From the Bridge Wing 9-5-2013

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This Day in Coast Guard History:

1939 – President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed U.S. neutrality in World War II and ordered the Navy, augmented by the Coast Guard, to establish neutrality patrols.

1946 – The U.S. Air-Rescue Agency, an inter-departmental group headed by the Commandant of the Coast Guard and engaged in the study of improved and standardized rescue and search methods, was renamed the Search and Rescue Agency. “Search and Rescue Units of the Coast Guard were at the same time integrated into the peace time organization and the whole developed into a system of constantly alerted communications, coastal lookout, and patrols of institute instant and systematic search and rescue procedure in case of disasters.”


Coast Guard member recognized as Service Member of the Month in NC – Coast Guard Mid Atlantic blog 

Petty Officer Second Class Kristine Phillips, a yeoman at Special Missions Training Center in Camp LeJune, N.C. and native of Poway, Calif., was recognized Aug. 19, as the Greater Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee’s Service Member of the Month for August.

Devotion to duty: CAPT Ken Megan conducts final band performance – Coast Guard All Hands blog

In 1975, when I had been the director of the U.S. Coast Guard Band for about a month, a young music teacher from Massachusetts applied for a position as a music arranger. His music was first-rate and his interview was comfortable and confident, so we recruited him. Little did I know at the time that Ken Megan would become my longtime friend and colleague, or that he would serve the Coast Guard for nearly four decades and succeed me as director.

Recruit Journal Sierra 188 Week: 04 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog  [This is the entire entry]

This week was a big step for SIERRA company, we filled out our dream sheets and will find out where our first units will be next week. During the week we went to the Armory and learned about weapons safety and shot for score on the simulator. We took our physical fitness test, learned about Coast Guard history as well and different flags and pennants. There were a lot of recruits from the company who were reverted this week which is keeping us on our toes, with discipline and determination we will get through week five.

 Rescue in the Classroom – Coast Guard Compass blog

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Cutter Albacore leaped into action to save a man’s life, but they didn’t battle huge ocean waves, high winds or dangerous rip tide to do so. This rescue took place during history class.


 ME confirms body found near Ponce Inlet that of missing diver –

Officials said the body fit the description of missing Maitland diver Ryan Myers, but the medical examiner did not make a positive identification until Wednesday.

eGlobalTech wins 5-year contract with U.S. Coast Guard – Government Security News

eGlobalTech, a provider in management and IT consulting services for the federal government, has been awarded a 5-year contract by the U.S. Coast Guard for program management and technical support services at Coast Guard Headquarters.

U.S. Coast Guard Backs NIMASA Security Efforts – MarineLink

The United States Coast Guard has declared that the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) is on the right path to the successful implementation of the International Ships and Ports Facility Security (ISPS) Code in Nigeria.


San Diego aircrews are used to saving lives but earlier this week they helped bring a life into the world. Watch as they transport a flight surgeon and civilian midwife to assist with the delivery of a baby girl at sea.

An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego transports medical personnel to a cargo ship approximately 100 miles southwest of San Diego to assist with the delivery of a baby, Sept. 2, 2013. A Coast Guard flight surgeon and a civilian midwife were hoisted to the ship and successfully assisted in the delivery of a baby girl. U.S. Coast Guard video by Sector San Diego.

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