Coast Guard members never stop working, not even on the weekends. The work and volunteer force includes more than 85,000 people, to include auxilarist, civilians, reservists and active duty members. Each person is a valuable member of the Coast Guard team to help ensure the security of our Nation’s people, assets and waterways. Check out what the Coast Guard does on the weekends to aid those in distress and to protect our shores!
Coast Guardsmen from Sector New York, Station Fire Island, Station Eaton’s Neck, and the Coast Guard Academy recently completed the Stephen Siller Foundation Tunnel to Tower 5K run in downtown New York City. The run is held annually to continue Siller’s legacy by supporting our nation’s first responders and servicemembers.
Anyone who meets Lt. Hillary Allegretti walks away with two distinct impressions – she loves the Coast Guard and is equally passionate about running. What baffles the mind is how she finds time to be so successful at both. When she dons her uniform, Allegretti serves as the waterways management chief and senior investigating officer for all federal marine casualties at Marine Safety Unit Cleveland. In her spare time, she is a marathoner who competes in Olympic-distance triathlons to “break the monotony of preparing for a marathon.”
Chief Petty Officer Barry Hollenbeck had just reported to Coast Guard Sector New York in the summer of 2010 to serve as a team leader in the safety and security operations branch when the call came in. Hollenbeck was to report to Hopedale, La., in support of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill response to lead the decontamination assessment team at the Hopedale Incident Command Post. Hollenbeck had not even had a chance to unpack from his family’s recent move from Virginia, and he left his wife, Sine, and their two children in a sea of boxes to answer the call.
As the Coast Guard and the other military services celebrate the resiliency of the military child during the month of April, we’re putting a spotlight on the Coast Guard’s 7-year partnership with national youth organization Boys & Girls Clubs of America. By helping military kids cope, adjust and progress through the most formative years of their lives, BGCA’s youth programs strive to make happiness and well-being a priority for military families.
Every day, the harbor tugs perform the wide range of Coast Guard missions of search and rescue, national security, environmental response and maritime mobility as integral members of the local maritime community. Their primary mission in the winter is icebreaking to facilitate the shipping of vital supplies such as home heating oil to communities living in Upstate New York. Through the harshest winter conditions, the tug crews support the 140-foot ice breaking tugs, Penobscot Bay and Sturgeon Bay, both stationed in Bayonne, to keep shipping lanes open.
Like any soldier, sailor, airman, Marine or Coast Guardsman who takes a vow to serve, a military chaplain takes a different type of vow. A chaplain not only serves but ministers to military personnel and, in many cases, their families and civilians working with the military. Military chaplains are trained to serve any spiritual need, regardless of religious affiliation, and offer pastoral care and support their religious rights and needs.
The head-high sand dunes flanking the road to Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook were a part of the beach prior to Hurricane Sandy. When Coast Guard crews finally returned to the facility, they found damage familiar to many along the coasts of New Jersey and New York; buildings and homes flooded by the storm surge, waterside facilities wrenched out of place and a daunting work list standing between them and their duty to protect American citizens. Petty Officer 1st Class James P. Cashin, a member of the engineering support team, paces between the rumble of a diesel generator and the conversation and echoing bustle of the gutted station.
Behind every member of the Coast Guard stands a proud parent, sibling, spouse or child. Together they form a strong family, a military family. Alongside their loved ones, family members share the weight of deployments as Coast Guard men and women stand the watch. But they also share the same spirit of service, whether it is to country or community. As a true testament to this service, Coast Guard families came together in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
In late August the entire U.S. Eastern Seaboard braced as Hurricane Irene threatened lives and property. The approaching danger meant crews throughout the 1st Coast Guard District, headquartered in Boston, needed to work quickly to prepare and respond. Response plans were initiated to prepare the boating and port communities. Commands from New Jersey to northernmost Maine readied personnel and equipment to respond to a type of storm rarely seen in the United States.