Northeast waters remain cold well into spring. It is tempting to shake off winter by hitting the water on the first warm days of the new season, but the reality is that the water temperature hasn’t caught up to the air temperature, and this equates to an often-overlooked danger. Kayaker Timothy Bare was hours away from becoming part of the growing statistic of paddlecraft related deaths.
Two members from the Coast Guard Auxiliary band performed ceremonial hymns that echoed through the air as family members took their seats and members of the Coast Guard filed in rows encircling the wooden podium. Against it rested a framed photo of late Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, looking back at those in attendance at the ceremony.
Established by Congress in 1939, today the Coast Guard Auxiliary is comprised of more than 32,000 volunteers who give more than 2 million hours of volunteer service every year. Arnie Geller has been an important part of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 34 of those 75 years.
The Coast Guard bid fair winds and following seas this week to Gary Kassof following a distinguished 40-year career in the Coast Guard. As the bridge management specialist in the 1st Coast Guard District, Kassof is considered to be one of the Coast Guard’s first environmental pioneers.
If you speak with Coast Guardsmen from the 1st Coast Guard District – stretching from the Canadian border in Maine to northern New Jersey – about the missions they routinely perform, you will likely get a standard answer from just about every member: search and rescue, recreational boating safety, aids to navigation, ports waterways and coastal security, living marine resource enforcement and ice breaking. But if you ask the crew underway aboard Coast Guard Cutter Dependable last week, they would answer counter drug operations.
Written by Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun, commander of 1st Coast Guard District. It was Feb. 18, 1952, when Coast Guardsmen from the 1st Coast Guard District responded to a maritime disaster. During the height of a winter nor’easter, two World […]