From the Bridge Wing 8-24-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1912 – Congress gave effect to the convention between United States, Great Britain, Japan and Russia prohibiting taking of fur seals and sea otters in the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea by authorizing the President “to cause a guard or patrol to be maintained in the waters frequented by the seal herd or herds of seal otter.” The President tasked the Revenue Cutter Service with carrying out this patrol.

1990 – Coast Guard-manned Grumman E2C, #3501, assigned to Coast Guard Air Station St. Augustine, crashed during a landing at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, killing all four crewmen on board. They were: LT Duane E. Stenbak, LTJG Paul E. Perlt, LT Craig E. Lerner, and AT1 Matthew H. Baker. CGAS St. Augustine was disbanded soon thereafter and the remaining E2Cs were returned to the Navy.

1996 – Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton safely rescued the seven crewmen from fishing vessel Moriah after it sank 200 miles west of Adak.


In the community: The Coast Guard coloring book – Coast Guard All Hands blog

If you’ve ever hosted an elementary school group on a unit tour or visited a third-grade classroom, you probably know the challenge of keeping kids engaged. The under-12 set might “ooh and ahh” over a shiny helicopter or uniform bling, but they aren’t going to sit still for a PowerPoint deck to learn about the missions of the Coast Guard. Coast Guard Community Relations is happy to offer you a solution. A new Coast Guard coloring book is now available.

Recruit Journal Papa-188 Week: 05 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

Hey everyone! Look! We’re in week five now! How’s that for progress? However, with great power comes great responsibility. Well, something to that effect. Point being is we have more responsibility placed on us and the expectations are higher now.

Shipmate of the Week – AMT1 Pablo LaGarde – Coast Guard Compass blog

Living up to the Coast Guard’s motto of Semper Paratus, Always Ready, can mean many things to Coast Guard men and women. On a daily basis, being Semper Paratus is about executing the mission, whether saving lives, defending the nation or protecting the environment.

As an aviation maintenance technician, Petty Officer 1st Class Pablo LaGarde is ready at all times to keep a fleet of airplanes equipped to execute demanding missions. Assigned to Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., LaGarde performs a multitude of tasks from metalsmithing and inspections to tire changes and repairs.

For LaGarde, Semper Paratus usually involves keeping the Coast Guard airborne. But one summer’s day, LaGarde found himself ready to save a life.


The Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark will be commissioned today at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach. The Paul Clark is a 154-foot Fast Response Cutter named after Fireman First Class Paul Clark. He received the Navy Cross -second only to the Medal of Honor- for valorous efforts during an amphibious assault on French Morocco during World War II. More of his story can be found here.. In the video Joanne Kropp, the ship sponsor and granddaughter of Paul Clark, along with Fred Bucheit, whose fathers life was saved by Clark, talk about what the event means to them.

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