From the Bridge Wing 9-23-2013

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This Day in Coast Guard History:

1967Coho Salmon Fishing Disaster – A severe squall carried through the Frankfort River Platte area of northern Lake Michigan. Twenty-five-foot waves generated by the squall caught off guard an estimated 1,000 small boats fishing for Coho salmon. Between 150 and 200 boats were beached and many more were either capsized or otherwise in distress. During the next four days Coast Guard aircraft flew 33 sorties for a total of 55 hours. State and Local police provided beach patrols and private individuals also aided in the operation. One of the greatest problems faced by the Coast Guard was the confusion created by the hundreds of people unaccounted for after the storm, most of whom were not in trouble but had just not contacted their friends or family. Each report of a missing person was carefully followed through so that within four days it was determined that seven had been recovered and only one person remained unaccounted for. The Coho salmon which attracted the large number of boats to the area remained in season for another three weeks and during this time the Coast Guard maintained daily aircraft and small boat patrols of the area.


The Korea Coast Guard partnership – Coast Guard Compass blog

By Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp.

I had the distinct honor this past week to represent the U.S. Coast Guard during an official visit to the Republic of Korea, hosted by Korea Coast Guard Commissioner General Kim Suk Kyoon. This was my third stop in a series of official visits to strengthen ties with partner maritime governance organizations and learn more about the dynamic Asia-Pacific Region.

Recruit Journal Romeo 188: Week 07 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog  Romeo 188 graduated last Friday. This was their last journal entry.

It’s as if Romeo reclined the chair and started lounging today. We were quizzed on required knowledge and way too many of us failed. Now we have some requirements before we go on off-base liberty. We got too comfortable and haven’t been reviewing enough.

It was also an off day because everyone was everywhere. We marched to chow today with 04 recruits- it was ridiculous. We also had first aid and CPR today. We were introduced to how fast we might actually be saving someone’s life.

Alaska Coast Guard members train to provide support for victims of sexual assault – Coast Guard Alaska blog

The problems of sexual assault and harassment are ones that, unfortunately, affect too many military service members and the Coast Guard is no exception. After such a traumatic and unsettling event, victims are often in need of support and that’s where Coast Guard victim advocates come in.

It’s time for Cadence Contest 2013! – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

The Coast Guard will begin releasing the services Top 5 Cadences of 2013 from its Cadence Contest giving the service fans chance to vote on their favorite, get a sneak peek at basic training, and learn about Coast Guard history, missions and culture. A new cadence will be release everyday on Facebook and YouTube through Friday.

“The days of the Coast Guard adopting other armed forces cadences are gone,” said Capt. Todd Prestidge, the commanding officer of Training Center Cape May. “The Cadence Contest has quickly developed a deep pool of original and motivating Coast Guard Jodie calls, which directly contribute to ensuring the Future of America’s Coast Guard is basic trained, physically fit and smartly disciplined.”

Last years winning cadence is below.



Coast Guard Reserve Unit Talks Old Times – The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

A dreary, rain-filled day did little to dampen the spirits of a group of Coast Guard reservists who gathered at the Wagon Shed at Oglebay Park to swap stories and admiration for a job well done. From 1954 to 1995, Warwood and later Moundsville, were home to the Wheeling Coast Guard Reserve Unit. The reservists constantly trained for non-combat events along the country’s waterways, including the Ohio River from Moundsville to New Martinsville and along the Wheeling waterfront.

U.S. Coast Guard Woodwind Quintet Will Take Listeners on a Transatlantic Voyage – The Patch

The United States Coast Guard Woodwind Quintet is poised to begin its free fall concert series. The first is on Sunday, September 29 at 2 p.m. in Leamy Concert Hall, followed by Park Congregational Church in Norwich on Monday October 7 at 7 p.m. The final performance is in Davidson Hall at Central Connecticut State University on Tuesday October 8 at 3 p.m.


Recruits from Coast Guard Training Center Cape May call “High Side Right Side,” which was named the Coast Guard Boot Camp’s Top Cadence of 2012. This cadence teaches recruits about the basics of piloting a motor lifeboat through heavy seas.
Cadence written by Chief Petty Officer Cory Wadley, officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Morro Bay, Calif.
Coast Guard video by Chief Warrant Office Donnie Brzuska.

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