From the Bridge Wing 10-23-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1818 – United States Revenue Cutter Monroe captured the armed brig Columbia inside the Virginia Capes. Columbia had been “cut out” of a Venezuelan fleet by pirates.


New military website teaches parenting skills – Coast Guard All Hands blog

The Department of Defense launched a new website ealier today aimed at helping active duty, reserve and veteran military parents communicate with their children. is a free, online course providing a “boot camp” approach to the basics of parenting.

Rescue highlights the importance of being prepared for worst case scenarios in Alaskan waters – Coast Guard Alaska blog

Anyone who has plied the waters of Alaska can attest to the many dangers facing mariners, and the rescue of five crewmen aboard the fishing vessel Western Venture, Oct. 20, has cast new light upon the importance of being prepared and the benefit of a Coast Guard presence in the Aleutian Islands.

Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay – Then and Now – Coast Guard Pacific Southwest blog

The Coast Guard Air Station responsible for the northern coast of California was established in the 1970s, but the airport’s history dates back to the early 1940s.

Zulu 188 Recruit Journal: Week 02 – Coast Guard Compass blog

When ZULU-188 arrived on the bus in Cape May we probably all heard our entire lives worth of screaming. Strait fear was plastered on all our faces. Little did we know the real nightmare would actually start that Friday when we were snatched up by our Company Commanders. Imagine your worst nightmare then imagine waking up to it being totally real.

Ready to respond: FOL Cold Bay – Coast Guard Compass blog

For many, the fall season means cooling temperatures, leaves turning and all things pumpkin. But for the men and women of Air Station Kodiak, the fall is all about the cold, Cold Bay to be exact.

Kodiak stood up a seasonal forward operating location in Cold Bay, Alaska, in advance of winter fisheries with one MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and rotating crews. A second helicopter and crew will remain at the ready in Kodiak to assist in any long-range or complex cases.



Judge dismisses fraud case against Bollinger –

A federal judge has dismissed the government’s case against Bollinger Shipyards Inc. over the stretching of eight U.S. Coast Guard cutters saying the U.S. failed to prove any fraud in the $80 million project.


The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter MOHAWK, homeported in Key West, Florida, was awarded the 2013 Coast Guard Foundation award for mission excellence at the 33rd Annual Salute to the United States Coast Guard, October 10, 2013.

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