From the Bridge Wing 9-8-2013

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This Day in Coast Guard History:

1934 – Surfboats and lifeboats from Coast Guard stations Shark River, Squan Beach, Sandy Hook and others responded to a deadly fire aboard the liner Morro Castle, rescuing 129 survivors.  Cutters Tampa and Cahoone also responded.  After failing to get the Morro Castle under tow due to the worsening weather, they recovered as many victims from the water as they could.  All told over 250 Coast Guardsmen participated in the rescue and recovery effort.  Eventually this maritime disaster led to a Senate investigation and subsequent changes in maritime safety regulations.

1953 – When the Panamanian SS Eugenia grounded as a result of the heavy weather generated off Cape Cod by Hurricane Carol, the Cape Cod Lifeboat Station removed 13 survivors by breeches buoy and 4 by the station’s DUKW, an amphibious surface craft.


Coast Guard Cutter Healy: Mission Update Sep. 1, 2013 – Coast Guard Alaska blog

We check in again with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot Seattle-based polar icebreaker, as they continue their Arctic West Summer 2013 deployment. Republished with permission from Ensign Rebecca Follmer, a member of the ship’s operations department and public affairs officer aboard Healy.

Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Aidalis Mills – Coast Guard Great Lakes blog

Recognized as a leader and humanitarian, this Hispanic woman is a shining example of what it means to volunteer, not just to Latina and Hispanic women, but to everyone regardless of gender or race.

Aidalis Mills, the management and program analyst for the Coast Guard 9th District Planning and Force Readiness Branch, was awarded the LATINA Style Meritorious Service Award at the Distinguished Military Awards Luncheon during the 10th Annual National Latina Symposium in Arlington, Va., Sept. 5, 2013.

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

This morning was one of the worse we had to endure and not because we had to “sweat,” but because we had to watch our squad leaders do incentive training for hours. They were punished because we were extremely late to get on line after showers and boy did they have to pay for it. It’s the worst feeling in the world when you can’t help shipmates out for something you did.

Coast Guard, civilian rise to the Eco-Challenge, win annual race – Coast Guard Alaska blog

Late August saw the traditional running of the Kodiak Eco-Challenge. Now in its 11th year the challenge inspires community members to form four-person co-ed teams and race across parts of Kodiak Island.

The Eco-Challenge, sponsored and run by Coast Guard Base Kodiak MWR, is a race built around the ideas of ecology, good sportsmanship, competitiveness and all around good fun.


Coast Guard members from Air Station San Francisco conduct wet drill training at Station Golden Gate in Sausalito, Calif., Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. The training is held every year to increase the pilots, air crew, and rescue swimmers survival techniques, skills and equipment.  U.S. Coast Guard Video

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