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December 2, 2004

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 In this week's newsletter:

Ridge Resigns as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security 

Nov. 30 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge resigned as leader of the government department created to protect the nation from terrorists after the Sept. 11 attacks.

High winds hinder oil spill cleanup
Authorities probe whether lost propeller is to blame

Thursday, December 2, 2004
Courier-Post Staff

As high winds all but scuttled cleanup efforts Wednesday, Coast Guard officials announced new restrictions on shipping while they investigate whether a 14-foot propeller dropped by a dredging boat seven months ago could have caused the big oil spill.

Large oil spill in bay called far less likely
Maryland lacks refineries; Del. River leak's size grows

By Meredith Cohn
Sun Staff
Originally published December 2, 2004
Less than a week after a tanker leaked up to 473,500 gallons of crude oil into the Delaware River, industry and government experts say a similar spill on the Chesapeake Bay is possible but far less likely.,1,1784466.story?coll=bal-business-headlines

Ports Called 'Enormous Target'
About 12,000 containers arrive daily in L.A. On average, 43 of them are inspected by hand under the 'layered' system of Homeland Security.

Times Staff Writer

November 26, 2004

Two miles out from the nation's busiest seaport, Petty Officer 1st Class Tom Ryan gives the order to board a giant container ship bound for Los Angeles.,0,4166594.story?coll=ktla-news-1

New fees add to shipping load
Port of Albany charging ships more to cover added cost of federally mandated security

By BRIAN NEARING, Staff writer
First published: Thursday, December 2, 2004

ALBANY -- The war on terrorism is making it a little more expensive to ship grain or scrap metal, electrical generators and other cargo at the Port of Albany.

Coast Guard still under the radar

By Guy Taylor

U.S. NAVAL BASE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - A Volkswagen-size pile of cocaine is packed tightly into a chamber beneath the main deck of the ship floating offshore.

Coast Guard to commission two patrol boats

Associated Press

PASCAGOULA, Miss. - The Coast Guard will commission two 179-foot patrol boats on Monday during a ceremony in their new homeport at Naval Station Pascagoula. After commissioning, the Cyclone-class cutters Tornado and Shamal will operate in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.

Coast Guard Commissions New Maritime Law Enforcement Academy

U. S. Coast Guard
December 01, 2004

CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Coast Guard is commissioning its new Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE) Academy located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) Charleston today designed to harden the nation's maritime homeland security through improved training.,13319,uscg3_120104.00.html

Coast Guard to re-power its workhorse helicopters

Published in the Asbury Park Press 11/28/04


Forty miles off the coast of Syria, Coast Guard Cmdr. Robert Makowsky was keeping an eye out for terrorists in speedboats -- and for that strange power fluctuation he'd felt the other day in the twin engines of his HH-65 Dolphin helicopter.,21625,1126226,00.html

Coast Guard member dies in rescue attempt
Search called off for former Burlington man missing in Georgia.


SAVANNAH, Ga. - A former Burlington man who jumped into the Savannah River to aid his girlfriend is missing and presumed dead, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials.

Sitka EMT killed during rescue

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE--A medical technician with the Sitka Volunteer Fire Department died when a boat taking her to a medevac mission went hard aground, Sitka police said Wednesday.,1413,113~7244~2571645,00.html

Coast Guard halts search for man who vanished from ship

Associated Press
November 27, 2004

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 54-year-old passenger vanished as a ship returned from a five-day cruise to the Bahamas, and a daylong ocean search turned up no sign of him. The hunt was called off Friday.

San Francisco Surgeon Disappears On Diving Trip

POSTED: 11:56 am PST November 29, 2004
FORT BRAGG, Calif. -- The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a San Francisco surgeon who disappeared while diving for abalone over the weekend off the Mendocino Coast.

Alaska pilot rescued after six days in wilderness

By Associated Press
Nov 29, 2004 - 07:02:08 am PST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Michael Holman landed his plane on a deserted part of the Koyuktolik Bay shore, hoping to do a little beachcombing before making the short hop to Seldovia about 15 miles away.

Coast Guard rescues clammer off Eastern Shore

By the Associated Press

Published December 1, 2004

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. -- A Coast Guard boat crew rescued a clam fisherman whose boat sank Wednesday near Chincoteague Island on the Eastern Shore.,0,6748148.story?coll=dp-headlines-virginia

Coast Guard removes two in crewmembers from ship

By The Times-Standard

MCKINLEYVILLE -- While most Americans were celebrating Thanksgiving, the Coast Guard battled heavy fog, darkness and hazardous conditions to airlift two seriously in crewmembers from a container ship about 30 miles off the Northern California coast.,1413,127~2896~2562027,00.html

Virginia USCG Auxiliary Member Makes Rescue

By Matt Sabo, Hampton Roads Daily Press
reprinted with permission

GLOUCESTER, VA -- Like any Coast Guard Auxiliary member, Fred Angelo has a habit of looking all around him when he's out on his boat.

Coast Guard rescues two men in Gulf

Thursday, December 02, 2004, Staff Report

A father and son were rescued Wednesday morning by the U.S. Coast Guard from their boat, which was stranded on an island in the Gulf of Mexico south of Pascagoula.

Surfer Feared Dead Returns From Trip To Key West

POSTED: 11:38 am EST November 28, 2004
UPDATED: 5:10 pm EST November 29, 2004

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- After the Coast Guard searched for him and his family feared the worst, a missing Jacksonville Beach surfer returned home from an impromptu vacation Monday.

Jury finds 2 guilty of faking drowning, trying to cash $1M insurance policy

Published in the Asbury Park Press 12/02/04


It took a jury 15 minutes to find a Tinton Falls couple guilty yesterday of faking a drowning and trying to cash in on a $1 million life insurance policy.,21625,1130491,00.html

Navy Blue Angel F-18 Crashes

A Blue Angel F-18 crashed into the Gulf of Mexico late Wednesday afternoon near Pensacola, Florida. We're told the pilot ejected safely.

Coast Guard holds crew after inspection

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Star-Ledger Staff

The U.S. Coast Guard has arrested 10 international crew members of a Panamanian ship as material witnesses in connection with an illegal discharge of oil on the high seas, federal officials said yesterday.

Barge sinks in Straits

ST. IGNACE - The sinking of a 32-foot transportation barge in the Straits of Mackinac has prompted an investigation by the United States Coast Guard.

Ship carrying iron runs aground in Lake Michigan

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) -- A freighter with a cargo of pig iron ran aground Monday in Lake Michigan's Green Bay, Coast Guard officials said.

RawFaith to winter in Rockland

Copyright (c) 2004 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.

A tall ship designed to take disabled children and their families on sailing excursions will spend the winter in Rockland Harbor after being towed to port by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Mackinaw sails with holiday cargo today
Coast Guard continues a tradition with Chicago trip to deliver Christmas trees


Tribune Staff Writer

CHEBOYGAN - The tradition started almost 100 years ago when pine trees, freshly cut from the forests of Northern Michigan, were loaded onto the sailing vessel Rouse Simmons and shipped to families in Chicago who used them to decorate for Christmas.

Are heroes born or made?
Young war veteran speaks to police foundation

By Carol Glassman

It isn't often that we get to meet a real hero, but when young Joe Ruggiero from Revere, Mass., finished speaking to the Marco Police Foundation on Nov. 23, everyone in the audience recognized his valor as they rose to give him a standing ovation.

This Year, Gulfport Detective Gets To Spend Holiday With Family

A Gulfport detective was excused from duty Thursday morning to spend time with his family.

Day may honor Coast Guard
Port Huron looks to recognize local personnel

Times Herald

A fixture in the Port Huron community should be honored every year, city officials say, and a committee of residents is being sought to make that recognition a reality.

Mackinaw museum plan moves to new level


Tribune Staff Writer

CHEBOYGAN - A committee seeking to keep the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw in Cheboygan as a museum ship has shifted gears and entered the next phase of its pursuit.

Alameda military housing in doubt
Coast Guard considers closing 280-unit North Village complex because of low occupancy rate

By Susan McDonough, STAFF WRITER

ALAMEDA -- The U.S. Coast Guard is considering closing a good portion of the military housing it owns here, delivering another potential blow to the city's West End neighborhood that is undergoing rapid transformation.,1413,82~1726~2558344,00.html

Honored for 50 years of service to Coast Guard

November 29,2004
, Sun Journal Staff

Bobby Swindell should be a recruitment poster for the U.S. Coast Guard.

ALCOAST 519/04


Announcement of Selectees for the Secretary's First Annual Department of Homeland Security Awards.

1. The Secretary of Homeland Security has selected the following Coast Guard personnel who will be recognized at the First Annual DHS Awards Ceremony to be held on 2 December 2004, at the Ronald Reagan building, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue , Washington , DC , beginning at 1400.

2. Award recipients are as follows:

 a. Secretary's Meritorious Service (Silver medal):  Mr. Michael Healy (ELC, Baltimore , MD ).
 b. Secretary's Award for Excellence:  (Team Award), Maritime Transportation Security Act Team, (Individual Award), LT Francis Del Rosso, Jr. (Station Washington , DC ).
 c. Secretary's First Response Team Award: Crew of CGNR 1719, HC-130 Rescue Crew (Air Station Barbers Point, Kaoplei , HI ).
 d. Secretary's Award for Exemplary Service: Ms. Diana C. Garcia (ICC, San Pedro , CA ).
 e. Secretary's Award for Valor: Distinguished Flying Cross: AST1 Brian E. Laubenstein (Air Station Cape Cod, MA), Coast Guard Medal:  BM1 Jacob M. Carawan ( Station Oak Island , NC ), Coast Guard Medal:  AST3 William D. Foreman (Air Station Elizabeth City, NC), Coast Guard Medal: MK2 Rusty L. Sink (Station Oak Island, NC), Coast Guard Medal: LT Dale T. Taylor (Air Station Savannah, GA).
 f. Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diversity Management: LT Lane A. Solak, (Coast Guard Recruiting Command,
Arlington , VA ).

3. Congratulations to all the Coast Guard men and women who have been selected to receive Secretarial awards this year including those who will be recognized during the ceremony as members of teams led by operating components other than the Coast Guard.

I am extremely proud of all of your accomplishments which have earned you this prestigious departmental recognition. I also extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to all Coast Guard personnel who were nominated but not selected, and acknowledge their many accomplishments which exemplify the Coast Guard's core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty.

4. I will personally recognize our Coast Guard Secretarial honorees on 2 December 2004, at Coast Guard Headquarters, room 2415, beginning at 0900. Detailed information, including travel information, will be forwarded to Coast Guard recipients who are attending the awards ceremony and accepting an award either themselves or as the designated representative of a team.

5. Anyone with questions regarding civilian individual and team award recipients should contact Ms. Sherrie Hailstorks, Commandant (G-WPC-3) at (202) 267-2368 or Mr. Shawn Lucas, Commandant (G-WPC-3) at (202) 267-0329. Anyone with questions regarding military award recipients should contact Ms. Phyllis Dula, Commandant (G-WPM-1) at (202) 267-2249.  For military members, the uniform of the day will be service dress blue bravo.

6. Internet release authorized.

7. Admiral T. H. Collins, Commandant, sends.



Keeping a steady eye on the ocean

By Lou Sian Daily Journal correspondent

The Coast Guard Cutter Tern idled at the end of a long pier in Half Moon Bay on the opening day of crab season, guzzling fuel for a three-day patrol.

Wal-Mart and Coast Guard Spouse's Association of Ketchikan Team Up to Fulfill Wishes

November 30, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Coast Guard Spouse's Association of Ketchikan is again teaming up with Wal-Mart

Operation BoatSmart Newsletter-November

Retired - Now what do I do to keep active?

By Wayne Spivak, National Press Corps

United States Coast Guard Auxiliary

We're a nation of volunteers.  From the first settlers, to those who sought out better lives by following Horace Greeley's words, "Go West young man", and this nation has been founded on the principles of volunteerism.

Deepwater Newsletter-October

Coast Guard on Television

During the month of December 2004, the Coast Guard will be featured on several nationally televised entertainment programs (all times listed are Eastern Standard Time).

Dec. 2, 8:30 p.m. Tonight on the Weather Channel: Cape Cod Rescue
Four friends set sail from Bermuda to Rhode Island on the 44-foot sailboat the Alegria. Medical problems call for a Coast Guard rescue but an impending storm makes that almost impossible.

Dec 3, at 6 p.m., the Weather Channel will air "The Christmas Tree Ship" that features the crew of CGC Mackinaw and their efforts to bring Christmas trees to needy families of Chicago .

Dec 4, at 11 a.m., the History Channel's Deep Sea Detectives will air "Ship of Doom" that features the Coast Guard Aviation Survival Technical Training School, Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and Station Elizabeth City, N.C. The program highlights the sinking of the ill-fated SS Marine Electric off New Jersey 's coast in 1983 and includes information regarding the evolution of the Coast Guard's Rescue Swimmer program.

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