From the Bridge Wing 9-17-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1999 – Coast Guard Cutter Dallas returned to Charleston after an 84-day deployment to the Mediterranean and Black seas.  Originally scheduled to go to the Adriatic and Ionian seas in support of NATO forces engaged in Kosovo, Dallas turned to support the U.S. 6th Fleet after tensions in Kosovo eased. Dallas also visited several ports not normally seen by Coast Guard crews, including Rota, Spain; Souda Bay, Crete; Haifa, Israel; and Antayla, Turkey. Semper Nostra Optima


2004 – The Coast Guard made the largest cocaine seizure in its history (to date) when Coast Guard and Navy forces located and seized 30,000 pounds of cocaine aboard the fishing vessel Lina Maria approximately 300 miles southwest of the Galapagos Islands.  LEDET 108, embarked aboard the USS Curts, made the seizure.  A second Coast Guard and Navy team intercepted theLina Maria’s sister ship, the fishing vessel San Jose, 500 miles west of the Galapagos, and discovered and seized 26,250 pounds of cocaine.


Recruit Journal Uniform 188 Week: 02 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

Week two has been a week of both pain and gain for Uniform-188. Even though we have barely scratched the surface, we’ve learned a lot and are finally seeing ourselves start to come together. So far, everyday is just a constant cycle of us being told what to do, messing it up, and then paying the price for our mistakes.

Recruit Journal Tango 188 Week:03 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

We made it to divine hours. We have from 0800 until1300 to get our racks squared away, shine our boondockers, study, iron uniforms, write and read letters and clean. It is a chance to get organized and the time is free of classroom and physical training. After divine hours we went to the gym for a circuit training exercise lead by Chief Blackman. Chief Blackman’s enthusiasm during this workout makes it an enjoyable time for the company. He joined us for the second round. He does not just tell us what to do, he practices it as well. He lives and breathes the Coast Guard with pride. We left the workout feeling fulfilled and successful.

Recruit Journal Quebec 188 Week: Ø7 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

We were all nervous to start week Ø7, but it turned out to be a pretty good day. All of our chow times are pushed back and hour or two, so that’s a pretty refreshing change. It was terrible having your first meal at Ø545 and your last at 163Ø. So now we’re eating at normal times. We had time before breakfast to go to the gym as a company, which also made starting the day a little better.


Ruby Ruff where are you? US Coast Guard veteran Jim Williams wants to return your photograph – Oregon Live

As a U.S. Coast Guard seaman and gunner’s mate in World War II, Jim Williams carried the photograph of a striking curly-haired redhead for more than two years. It was with him in the South and North Pacific Ocean and in the Coral, China, Solomon and Java seas as he served first on a refueling ship and later on a submarine hunter.

Norwalk Coast Guardsman receives 2nd award from US Army – Charleston, SC

BMC Barry Natale of Norwalk, CT was recently awarded the Army Achievement Medal from the 841st Transportation Battalion in Charleston, SC. Natale, 57, is on active duty orders and is serving as the Training Chief of a 70-member unit assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Station Charleston Military Outload (MOL) Division. Station Charleston’s MOL is responsible for providing waterborne security for more than 2.5 million square feet of sensitive cargo that transits Charleston Harbor annually.

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