From the Bridge Wing 9-24-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1943 – The Coast Guard-manned USS LST-167 and the USS LST-334, with a partial Coast Guard crew, landed troops during the invasion and liberation of Vella Lavella in the central Solomons despite fierce resistance from the Japanese defenders. Japanese aircraft attacked the invasion fleet, hitting LST-167 with two bombs that killed 10 of her crew and wounded 10 more. Five crewmen were reported as missing in action. The LST was later salvaged.

1947 – The Coast Guard announced that it had virtually completed the return of United States buoys, lights, and other aids to navigation to a peacetime basis.

2002 – The Coast Guard announced the award of a $611 million contract for the production, deployment and support of “Rescue 21,” a
modernization of the National Distress and Response System. “Rescue 21” was planned to be the nation’s primary maritime “911” system for coastal waters of the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, and navigable rivers and lakes within the United States.

2005 – Hurricane Rita made landfall just east of Sabine Pass, on the Texas-Louisiana line, as a Category 3 hurricane with top sustained winds of 120 mph. Coast Guard units, some still in the area from Hurricane Katrina rescue and relief efforts, responded. They saved 138 lives and evacuated 53 people.

Blogs

Ombudsmen help Coast Guard families in Alaska – Coast Guard Alaska blog

Coast Guard ombudsmen are a volunteer force and serve as a vital link that connect family members with their loved ones serving at units throughout the nation.

Ombudsmen are officially appointed by unit commands and are trained to facilitate communications between Coast Guard commands and families and provide support during deployments, emergencies and times of crisis. Additionally, they help the command ensure the morale, safety, health and efficiency of personnel and their families, thereby increasing military readiness

STAN 2.0: New Boat Forces standardization policy – Coast Guard All Hands blog

STAN 2.0 is the result of extensive feedback to the Office of Boat Forces from multiple sources, including field units and formal analyses, recommending improvements to the legacy standardization system. In Jan. 2012, recommendations were collected by Boat Forces from Coast Guard Headquarters, Force Readiness Command, area, district, sector and operational station commands. STAN 2.0 was tested by operational units and received positive feedback.

Cadence Contest 2013: Old Man James – Coast Guard Compass blog

Fourteen. That’s the number of search and rescue cases that Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz has worked where he and his crew couldn’t rescue everyone. If he’s asked how many cases he’s worked where he’s saved a life, he just shrugs and says “I don’t really count them because I was just doing my job.”

However, it’s the people that Bauz couldn’t save that haunt him, and he can describe in vivid detail the time that he and his crew tried to save a man mortally wounded by a boat’s propeller near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in Virginia. His eyes cloud as he remembers jumping in the water to pull a man from the cockpit of a downed aircraft to only find his lifeless body.

Fighting fire, breaking ice – Coast Guard Alaska blog

“Now, the Coast Guard Cutter Healy has entered a training environment,” boomed a disembodied voice over the intercom system. “All events will be drills unless otherwise stated.”

That’s the only hint the crew needed. They were poised for something; they just didn’t know what, exactly.

Elsewhere

USCG Cutter Mellon visits Juneau – KTOO News

The Coast Guard Cutter Mellon pulled into Station Juneau Monday morning.

The 378-foot High Endurance cutter is based in Seattle. Coast Guard Spokesman Kip Wadlow says the Mellow is in Southeast Alaska on a “shakedown cruise” to conduct equipment tests before heading back to homeport.

Video

Recruits from Coast Guard Training Center Cape May call “Old Man James,” the first finalist in the Coast Guard Boot Camp’s Top Cadence of 2013.“Old Man James” chronicles the life and death of Captain Joshua James, a member of the U.S. Lifesaving Service and one of the most celebrated lifesavers in history. The Lifesaving Service was combined with the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to create the modern day Coast Guard. James is credited with saving more than 600 lives, but it’s the tragic events that led to James’ death that the cadence focuses on in his cadence.
Cadence written by Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz, Recruit Company Commander, Coast Guard Training Center Cape May.
Coast Guard video by Chief Warrant Office Donnie Brzuska.

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