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  • Meet the neglected 43-year-old stepchild of the US military industrial complex

    08/16/2019 6:47:44 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 8 replies
    Herald-Mail ^ | 15 Aug 2019 | Richard Read
    The ship shuddered. The roar of the ventilators in the galley quit as Joseph Sellar, a stocky 25-year-old Coast Guard culinary specialist from New Hampshire, watched seawater explode from the ceiling. "Are we sinking?” Crew members scour eBay for discontinued replacement parts. A petty officer who used a surfboard repair kit to fix a generator, saving the ship from encroaching ice, received an award from the Coast Guard commandant. A $62 million repair job resurrected the Polar Star, but the years sitting idle meant its machinery and wiring would never be the same. Two days after the flood that destroyed...
  • Birth of a Navy Bill Federer recounts circumstances leading to America's naval strength

    08/04/2019 8:43:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 3 replies ^ | 8/1/2019 | Bill Federer
    In June of 1775, citizens acting as merchant mariners captured the British schooner HMS Margaretta around Machias, Massachusetts (present-day Maine). That same month, General George Washington, with the help of merchant ship owner Colonel John Glover of Marblehead, Massachusetts, chartered and outfitted several ships to interrupt the British supplies. The marker at the base of John Glover’s statue in Boston states: “John Glover of Marblehead – A Soldier of the Revolution. He commanded a regiment of one thousand men raised in that town known as the marine regiment, and enlisted to serve throughout the war. He joined the camp at...
  • Schultz: Coast Guard Expanding Western Pacific Operations

    07/24/2019 9:05:37 AM PDT · by robowombat · 13 replies
    USNI News ^ | July 23, 2019 11:48 AM | Dzirhan Mahadzir
    Schultz: Coast Guard Expanding Western Pacific Operations By: Dzirhan Mahadzir July 23, 2019 11:48 AM Crew members from USCGC Munro (WMSL-755) conduct law enforcement from the cutter’s 35-foot Cutter Boat in the Central Pacific, Dec. 2, 2018. US Coast Guard Photo KUALA LUMPUR – The U.S. Coast Guard will increase its presence and deployments to Asia – particularly around Oceania and U.S. Pacific territories – and test out a new operational deployment concept in the region, service head Adm. Karl Schultz told reporters on Thursday. “My vision for the Coast Guard is to expand our permanent presence and effectiveness in...
  • Coast Guardsman jumps onto narco-submarine loaded with drugs in Pacific Ocean (video)

    07/12/2019 7:19:59 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 29 replies
    Youtube ^ | 7/11/2019 | ABC7
    Video from the U.S. Coast Guard shows crew members boarding a suspected drug smuggling vessel in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, with one pounding on the hatch until someone inside opened it, reportedly finding over 17,000 pounds of cocaine. Coast Guardsman jumps onto narco-submarine loaded with drugs in Pacific Ocean
  • Coast Guard Officer Accused of Terrorist Plot Targeting Media, Lawmakers

    02/20/2019 3:11:56 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 170 replies
    Military,com ^ | February 20, 2019 | By Hope Hodge Seck
    A Coast Guard lieutenant assigned to the service's headquarters in Washington, D.C., has been arrested on drug and gun possession charges, and is accused of plans to "murder innocent civilians on a scale rarely seen in this country," according to documents filed in Maryland District Court. Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, an acquisitions officer for the National Security Cutter Acquisition Program, was arrested Feb. 15 and charged with possession of a firearm and ammunition by an unlawful user or addict of controlled substances, and possession of Tramadol, a Schedule IV pain medication. A motion for detention pending trial, filed by U.S....
  • Self-proclaimed white nationalist planned mass terror attack, government says. [trunc]

    02/20/2019 2:40:41 PM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 20, 2019 | Lynh Bui
    A U.S. Coast Guard lieutenant and self-identified white nationalist was arrested after federal investigators uncovered a cache of weapons and ammunition in his Maryland home that authorities say he stockpiled to launch a massive domestic terror attack targeting politicians and journalists. Christopher Paul Hasson called for “focused violence” to “establish a white homeland” and dreamed of ways to “kill almost every last person on earth,” according to court records filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland. Though court documents do not detail a specific planned date for an attack, the government said he had been amassing supplies and weapons since...
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer rejects bill to pay Coast Guard(Video)

    01/25/2019 3:43:11 AM PST · by a little elbow grease · 54 replies ^ | 1/24/19 | unknown
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Thursday blocked a Republican bill that would pay the Coast Guard without ending the ongoing partial government shutdown.
  • Ocean City [MD ]Restaurant Offers Free Meals to Furloughed Government Employees During Shutdown

    01/15/2019 5:03:12 PM PST · by foreverfree · 29 replies
    WBOC-TV Salisbury, MD ^ | 1/14/2019 | not credited
    OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Dough Roller in Ocean City is offering free meals to all furloughed government employees until the end of the shutdown. The restaurant highlighted the U.S. Coast Guard, considering it is the only branch of the military that is not being paid during the partial government shutdown because it is part of the Department of Homeland Security. The company also highlights federal workers like the Federal Park Rangers in Assateague who are on furlough. Starting on January 14, 2019, local Coast Guard employees can stop at the restaurant for one free meal, per day, per ID. All...
  • Local Coast Guard families decry shutdown’s ‘slap in the face’as they borrow to pay bills

    01/01/2019 7:41:18 AM PST · by Vlad The Inhaler · 67 replies
    Tampa bay Times ^ | January 1, 2019 | Howard Altman
    With no end in sight for a 10-day-old government shutdown, Coast Guard helicopter mechanic Bradley Jones prepared for an overnight shift on New Year’s Eve worried that his family’s mounting bills won’t get paid. Like more than 1,100 other Coast Guard personnel living and working in the Tampa Bay area, Jones, 26, got a temporary reprieve when the Trump administration and the service branch came up with a reported $75 million to fund paychecks due Jan 1. But beyond that, there are no guarantees. And for a force whose motto is Semper Paratus — Latin for “always ready” — the...
  • Trump Visits US Coast Guard on Thanksgiving and Personally Thanks Every Member Present for...

    11/22/2018 9:59:47 AM PST · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 11/22/18 | Madison Summers
    President Donald Trump visited members of the U.S. Coast Guard on Thanksgiving Day “to thank them for the great job they have been doing.”“We’re just celebrating the Coast Guard because it has to be celebrated,” Trump said as he opened his remarks.Watch the video below: “It’s an honor to be with all of you, and thank you very much,” Trump said as he spent time at the Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet in Florida.After his remarks and conversation with about 100 service members, Trump shook each Coast Guard members’ hand to thank them each individually and wish them a...
  • US Coast Guard member 'removed' after making 'offensive' OK sign on live TV

    09/15/2018 9:05:28 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 181 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/15/18 | Lukas Mikelionis
    The U.S. Coast Guard says it “removed” a member from its Hurricane Florence response team Friday after he made an “OK” hand gesture on live TV that the service branch deemed “offensive.” The unidentified team member was caught looking into the camera and then swiftly making the hand gesture, prompting a backlash on social media. The hand signal was seen in the background of MSNBC’s live interview with Sector Charleston Commanding Officer Capt. John Reed, who was providing an update on actions taken by the Coast Guard in response to Hurricane Florence. Many social media users called for the firing...
  • Republicans propose reallocating Coast Guard ship funding to Trump's border wall

    08/09/2018 7:11:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 9, 2018 | Mariam Khan
    Despite urgent warnings of the need to bolster the U.S. Coast Guard's ailing polar icebreaker fleet – now just a single functional 42-year-old vessel – some Republicans in Congress have proposed diverting $750 million planned for a new ship to President Donald Trump's long-promised border wall. The Coast Guard currently has one working heavy icebreaker ship, the Polar Star, that’s been in service since 1976 – well past its intended 30-year service life. Due to worn-out electric motors and other problems, the Coast Guard placed the ship in “caretaker” status in 2006. It was later reactivated in 2012 after requiring...
  • Mississippi military shipbuilding firm to hire hundreds (500 openings)

    07/27/2018 10:21:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    WTOK-TV ^ | July 27, 2018 | The Associated Press
    PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - A shipbuilding firm in Mississippi is hiring hundreds of skilled workers after it was awarded several contracts for the U.S. military. Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula is searching for test engineers, first class welders, pipefitters, pipe welders and shipfitters. Company spokesman Bill Glenn says Ingalls is planning to hire 500 people by the end of the year....
  • Small plane crashes in Alaska, 11 rescued, Coast Guard says

    07/12/2018 4:45:39 PM PDT · by BBell · 13 replies
    All 11 people aboard a plane that crashed Tuesday have been rescued in mountainous terrain on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, officials said. A Coast Guard helicopter located the crash site and hoisted the pilot and passengers to safety, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Charly Hengen said. "This could have been bad," she said. "Thankfully, it was a good outcome. Even though these people did sustain some injuries, we are very thankful that all are alive and that we were able to get to them quickly even with the weather conditions."
  • Coast Guard warns mariners of no offshore radio communications along South Florida coast

    06/27/2018 5:34:39 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 69 replies
    U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 06/27/2018 06:19 PM EDT MIAMI — Coast Guard Sector Miami reported a loss of radio communication capability Wednesday. The Coast Guard cannot monitor radio traffic offshore and is urging mariners to use extreme caution throughout the Miami Captain of the Port Zone, which includes the ports and waterways surrounding Fort Pierce, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and the Miami areas. Mariners are reminded to check all safety equipment, carry a fully charged cell phone, and file a float plan with a friend or family member before getting underway. If in distress, mariners should...
  • Drug Cartels Deploy New Stealthy Boats To America’s Pacific Shore

    01/29/2018 6:38:09 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    gCaptain ^ | January 29, 2018 | John Konrad
    Since the tragic death of U. S. Coast Guard Boatswain’s Mate Chief Petty Officer Terrell five years ago the efforts of cartels to smuggle drugs with the use of small high-speed panga boats has only intensified… and now the cartels have a new weapon they are using to invade America’s Pacific Coast.
  • Coast Guard rape conviction overturned after court’s scathing attack on women-packed jury

    01/28/2018 3:53:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 28, 2018 | Rowan Scarborough
    The nation’s highest military court has thrown out the 2012 rape conviction of a Coast Guard enlisted man because admirals and prosecutors packed the seven-member jury with five women, four of whom held jobs as advocates for victims of sexual assault. In a 5-0 ruling that could change how the military conducts sex abuse trials, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces unleashed caustic criticism of all involved. From the Coast Guard commandant down to an appellate court to the original trial judge, the high court said all contributed to a “stain on the military justice system.” The...

    01/03/2018 8:55:26 PM PST · by Eyes Unclouded · 54 replies
    KHOU ^ | 1/3/2018 | Staff
    HOUSTON - U.S. Coast Guard officials are trying to make contact with a Texas-bound, single-engine plane they say is missing. Officials say the plane took off from Oklahoma City Wednesday and was headed to Georgetown Municipal Airport but diverted at some point and headed south. Coast Guard officials say they lost contact with the pilot after the plane flew past Freeport. The New Orleans Coast Guard is sending a plane to make communication with the aircraft. Officials have not said at this time whether the plane crash. They are labeling the incident an "aircraft emergency." It is unknown at this...
  • Trump is hosting a golf outing for US Coast Guard service members (Friday 29 Dec 17)

    12/29/2017 12:56:18 PM PST · by xzins · 38 replies ^ | 29 Dec 17 | Jay LeBlanc
    Updated 2 Hours Ago President Trump is hosting a golf outing for U.S. Coast Guard service members Friday at his course in West Palm Beach, Florida. The president invited about 60 service members from Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet to play at Trump International Golf Course. The president will also provide lunch for the service members. "These brave men and women patrol the waterways near Palm Beach and Mar-a-Lago everyday," Deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement. "The President wanted to thank these service members personally for their service to this nation."
  • President Trump and First Lady Melania Visit Coast Guard Station for Thanksgiving… (Must Viewing)

    11/23/2017 8:52:20 PM PST · by EliRoom8 · 31 replies
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