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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Ken White, Angel of the Airwaves

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 07:51
Ken White, a Canadian citizen, has dedicated more than 40 years to helping mariners in distress. He monitors a wide range of emergency frequencies and quickly passes any information on through to the Rescue Coordination Center in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Alameda, California. For his endless dedication to helping the maritime community, the Coast Guard awarded White the Coast Guard Public Service Commendation.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: “Semper Paratus”—Coast Guard men and women in Hurricane Maria

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 12:01
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarist J. Edwin Nieves compiled oral histories from Coast Guard members who responded in the wake of Hurricane Maria in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Every one of these recorded oral histories proved compelling and revealed the commitment to service, devotion to duty and willingness to make sacrifices that characterizes the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard community. Each of the interviewees made sacrifices for others and endured personal privations.
Categories: Marine Safety

U.S. Coast Guard employs drone to inspect new ATON structures

Mon, 04/15/2019 - 08:00
U.S. Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit Providence, Rhode Island, piloted a short range Unmanned Aerial System to inspect the construction of new Aids to Navigation structures. The UAS saved the CEU more than 30 hours of work and reduced the risk of having to climb the structures. “The UAS has allowed us to be more self-sufficient when it comes to accessing hard to reach assets, so we can better serve our operational partners,” Lt. Kieron D. McCarthy.
Categories: Marine Safety

A Fitting Tribute: The commissioning of Coast Guard Cutter Terrell Horne

Fri, 04/12/2019 - 08:00
In 2012, Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III made the ultimate sacrifice to save the life of his coxswain during a law enforcement mission that ended in a collision off the coast of Southern California. On March 21, 2019, the Coast Guard paid tribute to Horne by commissioning the Coast Guard's newest Fast Response Cutter in his name. This new cutter honors his bravery, dedication and spirit of public service.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Danny Hahn

Thu, 04/11/2019 - 10:50
Daniel "Danny" Hahn came from a family long associated with the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland. He served 50 years continuously at the Yard and set the record as the longest-serving wage grade civilian in Coast Guard history. He died in 2017 but will always be remembered as a hard-working Coast Guard civilian who served with distinction as a member of the long blue line.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Chief Petty Officer Milton Casey

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 08:00
Coast Guard recruits who have recently spent time at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, may know Chief Petty Officer Milton Casey as a stern company commander. Beyond his duties training incoming service members with his authoritative voice, Smokey Bear hat and unnaturally shiny boots, he is a dedicated family man and consummate community volunteer.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Icarus – WWII combat cutter, OPC namesake

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 08:00
In 1942, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Icarus, commanded by Lt. Maurice Jester, sank German U-352 off the coast of North Carolina. Shortly after sinking, the Coast Guard crew rescued 33 survivors of the 48-man crew - they were the first enemy combatants captured by U.S. forces in World War II. The cutter was decommissioned in 1948 but will soon live on as the namesake of the sixth in the first flight of Offshore Patrol Cutters in the "Heritage"-class.
Categories: Marine Safety

State of the Coast Guard 2019: With our people

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 11:00
Last month, I had the honor of giving my first State of the Coast Guard Address in Los Angeles where our tremendous men and women protect our Nation’s maritime interests every day. Throughout my remarks, I tried to highlight our greatest strength, and the cornerstone of our Readiness, the dedicated men and women of the Coast Guard. As I look to the future, I am tremendously optimistic that our Service will remain strong, adaptive, and resilient to the challenges ahead.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: James “Jimmy” Coleman

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 08:00
James “Jimmy” Coleman, Jr. never served in uniform but he was a well-respected member of the U.S. Coast Guard family. Coleman was a philanthropist who very much believed in the Coast Guard mission and its history. One could say the National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut, would not be what it is today without him. Coleman died at 77 on March 21, 2019 in his hometown of New Orleans.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: A wartime rescue by Cutter Argo 75 years ago

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 08:00
It's been 75 years since the wartime search and rescue efforts of the cutter Argo but it will forever remain a chapter in the saga of the long blue line. Cutters Argo and Thetis were part of a convoy off Cape May, New Jersey, when American tanker Camas Meadows steamed unescorted by an inexperienced crew, fatally rammed a Navy patrol gunboat. Argo's officer of the day activated a search and rescue operation and rescued 23 survivors - 106 crew members of the Navy gunboat were lost.
Categories: Marine Safety