Tuesday, December 8, 2009
A local radio and tv personality also left for Iraq Sunday.
Sunny 92.3's and WDEF News 12 This Morning's traffic reporter James Howard is on his way to visit local troops from the 2-52nd out of Cleveland.
A lot of supporters came to see him off on his 4th trip.
James got on a plane Sunday afternoon headed first to Charlotte, then Washington, and straight to Kuwait, where he'll meet up with the military.
James says it's hard to leave his family, but he know his trips support the soldiers and their loved ones.
He says, "I talk to soldiers, and it's a big thing for them to see just a normal guy that they're used to hearing on the radio or seeing on television. Just a normal guy from their home town come in and eat chow with them, you know. It's a opportunity for me to let our community know what these men and women are doing for our country and for the country of Iraq."
James will be gone for two weeks.
He'll meet the local unit in a few days.
Listen for his trip updates on the morning show.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
We members of the Coast Guard Auxiliary should all take a minute to remember the sacrifices made by all members of Team Coast Guard, both past and present.
The National Ensign will remain at half mast at all Coast Guard Stations until Friday.
Lieutenant Commander Che J. Barnes; age 35
Lieutenant Adam W. Bryant; age 28
Chief Petty Officer John F. Seidman; age 43
Petty Officer Second Class Carl P. Grigonis; age 35
Petty Officer Second Class Monica L. Beacham; age 29
Petty Officer Second Class Jason S. Moletzsky; age 26
Petty Officer Third Class Danny R. Kreder II; age 22.
The names of the missing Marines are Major Samuel Leigh, age 35, and First Lieutenant Thomas Claiborne, age 26.
Friday, October 9, 2009
For more information, visit the Coast Guard recruiting website: http://www.gocoastguard.com/
Friday, October 2, 2009
What an honor it was to play Taps for the memorial service held by the crew of the USS Savage at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. The USS Savage, although a Navy ship, was manned in WWII by an all Coast Guard captain and crew. Three of the veterans attending were Coast Guard and these Navy vets treated them with the utmost honor and respect. After ringing a bell for each of their deceased shipmates the CG vets threw a wreath into the water of the lake behind the pavilion as buglers David Cox USCGAux, and Maj. Andy Addison, USAF (Ret) played Echo Taps. Many Coast Guard Cutters and CG manned Navy ships participated in WWII action.
For more on Coast Guard history go to: http://www.uscg.mil/history/articles/h_AtlWar.asp
Monday, September 14, 2009
This December we will once again participate in a very meaningful ceremony at the Chattanooga National Cemetery called Wreaths Across America. Last year Terry Siler laid the ceremonial wreath representing the US Coast Guard. We will bring this up for discussion at our next division meeting to see how we might want to help out this year. Anyone wanting to sponsor a wreath for $15 each, contact Terry Siler for details.
For more information: http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Regional radar (1km loop):
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Did you know there is an Auxiliary Detactment at the College of William and Mary?
Coast Guard History
Saturday, August 1, 2009
The class was taught by Chief Smith of the USCGR with assistance from several crew of the USCGC Ouachita. The subject of the 2-day class was Fire Fighting and Damage Control.
Click any photo for a larger view
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Go to: http://www.uscg.mil/mag/
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Thursday, July 2, 2009
I will be asking for a minimum of two boats and crews for each of these events and, of course, patrol orders will be generated.
Ray veldman, SO-OP
We traveled to Charleston SC to see the Tall Ships on display at Charleston' s Harbor Fest, 26-29 JUN 2009. Besides helping the Coast Guard maintain a 50 ft security zone around the Tall Ships, members of Div 12, 7th District, also helped clear the center of the harbor several times for the airshows overhead. Alan Miles, VFC 12-8, spent his time on deck of the USCGC Eagle showing the guests his knot tying skills in the sweltering heat and humidity. The local CG base had the 87 ft cutter, Yellowfin, 75 ft Construction Tender, Anvil, (which looks a lot like our own cutter, Ouachita, although it's 10 ft longer), and 3 or 4 SAFE boats. The numerous, well manned auxiliary facilities had the area well covered.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Driving this initiative were the increasing number of maritime assistance calls the Coast Guard received from recreational boaters and the gathering clouds of war over Europe. The objectives of the new organization were to promote efficiency in the operation of motorboats, promote safety and effect rescues on the high seas and navigable waters, and facilitate other operations of the Coast Guard.
On June 23, 1939, Congress passed the Coast Guard Reserve Act. In 1941, Congress amended the original act to create the Coast Guard Auxiliary and Reserve Act which created a new military reserve and renamed the original civilian reserve the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
CG petty officer and Auxiliarist conducting boardings 1942, New York Harbor. (I can't help but wonder if he made the jump?)
National Archives/History program,
For more detailed history of the Auxiliary go to:
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Throughout the 3 days of the Public Affairs course in San Diego many video clips were used to illustrate certain points. In this video it begins by illustrating how some of us might approach promoting the Auxiliary with lots of colorful graphics, cute kids, and a nice sing-along song. Then the video takes on a much more professional hard hitting approach. Although this is not the type of music I personally listen to, and you may not either, I can tell you, from spending 3 days next to a Coast Guard aircraft hanger, that this is the music the younger generation is listening to. We must began marketing the Auxiliary to a younger crowd, even if it requires us to come out of our comfort zone.