seaman Michael Gattrelle after a couple days at sea.

“I was thinking, we’re being powered by sails right now,” he said. “That’s it.”

Schumer: Coast Guard agrees to speed up permitting for Goethals Bridge replacement – SILive.com

Bowing to pressure, the U.S. Coast Guard will expedite its review of critical permits to keep the Goethals Bridge replacement project on track, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer announced Friday.

Schumer said that during a private meeting with Coast Guard brass Thursday night, they agreed to bring on additional staff from other projects to get the permitting process moving pronto.

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