From the Bridge Wing 8-16-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1918 – Keeper John Allen Midgett and his crew of five from Station No. 179 at Chicamacomico, North Carolina rescued the crew of the mined British tanker SS Mirlo.  All but one of the lifesavers were named Midgett and each received the Gold Lifesaving Medal for their actions.

1941 – The Honolulu Coast Guard District was transferred to the Navy.

1999 – For the first time weapons were fired from a Coast Guard HITRON helicopter “to execute the interdiction of a maritime drug smuggler.”


Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation awarded to Special Missions Training Center – Coast Guard MidAtlantic Blog

The Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center Camp Lejeune North Carolina, earned another accolade by which to uphold its Center of Excellence designation on July 11, 2013,. Adding to Boats Tactics Branch’s receipt of Kimball Awards in both 2011 and 2013, SMTC’s Tactical Coxswain Course (TCC-A) is now a Federal Law Enforcement Training Accreditation accredited course.

Recruit Company Romeo 188 Week: 02 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

Romeo-188 has arrived at Cape May, New Jersey. Spirits were high as each member met each other at the USO office at the Philadelphia International Airport. We sat around eating food, enjoying each other’s company and Watching Step Brothers. Once everyone had arrived we got the 30 minute check in and everyone started placing final calls to their loved ones. Boarding the bus everyone was quite but once on board spirits were high again. As we came close to the end of our hour and a half we became nervous and anxious. We were met at the gate by a police vehicle that escorted us to where we would get off. Waiting for us were five company commanders. Next thing we knew, our bus is getting boarded and they are yelling at us to get off the bus in 15 seconds. We make a mad dash to find our bags in all the confusion and in the darkness of night. We stayed up until 0130 completing paper work and getting situated in our racks.

Coast Guard and Kodiak volunteers aid military veterans through outdoor recreation – Coast Guard Alaska blog

he Military Order of the Purple Heart Medal was chartered by an act of Congress in August 1953 to recognize the sacrifices of military servicemembers wounded in combat. Nearly 60 years to the day after the medal’s creation Coast Guard and community members in Kodiak, Alaska, hosted six recovering warriors and disabled veterans from the Army, Navy and National Guard for a week of relaxation and rehabilitation through Project Healing Waters.

Military Campaign Office takes all-hands-on-deck approach to eliminating sexual assaults from Coast Guard – Coast Guard All Hands blog

Military members generally associate the term military campaign with large scale, long duration and strategically planned military operations such as the American Revolution, World War I and World War II, Kosovo, Desert Storm, and the War on Terrorism, among others.

The Coast Guard’s most recent campaign may not involve the deployment of cutters, aircraft, boats and personnel, but the challenges are no less complex, the cause no less righteous and the need to achieve the objective is no less imperative. While the Coast Guard’s efforts in this campaign are primarily focused internally, the role of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Military Campaign Office is just as critical as those campaign staffs that supported combat operations.

Child’s wish comes true at Coast Guard air station in Kodiak, Alaska – Coast Guard Alaska blog

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak hosted Braeden Hahn and his family during a two-day event sponsored by the Make-A-Wish foundation’s Alaska chapter, July 24, 2013, in Kodiak, Alaska.

Braeden, a resident of New Jersey and fan of the television series Coast Guard Alaska, suffers from aplastic anemia, a life-threatening disease in which the bone marrow and blood stem cells there are damaged, causing a deficiency in the reproduction of mature forms of our three different blood cell types: red, white and platelets.

Bringing Eleanor home – Coast Guard Compass blog

On paper, it’s referred to as a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle, one of the 281,000 built since the Humvee’s adoption by the U.S. military in 1985.

To friends and historians, the sand-colored military vehicle is known instead as Eleanor II, and she’s one of a kind. She not only symbolizes the Coast Guard’s quiet contributions to the war in Afghanistan, but this particular Humvee also represents the layered connections between history, family and military service.

Coast Guard Cutter Healy: Mission update Aug. 11, 2013 – Coast Guard Alaska blog

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy is a 420-foot medium endurance icebreaker based in Seattle, with a crew of about 85 and up to 35 scientists aboard. We now join the Healy’s Arctic Summer West 2013 deployment already in progress. Republished with permission from Ensign Rebecca Follmer, a member of the ship’s operations department and public affairs officer aboard Healy.


Another retired USCGC admiral named to head BSEE – MarineLog

When James Watson steps down as Director of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) at the end of this month, he will be succeeded by another retired Coast Guard admiral. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today named former Vice Admiral Brian Salerno to head the bureau, which provides federal oversight for oil and gas operations on the Outer Continental Shelf.

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