Diving into the heart of the community

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, participate in an annual joint dive training with wounded warriors and local agencies as part of the “Warriors with Disabilities Dive Project.” During the hard hat helmet dive, trainees are given the opportunity to don the helmet and dive with a certified diver in Sandy Hook Bay.

The Coast Guard Sandy Hook base sign becomes surrounded by flood waters, Nov. 1, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy devastated the area near Sandy Hook, N.J.

Taking care of our own

Hurricane Sandy was a storm of historic proportions making landfall along the densely populated Northeast coast, destroying property and leaving behind unprecedented damage. Coast Guardsmen, so familiar with the role of rescuer, were now part of the population who needed help. Just like the surrounding community, Coast Guard buildings and assets were significantly damaged and hundreds of Coast Guard members and their families were forced to evacuate from their homes and workplace. Members and families needed help in finding adequate housing, filing insurance claims and working to return their lives to normal.

Station Sandy Hook

Something to be thankful for

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.