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  • From Coast Guard to Burlesque Performer: Santa Rosa Woman Reinvents Herself

    03/23/2016 4:38:12 PM PDT · by rey · 5 replies
    Only Sonoma ^ | 23 March 2016 | Amy Schaus
    ďIn a world that tells you to hate what you look like, being on stage is an expression of self-love.Ē Ė Kenyetta When youíre married for eight and half years to a member of the Coast Guard, a divorce signifies the end of the marriage and your home on a military base. With nowhere to go, Kenyetta joined the Coast Guard. With her sister on deck to care for her son in New York, she attended boot camp and upon graduation, she and her son returned to the base theyíd called home. Kenyettaís first military station assignment was at the...
  • Savior of VA's suicide hotline dropped 1.4M calls from vets (last 18 months)

    03/13/2016 7:10:12 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 9, 2016 | By Pete Kasperowicz
    A division of the Department of Veterans Affairs tasked with fixing up the VA's broken veteran suicide hotline has dropped roughly 1.4 million phone calls from veterans since fiscal year 2015, a VA whistleblower told the Washington Examiner. That high number of abandoned calls is raising questions about whether the VA is doing all it can to fix up the suicide hotline, which has been criticized as the latest part of the VA that is failing veterans. Scott Davis, a whistleblower and program specialist at the VA's Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta, noted that the VA's Health Resource Center is...
  • The Marine Corps can confirm ... active search & rescue ... for two CH-53 helicopters (off) of Oahu

    01/15/2016 5:31:09 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 40 replies
    USMC Facebook posting ^ | January 15 | USMC
    U.S. Marine Corps 22 mins *The Marine Corps can confirm there is an active search and rescue operation ongoing for two CH-53 helicopters of the coast of Oahu. The U.S. Coast Guard is currently conducting search and rescue operations. The aircraft are from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing from Marine Corps Base Hawaii. We will provide more details as they become available.* ‚ÄĒ Major Christian Devine, USMC
  • Beijing Builds ‚ÄėMonster‚Äô Ship for Patrolling the South China Sea

    01/14/2016 5:38:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 13, 2016 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    China has finished construction on a second 10,000-ton China Coast Guard (CCG) cutter destined for patrols in the South China Sea, Chinese state media reports. The ship, designated CCG 3901, ‚Äúhas been completed recently and is ready to start protecting China‚Äôs maritime rights,‚ÄĚ The Global Times announced. A sister ship, the CCG2901, already deployed to the East China Sea in 2015. The CCG 3901, constructed at Shanghai‚Äôs Jiangnan Shipyard, has been dubbed the ‚Äėmonster‚Äô by the media due to its unusual large size for a coast guard vessel. According to some sources, the vessel could have a displacement 12,000 to...
  • Geopolitical Icebergs

    12/30/2015 12:50:58 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 8 replies
    U.S. Naval Institue ^ | December 2015 | David P. Auerswald
    The Arctic geopolitical situation is changing rapidly. The Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the globe, with the region losing roughly 13 percent of its ice per decade. Melting ice has raised the possibility of access to new transshipment routes, fishing grounds, mineral deposits, vast petroleum reserves, and tourism opportunities. Use of the Northwest Passage across Canada or the Northern Sea Route across Russia could shorten transcontinental shipment distances by at least a third and open new venues for destination tourism. A truly transpolar route may be possible by 2030, which would shorten shipping times even more. On...
  • Rescued cat-carrying French yachtsman is fundraising for a new boat

    10/24/2015 4:30:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 5 replies
    Practical Boat Owner ^ | 10-23-15 | Laura Hodgetts
    Solo sailor Emmanuel Wattecamps has set up a fundraising page to try and buy a new boat after his yacht sank following a dramatic rescue. The 28-year-old Frenchman who is originally from Brittany, France was rescued from his stricken boat La Chimere on Tuesday, 20 October, approximately 400 miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska. His leap to safety from his 30ft yacht to the Swedish ice breaking ship Tor Viking in heavy seas, was filmed by a C-130 Hercules Coast Guard plane monitoring the rescue. Emmanuel said: ĎMy beloved new pet (and new best friend) Pipalup the cat and I...
  • Coast Guard to hold press conference in Jacksonville for search of El Faro crew

    10/07/2015 11:54:51 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    Coast Guard ^ | Oct 7, 2015
    The Coast Guard will hold a joint press briefing with the National Transportation Safety Board to provide updated information on the search for the crew of El Faro and the investigation Wednesday afternoon.
  • El Faro owners say mechanical failure left cargo ship adrift amid Hurricane Joaquin

    10/06/2015 6:33:38 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 46 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 06, 2015 | FoxNews
    The owners of a cargo ship that disappeared Thursday with 33 people on board as Hurricane Joaquin raged said the ship's captain had planned to skirt the storm, but was prevented from doing so by a mechanical failure that left the boat adrift in the path of the power storm. Phil Greene, president and CEO of ship owner Tote Services Inc., told the Associated Press the captain of the El Faro, whose name has not been released, had conferred with her sister ship ó which was returning to Jacksonville, Fla. along a similar route ó and determined the weather was...
  • **Photo and Video Available** Coast Guard holds press conference for missing container ship

    10/05/2015 2:49:25 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    U.S. Coast Guard, 7th Coast Guard District ^ | October 05, 2015 | U.S. Coast Guard, 7th Coast Guard District
    Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor responds to questions during a press conference for search-and-rescue operations for a missing container ship, El Faro, at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, Oct. 5, 2015. Thirty-three people were aboard the El Faro before it went missing in the Caribbean Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney.
  • Obama calls for more icebreakers despite lack of funds [global warming alert!]

    09/08/2015 5:32:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 9/8/15 | Rowan Scarborough
    President Obamaís urgent call to construct a new fleet of heavy Coast Guard icebreakers to monitor the contested Arctic is belied by his recent budgets that slashed funding for even one new ship. Mr. Obama, in a game of polar ice chess with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his 40-plus icebreakers, made the gap one of his themes as he toured Alaska last week. Officials say the U.S. needs to keep pace in the face of an increasingly serious challenge by Russia, which is making new territorial claims on the Arctic. But even by the White Houseís own internal projections,...
  • Happy 225th Birthday, Coast Guard!

    08/04/2015 11:21:10 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 4, 2015 | self
    Published on Aug 23, 2013 Freely downloadable at the Internet Archive, where I first uploaded it. "On overseas activities of the Coast Guard in World War II. Includes views of the amphibious invasions of Guadalcanal, North Africa, Anzio, Tarawa, Saipan, Luzon, Iwo Jima, Okinawa, Normandy, and South France. Cutters shoot down an airplane, patrol a Persian port, deliver supplies and men to Greenland, release depth charges, and sink a German boat. Coast Guardsmen place buoys in a port, load supplies on B-24 plane, load wounded Marines aboard transports off Tarawa, and rescue sailors of ships sunk by Japanese suicide planes...
  • Why is the US still using a Nazi tall ship?

    07/29/2015 7:42:24 AM PDT · by Freeport · 108 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 July 2015 | James Morgan
    The Eagle was built by the Nazis and fought for Hitler in World War Two - so how did a tall ship that once flew the swastika end up as a training vessel for new US Coast Guard cadets? Driving home along the coast of Connecticut one winter's evening, Tido Holtkamp saw a ghost. There she was - moored in the harbour, her three towering masts, draped with those familiar sails he had rigged back in the German Navy in World War Two. Her body had been repainted in the red, white and blue of the US, but her curves...
  • ĎA Liking for the Seaí | JFK and the USCG Eagle

    07/26/2015 9:25:44 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 13 replies
    A Continuous Lean ^ | 7/21/15 | Jared Paul Stern
    ĎA Liking for the Seaí | JFK and the USCG Eagle Jul 21st, 2015 | Categories: Americana, Jared Paul Stern | by Jared Paul Stern A majestic sight greeted visitors to Portland, Maineís waterfront the other day: the only active commissioned sailing vessel in American military service. The 295-ft. USCG Eagle, used as a training cutter for future officers of the United States Coast Guard, visited the city as part of the Tall Ships Portland Festival. The ship has a rather interesting history. Built as the German training vessel Horst Wessel in 1936, Adolf Hitler presided at its launch and...
  • Movie Trailer for ĎThe Finest Hoursí Ė The Remarkable True Story of the SS Pendleton Rescue

    07/10/2015 6:07:10 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 15 replies
    gCaptain ^ | July 9, 2015 | Mike Schuler
    Disney has just release its first trailer from its new film The Finest Hours, based on the remarkable true story of ¬ďthe greatest small boat rescue in U.S. Coast Guard history.¬Ē The film tells the story of the SS Pendleton, a 10,448 gross ton ¬ďT2‚Ä≥ tanker which broke in half during a fierce nor¬íeaster while off the coast of Cape Cod on February 18, 1952.
  • Obama tells Coast Guard grads climate change threatens U.S

    05/21/2015 6:24:48 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 47 replies
    NEW LONDON, Conn. (Reuters) - Rising seas and thawing permafrost caused by warmer global temperatures threaten U.S. military bases and will change the way the U.S. armed services defend the country, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday. In a commencement address at the United States Coast Guard Academy, Obama underscored the risks to national security posed by climate change, one of his top priorities for action in his remaining 19 months in office. "The threat of a changing climate cuts to the very core of your service," Obama told the 224 graduating cadets, who studied the impacts of global warming...
  • USCG: one boater rescued, four remain missing in Mobile Bay [regatta capizes by weather]

    04/26/2015 1:23:48 AM PDT · by topher · 7 replies
    Fox News TV 10 Mobile ^ | Posted: Apr 25, 2015 7:25 PM CST | By Liz Kuy, FOX10 Digital Executive Producer
    MOBILE, AL (WALA) - One boater was rescued, but four were still missing as the United States Coast Guard searched the waters of Mobile Bay after sailing vessels participating in a Dauphin Island sailing regatta capsized during a storm. The Coast Guard Sector Mobile received the report at approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday that the regatta was struck by severe weather causing multiple vessels to capsize and leaving multiple people on the water. The United States Coast Guard said 200 people were on 119 boats during the 57th annual iteration of the Dauphin Island Race.
  • With passage blocked, Coast Guard closes Oregon Inlet [NC]

    03/28/2015 8:18:25 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 18 replies
    The Outer Banks Voice ^ | March 28, 2015 | Rob Morris
    Oregon Inlet is closed to vessels drawing more than 2 feet, essentially shutting down the charter fishing fleet with four days left in the bluefin tuna season and Easter week approaching. Petty Officer Kathryn Bruner with the Coast Guard in Wilmington said Saturday that the closing was prompted by the latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers survey, which showed that search-and-rescue vessels can no longer get out of the inlet. Emergencies will be handled by helicopters out of the Coast Guardís air station in Elizabeth City, she said. A buffer zone of 100 yards on either side of the Bonner...
  • Italian Coastguard Arms Itself To Defend Against ISIS

    03/01/2015 12:10:51 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/1/15 | Thomas D. Williams
    Italyís coastguard announced Friday that it would allow its 11,000 members to carry weapons, following threats from Islamic militants in Libya, and recent confrontation with traffickers. Up till now, the Italian coastguard has operated on a different status from the ordinary military or even that of police officers, who have the right to carry firearms. Now the coastguard will be on a similar footing. This represents a noteworthy acceleration of events and a heightened understanding of the gravity of the situation. Just two weeks ago, the general commander of the coast guard himself, Admiral Felicio Angrisano, had said that there...
  • 1 arrested after crash into Grand Haven Coast Guard Station, personnel assaulted (MI)

    02/08/2015 7:18:28 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 25 replies
    mlive.com ^ | February 8, 2015 | Dillon Davis
    GRAND HAVEN, MI - A suspect is in custody this morning after breaking into the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Grand Haven and assaulting Coast Guard personnel, according to a release by the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety. Per the release, the male suspect crashed his truck through the gate of the Grand Haven Coast Guard Station, 601 S. Harbor Drive, before breaking into the facility at approximately 6:07 a.m, on Sunday, Feb. 8. The U.S. Coast Guard Station in Grand Haven is located at 601 S. Harbor Drive. U.S. Coast Guard The suspect, whose name has not yet...
  • Attack at Coast Guard Station in Grand Haven (Michigan)

    02/08/2015 7:19:53 AM PST · by cripplecreek · 62 replies
    Wood TV ^ | February 8, 2015 | By 24 Hour News 8 Web Staff
    GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD)Ė Officers from the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety are investigating after a man crashed his truck through the Coast Guard Station Gate and assaulted U.S. Coast Guard personnel. This happened just after 6:00 a.m. Sunday. According to officials, the suspect broke into the station and threatened he had an explosive device in his truck. Authorities say all U.S. Coast Guard personnel are safe. At this time, Harbor Drive and the boardwalk are closed until further notice. Residents of Sand Piper Condos are advised to shelter in place. If you live there, stay in your residence...
  • Shock: U.S. Coast Guard seeing sharp uptick in Cubans fleeing workersí paradise

    01/06/2015 12:23:17 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/06/2015 | Noah Rothman
    Despite its status among progressives as a veritable model for health care reformers and proponents of egalitarianism, the joint announcement by President Barack Obama and Cuban dictator Raul Castro of the normalization of bilateral relations has resulted in a sharp uptick in the number of Cubans desperately fleeing the island in makeshift dinghies. Who could have possibly seen this coming?The Coast Guard is reporting an 117 percent spike in December in the number of Cubans fleeing the island nation by boat. On Monday alone, the Coast Guard returned 121 Cubans back to the custody of authorities in Havana. They...
  • Cargo ship from Ebola-stricken Sierra Leone bound for Port Canaveral (Self-monitoring)

    10/31/2014 5:07:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 60 replies
    WOFL-TV ^ | October 31, 2014 | Derrol Nail, Reporter
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) - The EOT Spar is a 300-foot-long cargo ship due in Port Canaveral just 17 days after leaving the port of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone in West Africa. The country has documented 5,235 Ebola cases so far, according to the World Health Organization. The U.S. Coast Guard says federal requirements already in place, as well as self-monitoring by the crew is enough to reduce risk to Central Floridians. The Coast Guard says it is in close communication with the EOT Spar, an American-flagged cargo ship out of Annapolis, Maryland. It's scheduled...
  • Coast Guard sector issues new steps on Ebola virus

    10/07/2014 10:47:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle / The Associated Press ^ | October 7, 2014 | Jennifer Mcdermott
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) ó A U.S. Coast Guard sector says it will contact ships that have recently been to Ebola-affected countries to ask whether passengers have symptoms of the virus before they are allowed into port. The sector, which includes parts of New York and Connecticut, issued to the maritime community in Long Island Sound on Monday a bulletin that describes protocols being put into place due to the Ebola outbreak....
  • World War II Veteran Given Viking Funeral; U.S. Coast Guard Agreed to Norse Send-Off

    10/03/2014 10:18:42 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, October 2, 2014 | Douglas Ernst
    (U.S. Coast Guard photo) WWII veteran given Viking funeral; Coast Guard agreed to Norse send-off World War II veteran Andrew Haines decided years ago that he wanted a Norse-inspired funeral upon his death, and the U.S. Coast Guard obliged. Mr. Haines, who emigrated from Norway in 1927, scaled down blueprints for a 100-foot ship to a few feet in the years before he died. It was then up to the Coast Guard to decide whether it would ignite the boat and send-off Mr. HainesĎ cremated remains in accordance with his wishes. ďOh, I was thrilled,Ē Mr. Hainesí son Andy...
  • Government Agrees to Settlement for Raiding Reporterís Home, Seizing Confidential Files

    10/02/2014 7:19:50 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 32 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 10-2-14 | Rob Bluey
    An investigative reporter whose private files were illegally seized during a raid on her home will receive $50,000 as part of a settlement with the Department of Homeland Security. Audrey Hudson, an award-winning journalist most recently at the Washington Times, told The Daily Signal she was awoken by her barking dog around 4:30 a.m. on Aug. 6, 2013, to discover armed government agents had descended on her property under the cover of darkness. The agents had a search warrant for her husbandís firearms. As they scoured the home, Hudson was read her Miranda rights. While inside Hudsonís house, a U.S....
  • The Day the Coast Guard Saved America

    09/25/2014 2:20:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    <p>It was a fairly routine day at Michiganís Coast Guard Station Saginaw River Ė until the telephone rang. It was Thursday afternoon, September 18.</p> <p>A baby eagle had been spotted in the water by the captain of a sailboat. The bird was in distress. It was wounded and could not get up.</p>
  • Plenty of light! Feds are selling off lighthouses

    09/04/2014 1:58:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 4, 2014 2:14 AM EDT | Patrck Whittle
    Lighthouses for sale! Actually, lots of lighthouses for free. Technological advances and a desire to purge unneeded properties have paved the way for the federal government to get rid of more than 100 lighthouses over the last 14 years, and it intends to keep selling and giving them away. The sold lighthouses, located on both coasts and in the Great Lakes states, have become everything from museums to bed-and-breakfasts. [Ö] The federal General Services Administration, which sells the lighthouses, does not have a target number of how many lighthouses it would like to sell and give away, but the Coast...
  • U.S. Coast Guard vessel fires at Iranian boat in Persian Gulf

    08/28/2014 7:04:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    CBS News ^ | 08/28/2014
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, the Navy said Wednesday, an encounter that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries as they work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program. Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said personnel on a small boat dispatched from the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Monomoy fired a single shot when it saw crew on a nearby Iranian dhow training one of its two .50-caliber machine guns on them and preparing...
  • The American Flag Daily: The United States Coast Guard

    08/04/2014 4:13:17 AM PDT · by Master Zinja · 3 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | August 4, 2014 | JasonZ
    On August 4, 1790, the United States Revenue Cutter Service was established by Alexander Hamilton, and eventually evolved into the United States Coast Guard. Today, we raise the current version of the Coast Guard Ensign in honor of all who serve.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Happy 224th Birthday, United States Coast Guard ~ 04 August 2014

    08/03/2014 5:05:28 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 97 replies
    Serving The Best Troops & Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ August 4th ~ ~ Happy 224th Birthday, US Coast Guard!! ~ Canteen Mission StatementShowing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies militaryand the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. From Flotilla 76, Oregon The United States Coast Guard, one of the country's five armed services, is a unique agency of the federal government. We trace our history back to 4 August 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of ten vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling. Known variously through the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries...
  • Recruits' Ineligibility Tests the Military

    06/28/2014 9:11:18 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 64 replies
    WSJ ^ | June 27, 2014 | Mariam Jordan
    More than two-thirds of America's youth would fail to qualify for military service because of physical, behavioral or educational shortcomings, posing challenges to building the next generation of soldiers even as the U.S. draws down troops from conflict zones. The military deems many youngsters ineligible due to obesity, lack of a high-school diploma, felony convictions and prescription-drug use for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. But others are now also running afoul of standards for appearance amid the growing popularity of large-scale tattoos and devices called ear gauges that create large holes in earlobes.
  • Coast Guard saves man trying to cross Pacific in kayak

    06/19/2014 3:51:42 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 53 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 6/11/2014 | Foxnews
    LOS ANGELES Ė The U.S. Coast Guard says a man is "lucky to be alive" after he was rescued 11 days into an attempted kayak voyage from California to Hawaii. A helicopter spotted the 57-year-old man, who had turned back to California, in the Pacific on Tuesday about 60 miles southwest of Santa Barbara's Point Conception after he sent a distress call indicating equipment failure, the Coast Guard said in a statement. The helicopter directed a Coast Guard cutter crew to the man, who was found in good health, the statement said. His name was not released.
  • Time for right to let go of Bowe Bergdahl political controversy (Must be hurting them)

    06/12/2014 12:06:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | June 12, 2014 | Paul Waldman
    Today, the Post published excerpts of Bowe Bergdahlís journal, along with emails and other writings, giving us the most intimate, complex, and in many ways sad view weíve yet had of the young man who had been held prisoner by the Taliban for five years. What the journal ultimately shows suggests that as a partisan political issue, Bergdahlís release is likely to fade before long. The right has gotten about as much as they can out of it, and now that we know how troubled Bergdahl was before he wandered off his base, they may just let it go. The...
  • The Significance of Bergdahlís ďWashing OutĒ of the Coast Guard (Blame-shifting)

    06/11/2014 7:43:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Time ^ | June 11, 2014 | Mark Thompson
    If he couldnít tend to the coasts, whyíd the Army think he could handle the Taliban? The U.S. government confirmed Wednesday that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was discharged early from the Coast Guard, after only 26 days in boot camp, two years before he tried to enlist in the Army. The fact raises questions on a third front that has nothing to do with how Bergdahl came to be captured by the Taliban, or how much the Obama Administration did to win his freedom May 31 in an exchange for five senior Taliban leaders: why did the Army let a failed...
  • Bergdahl Given ĎUncharacterized Dischargeí From Coast Guard Prior To Army Service

    06/11/2014 1:44:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Prior to his Army service, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was ďadministratively dischargedĒ from the Coast Guard after only 26 days in 2006. U.S. Coast Guard and Army officials confirmed to CBS News that the sergeant who was recently exchanged for five Taliban detainees had joined the Coast Guard before the Army, but was dismissed for unclear reasons just 26 days later. Lt. Col. Elaine Conway told CBS News that the Army knew of Bergdahlís discharge from the Coast Guard, and said they are ďlooking intoĒ whether it was known at the time of his enlistment into the Army. An ďuncharacterized dischargeĒ...
  • Friends claim Bergdahl was discharged from Coast Guard in '06 for psych reasons

    06/11/2014 10:31:35 AM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 119 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 6/11/14 | FOXNEWS
    Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant captured in Afghanistan and held for nearly five years before being traded for five top Taliban operatives, was discharged from the Coast Guard before he joined the Army, Fox News confirmed. An Army spokesman did not confirm reports that Bergdahl's discharge was due to psychological reasons or elaborate on the circumstances leading to his ouster in 2006. "We did confirm that Bergdahl was administratively discharged from the USCG prior to his enlistment to the U.S. Army,Ē the spokesman said.
  • International military surf contest at Pendleton

    05/14/2014 3:45:21 AM PDT · by blueplum · 14 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | May 13, 2014 | Linda McIntosh
    CAMP PENDLETON ó A surf contest pitting top area surfers from several branches of the armed forces against surfers from the British Army is set for May 24 at Camp Pendleton. This is the fourth year Red Bull is holding the Rivals Surf Competition on base, but the first year that the contest has international participants. The U.S. teamís 12 active-duty military surfers were picked based on performance at last monthístryouts at the baseís Del Mar Beach. Teams compete at the Del Mar Jetty in a modified version of the National Surf Leagueís game format. The one-day contest is similar...
  • New Yearís Resolution for Boaters

    12/30/2013 12:40:00 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    infozine ^ | 12-27-13 | Tom Vargo
    The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers the following suggestions for recreational boaters in meeting this worthwhile resolution. "I will always wear a life jacket while underway." "I will get a vessel safety check prior to the start of boating season." "I will take a boating safety course to enhance my knowledge of safe boating practices." "I will not operate a vessel when impaired by drugs or alcohol." "I will not dump waste in area lakes and rivers while boating." "I will not transport invasive species from one body of water to another." "If going offshore, I will have a working VHF...
  • Armed agents seize records of reporter, Washington Times prepares legal action

    10/25/2013 3:53:11 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 124 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 25, 2013 | Guy Taylor
    Maryland state police and federal agents used a search warrant in an unrelated criminal investigation to seize the private reporting files of an award-winning former investigative journalist for The Washington Times who had exposed problems in the Homeland Security Departmentís Federal Air Marshal Service. Reporter Audrey Hudson said the investigators, who included an agent for Homelandís Coast Guard service, took her private notes and government documents that she had obtained under the Freedom of Information Act during a predawn raid of her family home on Aug. 6. The documents, some which chronicled her sources and her work at the Times...
  • Exclusive: Feds confiscate investigative reporterís confidential files during raid

    10/25/2013 5:27:47 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 110 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 25, 2013 | Alex Pappas
    A veteran Washington D.C. investigative journalist says the Department of Homeland Security confiscated a stack of her confidential files during a raid of her home in August ó leading her to fear that a number of her sources inside the federal government have now been exposed. In an interview with The Daily Caller, journalist Audrey Hudson revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Maryland State Police were involved in a predawn raid of her Shady Side, Md. home on Aug. 6. Hudson is a former Washington Times reporter and current freelance reporter. A search warrant obtained by TheDC indicates...
  • Lamborn Criticizes Armed EPA Raid ( Alaska )

    10/13/2013 9:03:57 AM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies
    Colorado Observer. ^ | October 11, 2013 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration has turned bureaucrats at environmental agencies into armed SWAT teams to conduct unprecedented raids on small mining operations for what used to be simple reviews of clean water permits. Thatís according to Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, chairman of the House Natural Resources subcommittee on energy and mineral resources, who held a hearing Thursday that examined the August raid of armed federal officials including the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicken, Alaska. Lamborn said the ďEPA SWAT team of heavily armed and armored agents conducted paperwork inspections on small mining operations, in what appears nothing more than an...
  • Happy 223rd birthday, United States Coast Guard

    08/04/2013 9:01:25 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    Multiple links in body of thread | August 4, 2013
    The United States Coast Guard was established August 4, 1790.United States Coast Guard Tribute "Semper Paratus"US Coast Guard home page
  • Fighter jet crash leads to harrowing ocean rescue (video)

    08/03/2013 1:03:35 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 19 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | August 2, 2013 | Ashley Halsey III
    The night-vision image in the rescue helicopter showed a downed pilot in a life raft bobbing 35 miles from the Atlantic shoreline, but when Brian Fogle got ready to plunge down to him, the midnight sky and sea melded into inky blackness. ďThe hard part was not being able to see anything,Ē Fogle said. And then he stepped out that door and slid down a line into the rolling dark ocean. The signal had come to the Coast Guard 20 to 30 minutes before 11 p.m. Thursday: A D.C. Air National Guard F-16C was down in the Atlantic after touching...
  • Home at last, Bridge City teenager describes days spent adrift in Caribbean Sea

    07/07/2013 1:40:07 PM PDT · by Wellington VII · 17 replies
    Times Picayune ^ | July 7, 2013 | John Harper
    After spending four days stranded on a boat in the Caribbean Sea, Amber Burkett is home. The 16-year-old Bridge City resident, whom Coast Guard rescuers found Wednesday 60 miles away from the Honduras island she and eight friends were trying to reach, cried and laughed, sometimes simultaneously, Saturday evening while exchanging hugs with more than a dozen friends and family members who had gathered to greet her.
  • Coast Guard ordered to stay in port and allow infiltration

    05/07/2013 9:28:17 AM PDT · by blueyon · 45 replies
    Watchdogwire ^ | 4/06/2013 | Dr. Richard Swier
    MIAMI, FL Ė Drugs, weapons, illegal aliens all are welcome under a new directive. There is an ongoing, emergency situation with the U.S. Coast Guard, which is now an agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ďBy directive, starting last Monday, 29 April 2013 (barring emergency calls) Coast Guard District 7, which stretches from the Carolinas to Alabama to Florida, has been restricted from activity. There will be no enforcement patrols of large or small craft allowed in U.S. territorial seas, district-wide,Ē according to a WDW confidential source.
  • Coast Guard Saves Carnival Over and Overófor Free

    03/18/2013 12:06:48 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 22 replies
    Newser ^ | 03/18/2013 | By Kate Seamons
    Oh, and the cruise line is exempt from paying a ton of taxes As if excrement-coated floors weren't outrageous enough, Quartz takes a look at another of Carnival Cruise's dirty secrets: Though it's exempt from a slew of taxes thanks to the fact that it's incorporated in Panama, it's gotten millions of dollars of assistance from the US Coast Guard in recent years. Sen. Jay Rockefeller last week sent a letter to Carnival's CEO in which he expressed his "serious concerns" about February's "nightmarish" Triumph stranding, and outlined how the Coast Guard and American taxpayer have continually had to...
  • Good Samaritan vessel aids wooden-hull trawler

    12/14/2012 1:59:33 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    ap ^ | December 13, 2012
    KETCHIKAN, Alaska ó Two Wrangell mariners are safe with the help of a Good Samaritan vessel. The Coast Guard says the wooden-hull trawler Carrie Arlene sent out a distress report . ... The Coast Guard and Wrangell Search and Rescue tried to reach the vessel but were turned back by foul weather.
  • Mexican Drug Cartel Kills U.S. Coast Guardsman In Boat Attack Off California Shoreline

    12/03/2012 5:08:21 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 23 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 12/03/12 | Friends of Ours
    The Mexican drug cartels once again have taken deadly aim against U.S. law enforcement. This time the narco terrorists intentionally rammed their smuggling panga boat against an approaching Coast Guard inflatable which resulted in the death of Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III and the injury of another guardsman after they fell into the sea off the southern California coast as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Two suspects have been detained. The narco insurgents from Mexico increasingly are targeting U.S. officials on both sides of the border: last August two CIA officials were injured in a shooting ambush against...
  • US Coast Guard member killed after drug boat rams ship

    12/02/2012 5:15:43 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 39 replies
    PORT OF HUENEME, Calif. (KABC) -- A member of the U.S. Coast Guard was killed in the line of duty when his boat was rammed by a drug smuggler's craft. Law enforcement sources told ABC News that the Coast Guard intercepted two boats - a pleasure craft and a small panga boat - near San Clemente Island in Santa Barbara County at about 1 a.m. Sunday. The panga, which was operated by Mexican Nationals, was carrying marijuana. According to initial reports, the Coast Guard took the pleasure craft into custody and detained two people on board. Then, the Coast Guard...
  • Video: Coast Guard Rescues 14, Searches for 2 from HMS Bounty

    10/30/2012 3:33:39 PM PDT · by jwsea55 · 18 replies
    The Coast Guard rescued 14 people from life rafts in the Atlantic Ocean approximately 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, N.C., Monday, Oct. 29, and two people remain missing. The first MH-60 Jayhawk crew arrived on scene at approximately 6:30 a.m. and hoisted five people into the aircraft, and a second helicopter arrived and rescued nine people and all were taken to Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., with no life-threatening conditions. U.S. Coast Guard video by Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C.