In order to be masters of their craft, Cape Disappointment’s crews conduct training in the surf whenever possible. During the 2012 to 2013 winter season the crew conducted more than 115 hours of surf training in conditions ranging from 40 knots of wind to stinging hail. From October 2012 to March 2013, the crew documented their training and now you can see the action!
By now we hope you have watched all of our Video of the Year nominees. But, if you haven’t, there’s still time! “Polls” close tomorrow so you can still have your voice heard in choosing the year’s most compelling Coast Guard video. To vote for the videos, like your favorite on the Coast Guard’s Facebook page or on the Coast Guard’s YouTube 2012 Videos of the Year playlist.
Some may see Coast Guardsmen jumping out of helicopters, driving boats through breaking surf or firing dangerous weapons as intimidating, or even frightening, but to the more than 200 Coast Guard recruits who got a sneak peek of the Coast Guard’s Top 10 Videos of 2012, the thought of doing these things is motivating. The recruits packed the Ida Lewis Auditorium at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May for the second annual Coast Guard Top 10 Video Premiere at the only enlisted Coast Guard basic training facility in the nation.
We’ve combed through all of the Coast Guard’s videos from throughout the year to select the top 10 videos highlighting the year’s most compelling cases from the work done every day by America’s Coast Guard. These real-life operations, like many [...]
The history of a military unit helps mold and shape its identity, sometimes just as much as the crews who carry out its missions. When a unit reaches 50 years in operation it usually serves as a proud marking point and an excellent time to look back on what events shaped that identity. For Air Station Los Angeles, that day came on Nov. 16, 2012, during an ceremony attended by current and past aircrews.
Thanks to all of your votes, the best Coast Guard marching cadence has been selected! Chief Petty Officer Cory Wadley, officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Morro Bay, Calif., wrote the original cadence that was selected as the best. Wadley is one of approximately 160 surfmen in the Coast Guard and serves at one of the 19 designated surf stations in the U.S.
Coast Guard recruits at Training Center Cape May spend a lot of time marching to and from various training evolutions and classes. In the later weeks of their training, company commanders begin to call cadences with them. This is a [...]
Summertime is abuzz with boaters, swimmers and sunbathers enjoying the lake ringed by the towering Sierra Nevada. The crystal blue waters can lure water-goers into a false sense of security. Unpredictable mountain weather patterns can change rapidly, turning a calm outing on the lake into a rough day on the sea. High winds and eight-foot waves are not uncommon on Lake Tahoe.
As part of the service’s living marine resources mission, the Coast Guard teams up with a variety of organizations to aid in protecting and responding to distressed animals, including sea lions. Such was the case for Southern California crews with Franklin, a wayward sea lion.
When we heard Capt. Dan Burbank – who recently returned from a six-month stint as Expedition 30 commander – would be in the area, we knew we wanted to interview him. But what to ask an astronaut? We turned to our Facebook fans for help and thanks to Erin, Sharon, Edward, Marshall, John and Gwen we had the perfect questions to ask.