From the Bridge Wing 11-20-13


Today in Coast Guard History

1943 – Landings commenced at Makin and Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands. The Coast Guard-manned assault transport USS Leonard Wood, veteran of the landings made in the Mediterranean, participated. She landed 1,788 officers and men of the 165th Combat Team of the U.S. Army’s 27th Division, on Makin Island. Coast Guard-manned LST-20, LST-23, LST-69, LST-169, LST-205, and the USS Arthur Middleton, and the following Navy ships with partial Coast Guard crews: USSs Heywood, Bellatrix, and William P. Biddle, participated in the bloody assault of Tarawa.


TSA Travel Tip: TSA Pre✓™ for military members expanded to 100 airports – Coast Guard All Hands

Last week, the Transportation Security Administration and Department of Defense announced a partnership to expand TSA Pre✓™ expedited screening benefits to more than 2.6 million U.S. Armed Forces service members in the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy, as well as the Reserves and National Guard.

A ‘tower of strength’ – Coast Guard Compass

Around 1 a.m. on Feb. 3, 1943, German submarine U-223 torpedoed the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester, which carried more than 900 troops, civilian contractors and crew, off the coast of Greenland. Coast Guard Cutter Comanche served as one of the escorts for Dorchester and the Coast Guard crew began to search for survivors in the water.

The temperature was below freezing, with sea spray icing Comanche’s decks and superstructure. Many of the survivors who were in the water were already lifeless, but lookouts spotted lifeboats full of survivors. Comanche crewmembers took action and one of the men who volunteered to dive into the treacherous, North Atlantic waters was Stewards-Mate 1st Class Charles David Jr.


The Coast Guard Wants To Get Its Hands On 14 C-27J Spartan Planes – Business Insider

Along with the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Coast Guard has shown interests in the C-27J. In an interesting interview with Defense News, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Papp said that the service wanted all 21 aircraft scrapped by the Air Force. However, they will get 14 or fewer (considering that the Forest Service will eventually get a few of them).


Coast Guard hoists stranded hikers in Arch Cape, Ore
The Coast Guard rescues two hikers stranded on rocks at Hug Point State Park in Arch Cape, Ore., Nov. 17, 2013. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria, Ore., hoists the two hikers who had become trapped by the incoming tide.
U.S. Coast Guard video

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