itCG – drug bust, mishap drill, tactical boat training, Coast Guard Lady

 Four of Santa's elves, (left to right) Pam Scholz, Tiffani Scott, Tammy Knox, and Lynn Stiles, all members of the Kodiak Officer's Spouses Association, haul presents from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak on the runway on Kodiak Island. Kodiak-based Guardians have been bringing Santa to the remote Kodiak Island villages for 32 years. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.)

Four of Santa's elves, (left to right) Pam Scholz, Tiffani Scott, Tammy Knox, and Lynn Stiles, all members of the Kodiak Officer's Spouses Association, haul presents from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak. Kodiak-based Guardians have been bringing Santa to the remote Kodiak Island villages for 32 years. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.)

  • Earlier this week, Guardians intercepted four speedboats carrying more than 260 kilos of cocaine off the coast of Mexico. The bust highlights both the importance of drug interdiction missions off Latin America but also the cooperation between the Coast Guard and Mexican authorities. Experts believe that the majority of cocaine and marijuana smuggled into the United States comes through Mexico.
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  • Guardians make a living saving the lives of others, but know all too well that one day they may have to count on their shipmates when they’re the one who needs the saving. On Tuesday, Air Station Savannah conducted a “mishap drill” in which they simulated the rescue of a crew from a downed rescue helicopter. These types of drills are conducted regularly across the Coast Guard and ensure that search and rescue crews remain “always ready.”
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  • Guardians from Station Tybee are conducting another kind of training off the coast of South Carolina – small boat tactical training which includes simulating security missions such as escorting a high value vessel. The drills, which involve the firing of real guns with blank rounds is similar to that conducted by Station Washington, D.C. back in September and conducted regularly by Guardians every day as they hone their skills to better protect and defend the nation’s waterways.
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  • At 90-years old, Lois Bouton has dedicated more than six decades of her life to supporting the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Lady as she has come to be known is a former Guardian who served for two years during World War II. In the years since, she has become famous for supporting her shipmates through care packages and the thousands of letters she writes every year.
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