Coast Guard welcomes new commanding officer of Training Center Yorktown

Coast Guard welcomes new commanding officer of Training Center Yorktown
YORKTOWN, Va. – Capt. Reed Stephenson assumed command of Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown during a change of command ceremony Wednesday. Stephenson relieved Capt. William Milne, who served as the training center’s commanding officer since April 2009. As commanding officer of TraCen Yorktown, Stephenson will be responsible for more than 800 military, civilian, and contract employees supporting...

U.S. Coast Guard units rally during Duluth flood response

U.S. Coast Guard units rally during Duluth flood response
By Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Schofield There is no way to know exactly how much water came through the Duluth area, but one thing is for certain, it was a devastating amount. Residents in and around the Duluth area found this reality out in a harsh way, June 20, 2012. The U.S. Coast Guard — an integral part of this community — was eager to help save people’s lives, first and foremost, then...

Coast Guard Cutter Mako to hold change of command ceremony in Cape May, NJ

Coast Guard Cutter Mako to hold change of command ceremony in Cape May, NJ
CAPE MAY, N.J. ─ The crew of the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Mako, a coastal patrol boat homeported here, is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, Thursday at 11 a.m. During the ceremony, Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher C. Lombard will relinquish command of the Mako and crew to Senior Chief Petty Officer William D. Hollandsworth. Hollandsworth...

Coast Guard assists 4 people aboard disabled vessel in Lake Michigan

Coast Guard assists 4 people aboard disabled vessel in Lake Michigan
CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard rescue boatcrew assisted four people after their 21-foot recreational vessel became disabled in Lake Michigan, Wednesday morning. Search and rescue controllers at the Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan Command Center, in Milwaukee, received a call from a man on land, who stated that his friend was experiencing engine troubles aboard his boat. The reporting source then lost...

New Coast Guard commander to lead Lake Charles unit

New Coast Guard commander to lead Lake Charles unit
LAKE CHARLES, La. — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles will hold a change-of-command ceremony at the Lake Charles Civic Center, Thursday at 10 a.m. Lt. Cmdr. Robert C. Compher, who took command of Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles in 2009, will be relieved of his duties and responsibilities by Cmdr. Will E. Watson. Watson has served as executive officer at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas...

Portsmouth Coast Guardsman awarded Bronze Star

Portsmouth Coast Guardsman awarded Bronze Star
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A local Coast Guardsman was awarded the Bronze Star, the fourth-highest combat decoration, at the Portsmouth Federal Building, Tuesday for his performance in transitioning border security advisory responsibilities from the U.S. Forces-Iraq to the Iraqi government. Capt. Steven Banks, from New Preston, Conn., deployed May to December 2011, as the Department of Homeland Security attaché...

Coast Guard Communication Station Kodiak to hold change of command ceremony

Coast Guard Communication Station Kodiak to hold change of command ceremony
KODIAK, Alaska — Lt. Cmdr. Paul Salerno will relieve Cmdr. Peter Van Ness as commanding officer of Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak during a formal ceremony at the unit Friday at 1 p.m. Van Ness has commanded Communication Station Kodiak since June 2009. Van Ness’ next assignment will be at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Salerno is arriving from the Electronic System Support...

Coast Guard coordinates rescue off Bermuda using AMVER

Coast Guard coordinates rescue off Bermuda using AMVER
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District Command Center, here, coordinated a rescue approximately 260 miles northwest of Bermuda, Tuesday. At approximately 6 a.m., Coast Guard watchstanders received notification from crew aboard the sailing vessel Avenir that they were disabled, adrift and had crewmembers needing medevacs. The crew of the Avenir reported they had lost their...

Coast Guard ready for Boston Harborfest, War of 1812 bicentennial

Coast Guard ready for Boston Harborfest, War of 1812 bicentennial
BOSTON — The Coast Guard will participate in Boston’s Fleet Week and Boston Harborfest 2012, commemorating the War of 1812, scheduled to begin June 28 through July 6, 2012. The 31st annual Boston Harborfest will commence during the opening ceremony scheduled for Thursday, paying tribute to the war’s bicentennial. During this time, Rear Adm. Daniel B. Abel, commander of the 1st Coast...