From the Bridge Wing 9-4-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1945 – The Coast Guard Cutter CG 83525 became the first and only cutter to host an official surrender ceremony when Imperial Japanese Army Second Lieutenant Kinichi Yamada surrendered the garrison of Aguijan Island on board this Coast Guard 83-footer.  Rear Admiral Marshall R. Greer, USN, accepted their surrender for the United States.

Blogs

Two-week cruise becomes learning experience for Coast Guard vessel inspector – Coast Guard Alaska blog

A two-week journey along Alaska’s coast aboard a cruise ship might sound like a dream vacation to some, but it’s just another day at the office for a Coast Guard vessel inspector.

Coordinating the Coast Guard response to sexual assault – Coast Guard All Hands blog

Forty-five participants from 30 units. Twelve Topics. Eight speakers in three August days. One vital purpose – U.S. Coast Guard Sexual Assault Response Coordinator Training.

Backed by science – Coast Guard Heartland blog

Growing up, did you ever do something that was, let’s say, less than advisable? Maybe climbing that particular tree wasn’t such a good idea? Maybe stepping on that particular elderly gentleman’s lawn ruined your day? Wouldn’t it have been great to have a friend there to tell you, ‘Hey man, that branch looks rotten’? Or, “I wouldn’t steal old man Wither’s lawn gnome, he throws a nasty hook.” And wouldn’t it be cool if your friend could back up his recommendations with hard science?

The Coast Guard’s 8th District has that kind of friend.

From the CO: ‘It’s not JUST 8 weeks. Come Ready.’ – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

The Coast Guard is the most selective and recruits the most qualified personnel of any of the military services. Our recruits have the highest ASVAB scores and the most education of any of our fellow services. Due to our selective enlistment process, the average applicant will wait six to eight months before reporting to boot camp, and many times this wait is even longer.

“Survive your dive” – Coast Guard stresses proper planning and safety gear – Coast Guard Pacific Southwest blog

When you look below the surface, there’s a lot involved in diving safety.

Diving looks like a fun, adventurous activity. Fishing, exploring shipwrecks, or just enjoying the beauty of the ocean are all popular aspects of the sport. But in the past year, there have been at least seven reported cases of recreational diving deaths off the Northern California coast, primarily during abalone season, and more than 25 recreational SCUBA diving deaths and injuries all along the coast from Monterey to San Diego.

Recruit Journal Oscar 188 Week: 07 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

Oscar’s first day of week 08 had some pretty exciting events. The whole feeling of basic training is starting to have a lighter feel to it. Probably because we’re not nearly as clueless as we used to be.

Elsewhere

Coast Guard retiree recalls long-ago night of lifesaving heroism – The Day

Seaman Sherwood Anderson received the Gold Lifesaving Medal for his rescue of a barge crew member on Dec. 15, 1955, when he was stationed at the Plum Island Lighthouse as a Coast Guard lighthouse tender. He is considering donating materials related to the rescue to the Coast Guard Museum planned for New London.

Video

Capt. Todd Prestidge, the commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., addresses new recruits at the service’s only enlisted basic training center. The average Coast Guard recruit company will lose more than 30 percent of its ranks to reversions, rephasals and washouts over the course the eight-week training program. The Coast Guard is the most selective and recruits the most qualified applicants for their rigorous basic training program.



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