ItCG- Ice breakers a priority, a Silver Life Saving medal, repatriated migrants

ItCG (In the Coast Guard) posts are a daily feature in the Coast Guard Compass to cover media reports and blog pieces of interest.

  • Ice breakers are a top priority for the Coast Guard when it comes to our emerging role in the Arctic, the Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen told an audience (mostly made up of government officials) yesterday at the Third Symposium on the Impacts of an Ice-Diminishing Arctic on Naval & Maritime Operations.

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    Just in case you missed it the Coast Guard Compass has been talking about the Arctic this week and you can read Part 1 of the series here.

  • Blogger Ryan Erickson posted about three people in the Coast Guard he looks up to in the Unofficial Coast Guard Blog. In his post he talks about why these three Admirals specifically have meant something to him, and to bloggers.

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  • Petty Officer 1st Class Truman N. Skang is scheduled to receive the Silver Lifesaving Medal in a ceremony this morning for his heroic efforts actions on July 20, 2008. Skang saved a man from a vehicle that had plunged into water. You can read more about the dramatic rescue in the linked story.

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  • Coast Guard Cutter Key Largo repatriated 13 Dominicans, three Haitians and one Cuban to La Romana, Dominican Republic on Tuesday. When successful, illegal immigration can potentially cost U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars each year in social services. By stopping illegal immigration the Coast Guard is also helping support legal migration systems. The main thing is to remember is that the Coast Guard maintains its humanitarian responsibility to prevent the loss of life at sea. The majority of migrant vessels are dangerously overloaded, unseaworthy or otherwise unsafe, and the Coast Guard cares about saving the lives of anyone at sea no matter where they come from.

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    The Coast Guard’s role in migrant interdiction has been a part of our history since the service was created. You can read about our history in migrant interdiction here.


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