This blog entry comes from a recruit who attended the building dedication aboard Training Center Cape May for Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, who died during combat operations off the coast of Iraq. The ceremony was held today, the 13th anniversary of Bruckenthal’s graduation from basic training. Seaman Recruit Johnson was tasked with holding Bruckenthal’s company flag. Johnson’s company was also in attendance to the ceremony and they recited The Coast Guard Ethos. This is his story from that day.
It was the eve of Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered’s commissioning. The decks were abuzz with anticipation as the crew was just hours away from taking their months of training to the sea. The Coast Guard’s fourth fast response cutter – with its impressive array of capabilities and state-of-the-art technology – will be a sentinel on the shores of our nation. But this sentinel will also be a symbol of valor; the valor of Engineman 1st Class Robert Yered.
On Jan. 15, 1974, the most highly-decorated Coast Guard cutter of its time, Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, pulled into Curtis Bay after her last voyage and decommissioning. With a heave, Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Hagerman put over the line that brought the mighty ship to her final mooring after a nearly thirty-seven year career. Thirty-nine years later, Hagerman stood alongside former Coast Guardsman Nick Frank on the bridge of a ship with a different hull but a very familiar name – Spencer.
Today, the Coast Guard Reserve consists of nearly 8,000 dedicated men and women who support the Coast Guard roles of maritime homeland security, national defense – domestic and expeditionary – and response to natural and man-made domestic disasters. Reservists are always ready to mobilize with critical competencies in boat operations, contingency planning and response, expeditionary warfare, marine safety, port security, maritime law enforcement and mission support.
The cold, howling wind and pouring rain set an appropriate tone for the journey into the local life-saving history surrounding Long Beach Island, perhaps one of the most treacherous of New Jersey’s barrier island inlets, where the station is located. This area of the central New Jersey coast suffered nearly 200 shipwrecks within a 10-year period during the 1840s.
There are many titles used in the Coast Guard. Some are earned as you move up in the ranks while some are given based off your chosen profession. Amongst all of the titles Coast Guard members earn there is one that perhaps warrants the most bragging rights – plank owner.
Written by Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Frederick, Atlantic Area public affairs. Coast Guard Cutter Bear fittingly celebrated 30 years of commissioned service with a recent return to homeport after a successful eight-week patrol in the Caribbean Sea. Bear is the oldest [...]
Coast Guard Cutter Storis is truly a magnificent ship. The accomplishments in her service record have secured her a permanent place in Coast Guard, American and maritime history. This fact was recently evidenced in December 2012 when the National Park Service officially listed her in the National Register of Historic Places.
To put this listing into perspective, there have been more than 1,567 commissioned cutters to serve in the Revenue Marine, Revenue Cutter Service and U.S. Coast Guard. Out of all of these cutters, Storis now joins Eagle, Ingham, Mclane and Taney as the only five non-tenders to be listed as National Historic Places.
There are many attributes that make the Coast Guard the organization it is today. From the officer and enlisted workforce, to civilian employees and volunteers, to veterans, they all work in tandem to create a well-oiled machine. However, every once in a while, someone stands apart from the rest due to their selflessness and dedication to not only the Coast Guard, but the community around them.
Coast Guard artist Chris Demarest has serious talent and has used his skills to share the service and sacrifice of service members with countless Americans.