Canada and U.S. work together to thwart terrorist threat to the Great Lakes
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The purpose of the web page is to educate, Inform, and pay tribute to the several thousand first responders, Emergency medical technicians, Emergency medical specialists, And paramedics both volunteer and paid.  In Emergency medical services, many people become sick and injured in a variety of places, sometimes in vehicle accidents, Assaults.  Individuals can suddenly become ill at restaurants or in their offices. In the state of Michigan which is surrounded by the five lakes Refer to as the great lakes.  A large industry uses the great lakes for transportation of raw materials, needed for industry; the great lakes are served by many freighters that serve on the water transporting assorted materials.  The Great Lakes are also used by many pleasure craft, sightseeing boats etc.  The United States coast guard as well as the Canadian coast guard had been charged for over 210 years.  Many Coast Guard Personnel are Red Cross trained who respond to various medical and traumatic emergencies on the great lakes examples such as shipping personnel
who become ill or are injured and due to the size and distance of the waters they travel, the coast guard responds either by boats and or helicopters to extricate the sick or injured.  In most instances the sick
or injured patient is then transported to land and turned over to EMS Personnel who continue treatment, and transportation to the nearest and appropriate hospital.  This page is intended to show the assets of
the United States and Canadian Coast Guard are utilized to provide Emergency Medical treatment, stabilization of the patient, followed then by coordinating the transport of the patient by the Coast Guard to waiting Emergency Medical Technicians who continue the care and transportation by advanced life support agencies to the appropriate medical facility.
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                       HOMELAND SECURITY
The United States Coast Guard's homeland security mission is not new to us.  It is more visible today than it was prior to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, but it is just as important as it was when we first began protecting our national sovereignty 219 years ago.  The Coast Guard maintains a clear vision and a keen sense of vigilance while keeping watch for threats to our security and those who would do us harm.

As part of Operation Noble Eagle, the Coast Guard is at a heightened state of alert protecting more than 361 ports and 95,000 miles of coastline, America's longest border.  The Coast Guard continues to play an integral role in maintaining the operations of our ports and waterways by providing a secure environment in which mariners and the American people can safely go about the business of living and working freely.

In the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Coast Guard immediately mobilized more than 2,000 Reservists in the largest homeland defense and port security operation since World War II.  The Coast Guard has increased its vigilance, readiness, and patrols to protect the country's 95,000 miles of coastline, including the Great Lakes and inland waterways.

                                 The Coast Guard's Homeland Security Role Includes:

Protect ports, the flow of commerce, and the marine transportation system from terrorism.
Maintain maritime border security against illegal drugs, illegal aliens, firearms, and weapons of mass destruction.  Ensure that we can rapidly deploy and resupply our military assets, both by keeping Coast Guard units at a high state of readiness, and by keeping marine transportation open for the transit assets and personnel from other branches of the armed forces.

Protect against illegal fishing and indiscriminate destruction of living marine resources, prevention and response to oil and hazardous material spills--both accidental and intentional.  Coordinate efforts and intelligence with federal, state, and local agencies.
Operation Noble Eagle refers to U.S. military operations associated with homeland defense and civil support to federal, state and local agencies in the United States, and includes the increased security measures taken after the September 11 terrorist attacks.  The operation involves joint agency coordination and cooperation to ensure our nation and borders are protected from future attacks.  An increased presence will prevent and deter those who would cause harm to innocent Americans.

Operation Enduring Freedom refers generally to U.S. military operations associated with the war on terrorism outside the United States.  Coast Guard port security units have deployed in support of this operation.
Canada and the United States are initiating a cross border program to share information and increase security boardings on foreign commercial ships entering the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes. This program will be in place before the Seaway opens March 26 2002.  The events of September 11, 2001 demonstrated the need for increased security measures to protect our waterways. The threat is real; every ship that transits our waters passes critical infrastructure and large population areas. Both countries are working together to provide maximum security, while minimizing disruption to commercial shipping.

All ships entering the St. Lawrence Seaway have to give 96-hour advance notification of arrival to officials of both Canada and the United States. Ships failing to give notice or providing incomplete notice will be prohibited from entering the Seaway. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency special analysis units will conduct initial screening of the ship's information and submit the crew and passenger list to a centralized information center to review for any potential threats. If a potential threat is identified, the ship will be boarded for a security review by a team of personnel from Canadian agencies before it enters the Seaway and the Great Lakes. These boardings are in addition to random boardings and other security measures already in place.

Many agencies have worked together to create this program, including Transport Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, U.S. Customs, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the U.S. Consul General's Office in Montreal. Their efforts are vital to protecting the heartland of Canada and the United States--the St. Lawrence Seaway/Great Lakes system generates $3 billion annually and 17,000 jobs in Canada and adds another $2 billion and more than 150,000 jobs in the United States as nearly 200 millions tons of cargo are moved each year.  "Working together our two great nations have and will continue to ensure that the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes are a safe, secure and economically sound maritime system," according to RADM James D. Hull, Commander 9th U.S. Coast Guard District.
Coast Guard Enlists Mariners for Homeland Security

In the wake of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Providence and Coast Guard Group Woods Hole are encouraging recreational and commercial mariners to participate in a national effort to protect the country's shores from aggressors.

"Those who work at sea, along the coasts, and in coastal communities know best what is, or is not ordinary," said Senior Chief Mario Tomellini of MSO Providence. "They can be valuable contributors to the protection of our nation by reporting suspicious activities in and around the water."

The Maritime Domain Awareness program is a joint effort by the Marine Safety Office in Providence and Coast Guard Group Woods Hole to provide a hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, which people can call to report any unusual or questionable activity on the water in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Some examples of unusual or suspicious activities to report include:

Unfamiliar individuals who:

* Loiter or take photos, notes or sketches near commercial/passenger vessel activities, bridges or waterside facilities
* Attempt to rent/buy fishing or recreational vessels with cash for short term use
* Attempt to gain access to waterside facilities without proper identification
Vessels that:
* Circle in and around pilings, particularly near commercial traffic
* Loiter offshore, near commercial/passenger vessel activities
Other items of interest/concern:
* Suspicious attachments to bridges and overpasses
* Vehicles left unattended or abandoned near commercial/passenger facilities
* Unusual packages or deliveries
* Vendors or roadside food stands recently established near commercial passenger terminals or waterside facilities
To report any suspicious or unusual activities, call Coast Guard Group Woods Hole at (508) 457-3211 or in the event of an emergency, dial 911.
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  Average Day for the Coast Guard
  The Coast Guard, during an average day, will:
Conduct 109 Search and Rescue Cases
Save 10 lives
Assist 192 people in distress
Protect $2,791,841 in property
Launch 396 small boat missions
Launch 164 aircraft missions, logging 324 hours
Board 144 vessels
Seize 169 pounds of marijuana and 306 pounds of cocaine worth $9,589,000
Interdict and rescue 14 illegal migrants
Board 100 large vessels for port safety checks
Respond to 20 oil or hazardous chemical spills totaling 2,800 gallons
Service 135 aids to navigation
During an average day, the U.S. Coast Guard will:
Conduct 109 Search and Rescue Cases
Save 10 lives
Assist 192 people in distress
Protect $2,791,841 in property
Launch 396 small boat missions
Launch 164 aircraft missions, logging 324 hours
Board 144 vessels
Interdict and rescue 14 illegal migrants
Board 100 large vessels for port safety checks
Service 135 aids to navigation
Respond to 20 oil or hazardous chemical spills totaling                              2,800 gallons
Seize 169 pounds of marijuana and 306 pounds of cocaine                        worth $9,589,000

U.S. Coast Guard Ice Tender Mackinaw Placed into service in 1943. And was retired in 2006
        Paramedics join Coast Guard Patrols
Irondequoit Volunteer Ambulance paramedics in New York, are taking to the water to help the U.S. Coast Guard provide emergency medical services to local boaters. Since July, Irondequoit Volunteer Ambulance paramedics have been serving aboard weekend Coast Guard patrols on Lake Ontario, Irondequoit Bay and the Genesee River.

While the Coast Guard has its own emergency medical technicians, having paramedics -- who are allowed to administer drugs, start airways and perform other treatments the technicians cannot -- on the boats saves time and lives, said Irondequoit the Ambulance Deputy Chief.

With a medical emergency on the lake, if you have to take somebody into shore for treatment that can be a two-hour ride. That is crucial time. The paramedic is right there as part of the boat crew and as soon as the patient is on board the vessel, medical treatment can begin.

Paramedics have already treated three or four critical emergencies since the program began.
The Paramedic Ride Along initiative is supported by a $10,000 grant secured by New York State Assemblyman Joseph D. Morelle, D-Irondequoit.  Siteing the essential need in increasing boater safety on  regional waterways.

The money will help offset the cost of upgrading medical equipment -- including a heart monitor that can fax vital information to an area hospital while the patient is en route -- for use on the waterways, as well as pay for additional training and the cost of providing the paramedics. Coast Guard officials state, "This allows us to provide a higher level of medical care."
Coast Guard Design for the New Ice Tender Mackinaw
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U. S. Coast Guard forces participating in Operations Enduring Freedom & Noble Eagle
The Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock underway on Lake Michigan during builders trials. The 225-foot cutter was built by the Marinette Marine Corp. located in Marinette, Wisc. Hollyhock has replaced the Coast Guard Cutter Bramble a 180-foot buoy tender built during World War II. Hollyhock is now stationed in Port Huron, Mich., as a commissioned USCG Vesssel.
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Why is there so much information on this Emergency Medical Services web site about the United States Coast Guard?  The United States Coast Guard is a branch of the United States military.  Up until recently The Coast Guard has been viewed as only a coastal waterways watch.

The Coast Guard is a highly trained group of men and women charged with the safety of our waterways, the correlation between the Coast Guard and Emergency Medical Services has and remains a close Operating Group.

The United States Coast Guard trains its personnel in all levels of Pre- Hospital emergency care.  Each and every Coast Guard personnel are trained from Basic first aid through the levels of Basic emergency medical technicians, emergency medical technician specialists and emergency medical technician paramedics. They respond to medical and trauma injuries on waterways all over the United States.

Their mold of transportation consists of Coast Guard Rapid Response Vessels, Buoy Tenders, Patrol Boats, and both long and short range Helicopters. They stabilize patients and fly or shuttle their patients to shore and in most cases, turning over patient care to Emergency Medical Services Personnel at pre-designated locations.  Without the United States Coast Guard, patients who are fighting the golden hour would face critical life threatening and even fatal consequences without this joint cooperation, mutual aid and respect.
Lake Michigan has an average depth of 279 feet and a maximum depth of 925 feet

Lake Erie has an average depth of 62 feet and a maximum depth of 210 feet.

Lake Huron has an average depth of 175 feet and a maximum depth of 750 feet

Lake Ontario has an average depth of 283 feet and a maximum depth of 802 feet

Lake Superior has an average depth of 500 feet and a maximum depth of 1332 feet
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New Coast Guard 225 ft Cutter HOLLYHOCK which was launched on Saturday January 25, 2003.  The Hollyhock and is now stationed in Port Huron, Michigan as of October 2003.  The Hollyhock 
Retired Woodrush
The first cutter home ported in Grand Haven was USCGC Escanaba (WPG-77).  She arrived, coated with ice, in the winter of 1932 to a warm welcome by the community and the Grand Haven High School band.  She was a "Michigan" ship from the beginning, built at Defoe Works in Bay City and commissioned soon after for the arduous duty of ice breaking on Lake Michigan.  In early 1942, Escanaba was transferred to war duty in the North Atlantic and assigned to the "Greenland Patrol".

While carrying out escort duties for many of the Allied convoys bound for Greenland and Iceland, Escanaba rescued survivors of two torpedoed ships, the USS Cherokee, rescuing 22 men on June 15, 1942 and the USS Dorchester, rescuing 133 more on February 3, 1943.  Four months later, Escanaba was steaming in company with the cutters Mojave, Tampa, Storis, Algonquin and Raritan providing protection to a convoy enroute to Newfoundland.  During the early morning hours of June 13, 1943, Escanaba herself was torpedoed and quickly sank.  Raritan picked up the only two survivors, while 101 friends and neighbors of Grand Haven were lost forever to both the perils of war and the sea.

The anguish of this small, close knit community over the devastating loss of Escanaba was channeled into raising one million dollars in war bonds to purchase a replacement cutter the following year.  The third, and most recent Escanaba, a 270-foot Famous Class cutter, was commissioned during festival week in Grand Haven in 1987.  The highlight of the annual Coast Guard Festival celebration is the National Memorial Service at Escanaba Park on the Grand Haven waterfront.  This Friday-afternoon event during every festival week commemorates the tragic loss of the first Escanaba in World War II and the sacrifice of all Coast Guard members who have died while fulfilling the Coast Guard Motto "SEMPER PARATUS" ("Always Ready").
DECOMMISSIONING CEREMONY FOR USCGC SUNDEW WAS HELD ON MAY 27, 2004 The The Duluth, Minn based Coast Guard Cutter SUNDEW (WLB 404) was decommissioned after 60 years of service.  The newest addition USCG Alder took the Sundew's Place.
The Coast Guard Cutter BRAMBLE was decommissioned on 22 May 2003. Design and construction for the USCGC BRAMBLE (WLB-392) occurred at Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Corporation in Duluth, Minnesota. BRAMBLE’s keel was laid on 02 August 1943, she was launched on 23 October 1943 and was commissioned on 22 April 1944. The original cost for the hull and machinery was $925,464. BRAMBLE is one of 39 original 180-foot seagoing buoy tenders built between 1942 and 1944. All of the original tenders, except the  IRONWOOD, were built in Duluth.

In the course of BRAMBLE’s service, the cutter had been awarded many awards and ribbons. She has received the Department of Transportation Gold Medal, CG Unit Commendation, CG Meritorious Unit Commendation, CG "E" Ribbon, CG Bicentennial Unit Commendation,  American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Arctic Service Medal and the Special OPS Service Ribbon.

With the new technology evolving, the door has opened for the Coast Guard Cutter HOLLYHOCK (WLB-214) which has taken over the primary mission of buoy tending that the 180-foot BRAMBLE had held.  The new 225-foot HOLLYHOCK is also able to help with environmental cleanups, search and rescue, law enforcement and icebreaking.   She has now been commissioned and placed into service in Port Huron, Michigan.
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In March of 2004 the Newest USCG Buoy Tender Hollyhock was Damaged in a collision with the 1000 Footer Stewart J. Cort
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The Bramble has been Decommissioned and is Retired
USCG Buoy Tender Hollyhock
My family and I had an opportunity to attend the United States Coast Festival in Grand Haven Michigan marking its birthday. At the festival we had an opportunity to both tour the Hollyhock and speak to members of the crew.  The conversation later turned to the collision of the hollyhock with the MV Stewart J. Cort.  The crew members related how the accident actually occurred and how “horrifying those minutes were.”  The Hollyhock was assisting the 1000 foot plus Stewart J. Cort in heavy ice when the Hollyhock bumped the Cort, and sustained damage to her bow. 

My family and I have the highest respect for the men and women who serve in the United States Coast Guard, and their continued role as a division of the United States Military who strive to defend our nation and who have answered the call in every conflict and War. 

Speaking with the crew members was very educational the Hollyhock was not the first vessel to accidentally bump a freighter while braking through heavy ice, there have been other Coast Guard vessels involved in similar occurrences such as the “Ice Breaker Mackinaw,” and the Woodbrush, the point being is that accidents are going to occur when you have two or more vessels inherently close to one another the chances are going to rise of some type of inadvertent contact.

Because of the fact that the Hollyhock was a new asset, along with the Hollyhocks then upcoming commissioning ceremony, that had followed the retirement of the Coast Guard Buoy Tender Bramble, the accident became very high profile and subsequently was investigated by the United States Coast Guard Investigations Board that later determined that the Captain of the Hollyhock would be held responsible for the March Collision with the Cort.  The investigation showed that the Captain was responsible but not grossly negligent for the inadvertent accident, and that he would and does remain Captain of the USCG Hollyhock.
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03-16-2005 PRIOR TO LAUNCH
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The USCG Hollyhock has since been repaired
June 2005:  Lt. Cmdr. Mike McBrady as captain of the 225-foot-cutter Hollyhock “because his commanding admiral said he lacks the leadership needed to command the ship and its crew.”  Temporarily taking McBrady place has been Cmdr. Don Triner, commander of the new 240-foot Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw.

July 9, 2005, Lt. Cdr. Michael Davanzo took charge of the Hollyhock during a change of command ceremony in Cleveland, Ohio. On Thursday, July 7, 2005, Davanzo previously commanded the Coast Guard Cutter Rambler, based in Charleston, S.C., and the Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin in Baltimore, Md.
The United States Coast Guard has and is responding in an outstanding fashion to the rapid deployment of assets to New Orleans.  Assets such as USCG Dauphins used to pluck men, women, and children from the tops of roofs.  The pictures define the great response that was taking place.  Coast Guardsman also have provided much need Emergency Medical Services and continue to do so.  Assests and personnel from the Great Lakes region have joined the men and women already on scene.
Coast Guard searches for stranded residents in isolated area's unreachable by other means
A Coast Guard Dauphine returning with formerly stranded residents plucked from the roofs of home surrounded by deep and treacherous water
Obstacles encountered by the Coast Air operations include heavy smoke from burning fires around and in the city of New Orleans
Senate OKs bill to make Icebreaker Mackinaw (83) a Museum
The U.S. Senate voted Thursday October 27, 2005, to convey ownership of the Mackinaw to the city of Mackinaw, MI, its longtime home port, had been the city of Cheboygan, where it was decommissioned in 2006.  The New Great Lakes Icebreaker Mackinaw was delivered to the Coast Guard in October 2005. Designed as a multi-mission vessel, designed to maintain buoys and other aids-to-navigation in addition to icebreaking duties. This vessel will have the capacity for search and rescue, marine environmental response, maritime law enforcement, and Homeland security roles.

The Mackinaw is 240 ft long, and has a maximum beam of 60 ft, designed to accommodate a crew of 55. Mackinaw (30) is outfitted with a state of the art bridge and machinery systems.  The new vessel is a diesel electric integrated propulsion plant along with azimuth podded propulsions.  The new Mackinaw will have the capability to break 32” of level ice at 3 knots with high tech maneuverability characteristics.

The new Mackinaw (30) is replacing the current Mackinaw (83) both vessels will remain home-ported in Cheboygan, Michigan the later becoming a museum, however the Mackinaw (83) will remain in a 5 year recall status. The name “MACKINAW,” has become an icon representing the epitome of Coast Guard service on the Great Lakes. To many generations of mariners the Mackinaw has always been there, strong, reliable, and inspiring confidence.
The New Mac was entering Grand Haven Monday December 12, 2005 at 4:00 pm shortly after entering the channel the Mac from the center of the channel to the right hitting the south channel wall a short distance from where we were Standing. The Mac sustained damage to the starboard bow just above the waterline.
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  Mackinaw (83)
  The final Icebraking Season for the now retired Mackonaw (83)
The commanding officer of the Mackinaw (WAGB-83) signed over control of the cutter to the Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum, Inc. at 2:00 p.m. Friday July 9, 2006 in the Captain's cabin aboard ship.  The Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum took over official control on June 30,2006 after it was delivered to Mackinaw City, Mich.
The United States Coast on June 10, 2006, said thank you thank you to the "Mighty Mac" Mackinaw (83) in what turned out to be a very emotional goodbye as the Mackinaw was (83) Decommissioned in front of a capacity crowd which included the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard and Congress Dennis Hatcher. 

The new 90 million dollar Mackinaw (30) was officially welcomed by the United States Coast Guard beginning her career as the replacement to the 1944 Mackinaw and beginning her new role as a multi-task Vessel. 
                                    Retired U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw’s New Home

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Mackinaw is now anchored at her permanent home in located at Mackinaw MI.  A dock in Mackinaw City was made available and was both large enough and deep enough to moor the 290-foot ice-breaker. The site was formerly the home dock for the former Chief Wawatam.

The dock owned by Bill Shepler owner of Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry Service made the dock available to the Mackinaw Museum Committee, after attempts to retain the Mackinaw in Cheboygan, which had served as the ships home port for more than six decades.

The Mackinaw Museum officials were nervous following their request to utilize the state of Michigan owned dock in Mackinaw City, which owns the former car ferry location prior to and during construction of the Mackinaw Bridge.  The Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials turned down their requests citing the current ongoing renovations.

Mr. Bill Shepler granted the use of the dock for the retired Mackinaw which had been the most powerful and technologically-advanced icebreaker on the Great Lakes at the time of her launch in 1944.  The Mackinaw kept navigational pathways free of ice for commercial shipping through winter months from 1944 until her decommissioning on June 10, 2006.

The Mackinaw opened as a Museum in Mackinaw City in August of 2006.
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  2 Coast Guard Crewmen Killed During Mission
Coast Guard Station        "Muskegon,"         Prepare for Departure
08-17-2006--Two crew members assigned to the "Healy," a Seattle-based Coast Guard ice breaker were killed August 17, 2006, while taking part on a scientific support mission.  The Healy is currently reported to be some 500 miles north of Barrow Alaska.

Lt. Jessica Hill, 30, of St. Augustine, Fla., and Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Duque, 26, of Miami died as the result of a diving accident.  Dave's EMS Headquarters extends it's prayers and share the enormous loss of these two Armed Service's Personnel

In 1994 My wife and I were treated to a Tour of the T.C. Air Station these helo were in the Process of being changed out to the new short Range helos, with the pictured helos that were transfered to Coastal work

USCG Mackinaw Works on Ice Lanes
Petty Officer 3rd Class Ronald Gill, 26 A Coast Guardsmen from Rhode Island.  Gill fell off a 25-foot fast response boat in Puget Sound near Vashon Island on March 25, 2007, and died of injuries suffered when the boat's propeller struck his head.

Gill, a reservist on active duty who had served in the Coast Guard since October 2003, was a native of Cranston, R.I. He is survived by his wife, his parents and a brother.
With deep respect and admiration, for your service to our Country both here in the United States as well as our Coast Guard Forces assigned over seas I dedicate this site page to the men and women  who have served, serving, and those who will serve with the U.S. Coast Guard, which  is the most multi tasked branch of the United States Military.  Your service, and abilities have been and are critical to our Country's Security and Defense.  The U.S. Coast Guard is credited for saving over 1 Million Individuals,  since the U.S. Coast Guard inception. 
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aking a queue from history, the Ninth Coast Guard District is altering course when it comes to boarding commercial and recreational vessels this coming season.  On June 4, 1791, the first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton, issued a letter of instruction to the commanding officers of the first 10 cutters of the fledgling Revenue Marine, precursor of today's U.S. Coast Guard.  Hamilton's words defined these commanding officers as servants of the people; the very people over whom they would exercise broad enforcement authority.  Responding to a perception of increased heavy-handedness since 9-11, the Ninth Coast Guard District is reinforcing a philosophy of, "respecting the mariner," among its front line personnel who patrol the Great Lakes.  Hamilton conveyed the idea that American citizens do not appreciate intrusive government.  This continues to be the case.  As it was 217 years ago, professionalism and restraint are crucial to successfully carrying out the Coast Guard's duties.  To read the complete article concerning the Ninth Coast Guard District's boarding program on the Great Lakes, please click here: "Hamilton's Spirit Lives on in Coast Guard Boarding Program."                                         
                                                                           Coast Guard Helicopter Goes Down Killing
                                                                                        4 Brave Crew Members
September 04, 2008  USCG Rear Admiral Manson Brown told the Honolulu Advertiser three of the Dolphin's four-man crew were killed when the
helo impacted the water six miles off Sand Island, during a "routine" mock search-and-rescue exercise. The accident occurred at approximately
8:15 pm.

Three crewmembers were recovered from the water by the Honolulu Fire Department, and transported to Queens Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead. A fourth crewmember remains missing as of Friday morning.

The tragedy marks the first major downing of one of the Coast Guards its rescue Helicopters in over 25 years.  Three of the Four crew members bodies were recovered by Crews onboard a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III and Coast Guard lifeboat were in the area at the time of the accident, and saw the Dolphin go down.

The Co-pilot Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Wischmeier, Rescue Swimmer Petty Officer 1st Class David Skimin and Flight mechanic Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Nicols died when their HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crashed. 

The U.S. Coast Guard along with the U.S. Navy continued to Search for the Pilot of the ill fated chopper.  The name and rank is being held by of the missing Pilot has yet to be released by the Coast Guard.

                                                     Dave's EMS Headquarters exteneds it's deepest sympathy to the Families of the brave hero's.

                                         The United States Coast Guard held a Memorial Service for the FOUR Brave lost Crew on September 4 2008

9-12-2008  About 1,500 people attended a memorial service today for the crew of a Coast Guard helicopter that crashed last Friday.  The service, at Air Station Barbers Point, was for three men killed and one missing from a HH-65 helicopter that crashed during a training mission south of Honolulu International Airport.

Two helicopters did a "missing man" flyover during today's service. One also flew over the crash site to lay a wreath in the water.  Both helicopters are Hawai'i-based but were flown by air crews from Alaska and San Francisco.                   Coast Guard Flyover with missing man formation (click picture to enlarge)

                            Milwaukee Station Takes Receipt of Swift Boat
The Coast Guard station in Milwaukee received in 2009 one of the first newest and sleeker, faster boat to use for search-and-rescue efforts.  One of the first Response Boat-Mediums that recently rolled off the assembly line arrived this week in Milwaukee. The $2.5 million, 45-foot-long boat will replace the Coast Guard’s 41-foot response boats here and in other parts of the country.

The Coast Guard contract for 180 Response Boat-Mediums will be split between Marinette Marine Corp. and Kvichak Marine Industries in Kent, Wash. The first 10 boats are being constructed by Kvichak while Marinette Marine, which is ramping up for construction at its Green Bay facility, is scheduled to build the 11th and 12th.  Continued construction after the first dozen boats are completed is contingent upon testing. Assembly takes eight weeks.

The first three boats were delivered to Coast Guard stations in Oregon, Virginia and Florida, and Wisconsin’s was delivered this week. The Response Boat-Medium being tested on Lake Michigan will be the only one in the Great Lakes region so testing can be done in varying weather conditions, said Milwaukee Station Coast Guard Cmdr. Joe Malinauskas.  “We’re very excited to get it. It’s packed with new technology and new capability we’re looking to use on Lake Michigan,” said Malinauskas.

The Response Boat-Medium will replace 25-year-old utility boats that are being phased out because of escalating maintenance costs. The new boats feature better electronics, more speed and power and more crew comforts such as heat, air conditioning and more seating, said Bryan Martin, field crew coordinator for Kvichak Marine Industries.
                                    Coast Guard's newest boat debut at Station Milwaukee

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan:  The Coast Guard's newest surface asset, the Response Boat-Medium (RB-M).  The RB-M is a self-righting, 45-foot all-aluminum boat with twin diesel engines and water jet propulsion.  The boat was delivered in spring 2009.

"We're proud to be the first Great Lakes unit to receive this highly capable new asset.  The Coast Guard has a long history of service in Wisconsin, and the RB-M increases our capabilities to serve the boating public, and work with all our local, state, federal and private sector partners," said commander of Sector Lake Michigan, Capt. Bruce Jones.

Coast Guard Station Milwaukee, who has continuously served area mariners since it was commissioned as U. S. Lifesaving Station Number 10 in 1878, will receive the boat.

In 2006, the Coast Guard awarded a contract for up to 250 RB-Ms to Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) of Marinette, Wis.  RB-Ms are now being built by Kvichak Marine (a subcontractor of MMC) in Kent, Wash.   To increase production, MMC has initiated the opening of a second production facility in Green Bay, Wisc.  Station Milwaukee's RB-M is the fourth to be delivered to the Coast Guard.  Milwaukee was selected based on its wide range of missions, high operational tempo, and opportunity to test the boat in the full range of environmental conditions.

Designed to be multi-mission, the RB-M will operate around the country in coastal zones including shore, inland waterways and open ocean out to 50 nautical miles.  The RB-M will replace the aging 41-foot utility boats, which have been the workhorse of Coast Guard boat stations for more than a quarter of a century.

Improvements which the RB-M provides include a full cabin providing protection from the elements, a robust navigation system, heating and air conditioning, shock mitigating seats, and a communication system capable of communicating with other federal, state and local agencies.

Coast Guard Station Milwaukee provides Search and Rescue, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Marine Environmental Protection and other missions in an 884 square mile area stretching from Wind Point, WI to just South of Port Washington, Wis., along 34 nautical miles of shoreline and out to the center of Lake Michigan.

In a typical year, according to the station's officer-in-charge, Senior Chief Chris Purdy, the 22-man crew responds to 125 search and rescue missions, and enforces dozens of safety and security zones for special events along the waterfront.  The Station works closely with the volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Milwaukee Police Department Harbor Patrol, the Milwaukee Fire Department marine unit, the Wisconsin DNR, and other local law enforcement agencies.     

"The RB-M brings a whole new level of technology to the Coast Guard's fleet of small boats," said Senior Chief Purdy. "I believe the RB-M will enable Coast Guard men and women to do their jobs more efficiently and more safely."

Have You Forgotten
  By:  Darryl Worley
The U.S. Coast Guard, Rescued 150 people stranded on an ice flow off of Locust Point
The U.S. Coast Guard, and multiple state and local agencies rescue several hundred people stranded on an ice floe in western Lake Erie near Oak Harbor, Ohio.  On February 7,2009, The U.S. Coast Guard, along with local agencies.  Approximately 150 people were  trapped on the ice flow. The call for help was received by the U.S. Coast Guard at approximately 10:45 am.

Responding agencies included: U.S. Coast Guard Air Stations Detroit, Traverse City, Mich., and Elizabeth City, N.C.; U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, U.S. Coast Guard Stations Toledo, Ohio, Belle Isle, Mich., St. Clair Shores, Mich., and Marblehead, Ohio; Canadian Coast Guard; Ohio State Patrol, Monroe County Sheriff;  Jervis, Carol and Washington Townships; Toledo Lifeflight.
Coast Guard Commander Died on Board Tahoma
Coast Guard Cmdr. Keith Willis, age 44, a 20-year veteran of the United States Coast Guard, was the commander of the Tahoma, which was homeported at the Kittery yard.  Was Found dead in his Cabin Sunday February 15, 2009.  Cmdr. Willis died in his sleep of natural causes.  The Tahoma, with a crew of 100, had returned to its homeport Jan. 28, 2009, after a deployment off New England, where it conducted various law enforcement and marine safety missions.                                  
        August 4, 2016 Coast Guard Celebrates 226 years of Service to our Country
On Aug. 4, 1790, Congress authorizes the construction of the first 10 United States Coast Guard Vessels to initially enforce tariffs, trade laws and prevent smuggling.

The United States Coast Guard is one of the Branches of the U.S. Military, and is charged with Domestic Security, as well as Deployments in times of War.  Coast Guard Men and Women have defended the United States from WW1, WW2, Korea, Viet Nam, The Gulf War. (1991) and continue to deploy in both Iraq, and Afghanistan.

In Addition the U.S. Coast Guard provides Security, Conduct Search and Rescue Missions and respond to Environmental Missions.  There are over 42,000 active-duty Coast Guard Service Members.
                       AUGUST 04, 1790 --  AUGUST 04, 2016  226 of SERVICE YEARS AND COUNTING
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7 Coast Guard and 2 Marines involved in Mid-Air Collision Killed
Updated November 03, 2009  A search off the coast of San Diego for seven Coast Guard crew members based in Sacramento and two Marines ended Sunday morning November 01, possibly if there is still no sign of the crew members.

Seven crew members were aboard the C-130 have been missing since their plane collided with a Marine helicopter Thursday night October 29, 2009 while searching for a missing boater near San Clemente Island, off the Southern California coast.

A Coast Guard C-130, based out of the McClellan Air Park in North Highlands, crashed at 7:10 p.m. Thursday after colliding with a Marine AH-1W helicopter that was on a training mission. 

                                                             Coast Guard Personnel Killed in the tragic crash: 

Coast Guard crew: Lt. Cmdr. Che J. Barnes, 35, Capay, aircraft commander; Lt. Adam W. Bryant, 28, Crewe, Va., co-pilot; Chief Petty Officer John F. Seidman, 43, Carmichael, flight engineer; Petty Officer 2nd Class Carl P. Grigonis, 35, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, navigator; Petty Officer 2nd Class Monica L. Beacham, 29, Decaturville, Tenn., radio operator; Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason S. Moletzsky, 26, Norristown, Pa., air crew; and Petty Officer 3rd Class Danny R. Kreder II, 22, Elm Mott, Texas, drop master.
Marine Corps crew: Maj. Samuel Leigh, 35, Kennebec, Maine; 1st Lt. Thomas Claiborne, 26, Parker, Colo.
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                               THE ICEBREAKERS MACKINAW
Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk Helicopter Crashes in Utah Returning from Olympic's
Salt Lake City Utah 03-04-2010 - A Coast Guard helicopter crashed Wednesday morning March 03, 2010, in a remote area of the Utah mountains after providing security at the Winter Olympics.  Coast Guard Pilot Cmdr. Patrick Shaw and Electronics Technician Gina Panuzzi listed in critical condition and Co-Pilot, Lt. Cmdr. Steven Cerveny has been upgraded today Thursday March 04, 2010, to serious condition. The three had been airlifted a Salt Lake City hospital after their MH-60T Jayhawk went down in heavy weather.  Two other crew members were uninjured in the crash.  The Coast Guard remains on scene, investigating the cause of the crash.

Update:  04-14-2010-Due to the skills of the pilot and co-pilot all are home and recovering
CG Commander Patrick Shaw
Air Station Traverse City is in line to receive four MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters
More Info on the HH-65C'S as well as the HH-65D's
The Detroit Based U. S Coast Guard helicopter that crashed Tuesday during night April 20, 2010, training in southern Lake Huron has been pulled from the water, was pulled up and then loaded on a platform and taken to a hangar.

Investigators expect to analyze the airframe in a secure hangar at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township.

Divers said the helicopter showed no signs of polluting the lake. About 140 gallons of aviation-grade fuel is still in the orange HH65C rescue helicopter, which had been sitting in 50 feet of water at the bottom of the lake, Coast Guard officials said today.

The black box and main rotor blades have been recovered and now investigators will try to determine why the craft crashed at 9:45 p.m. Tuesday April 20, 2010, while practicing rescue hoists with a 41-foot Coast Guard boat about nine miles north of Port Huron.
                       All three crew members onboard when the helicopter crashed escaped with bumps and bruises.
Coast Guard Chopper Recovered
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Seattle WA, July 07, 2010  A Coast Guard helicopter from Astoria, Ore., en route to Alaska went down in the water at about 9:45 a.m. today near James Island after clipping marked power lines that extends from the island to LaPush, the Coast Guard reported today.

Four men were on board, Cmdr. Kevin Gavin of Coast Guard/Group Air Station Port Angeles said.

The Coast Guard lost three of the four flight team. The fourth has been taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with non-life-threatening injuries, consisting of a fractured armed and leg.

The Coast Guard has identified the four crewmen of the helicopter that crashed off the Washington coast, killing three.
The survivor of Wednesday's crash is 29-year-old Lt. Lance D. Leone of Ventura, Calif. He's recovering from a broken arm and leg at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

The dead identified Thursday are 33-year-old Lt. Sean D. Krueger of Seymour, Conn.; 40-year-old Adam C. Hoke of Great Falls, Mont.; and 33-year-old Brett M. Banks of Rock Springs, Wyo.  Krueger was the commander. He leaves a wife and three children. Hoke was single with one child, and Banks was married with two children.

The U.S. Coast Guard investigators are investigating why the MH-60 Jayhawk went down in the water near La Push, about 100 miles west of Seattle on the Olympic Peninsula.

The four crew members of the MH-60 Jayhawk, were stationed at the Coast Guard station in Sitka, Alaska.
Three of Four Crew Members of a MH-60 Jayhawk Killed in Helicopter Crash
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Coast Guard Petty Officer Shaun Lin, 23, was a member of the Fort Wadsworth’s Maritime Safety and Security Team, and an Iraq war veteran lost his life in a training excercise on Wednesday October 13, 2010.  Petty officer Lin died while participatining in a training excercise in Virginia, when he fell into the water Wednesday, eveining, at around 9:15 p.m. while he was transferring from a 25-foot Marine Security Response Team vessel to the Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew in the vicinity of the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel.

Petty Officer Lin had been awarded two Commandant Commendation Medals, a Coast Guard Unit Commendation Medal, a Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation, a Coast Guard Overseas Service Ribbon, a National Defense Service Medal, an Iraqi Campaign Medal, a Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbon, a Coast Guard Rifle Marksman Ribbon and a Coast Guard Pistol Marksman Ribbon.

Petty officer had been with the Coast Guard just over three years.
                                                                     Coast Guard Authorization Act
Today I have signed into law H.R. 3619, the "Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010." This Act strengthens the Coast Guard as a military service and branch of the Armed Forces in the Department of Homeland Security by providing organizational flexibility for the Coast Guard and allowing for improvements to its military housing. Additionally, the Act materially enhances the marine safety and maritime security missions of the Coast Guard, and it includes language to implement the International Convention on the Control of Harmful Anti-Fouling Systems on Ships, 2001.

Section 818 of the Act requires the Comptroller General to determine whether it is feasible to deliver securely a transportation security card to an approved applicant's place of residence. If such a determination is made, the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) would be required to implement a process that allows for such delivery. This provision would impermissibly vest authority in the Comptroller General, a congressional officer, to bind the Secretary in the performance of an Executive function. Therefore, the Secretary will need to treat the Comptroller General's findings as advisory and nonbinding.

Finally, certain provisions in section 401 may vest significant authority in the Coast Guard Chief Acquisition Officer, who is not appointed in conformity with the Appointments Clause of the Constitution. The Executive will therefore need to construe these provisions as requiring approval of any exercise of significant authority by a supervisor who is an officer of the United States.
                                                                               October 15, 2010 Statement by the President Barack Obama
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2011  The Coast Guard is releasing the Great Lakes Maritime Strategy, a multi-year plan for Coast Guard activities in the 9th district region.  Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, presented the strategy at the 2011 Traverse City Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner Friday in Traverse City.
The Great Lakes Maritime Strategy describes a five-year vision, the district commander’s guiding principles, the Ninth Coast Guard District’s strategic objectives, and a call to action that will guide the years ahead.

                                     USCG Fact Sheet: Great Lakes Maritime Strategy – At a Glance
                                                            • Excel at mission execution;
                                                            • Inspire and serve our people;
                                                            • Enhance bi‐national cooperation and governance;
                                                            • Optimize force allocation and resources;
                                                            • Strengthen strategic partnerships; and
                                                            • Share our story.

                                                              Excel at mission execution
Our first and primary responsibility is safe and effective mission execution in the maritime domain. We must grow and sustain the best watchstanders, cuttermen, aircrews, boat crews, and marine inspectors in the entire service.  The nation expects and the Great Lakes region relies on our ability to accomplish our missions.
                                                             Inspire and serve our people
Mission execution depends on command and organizational climates that encourage excellence from every member of the Coast Guard family – active, reserve, auxiliary and civilian.  We must foster a mutual respect of our shipmates, champion diversity of background and thought, reward innovation and ensure transparent communications.  The Ninth District and subordinate command elements will strive to inspire and serve our people, and thereby achieve organizational and individual excellence.
                                              Enhance bi‐national cooperation and governance
The Ninth Coast Guard District enjoys a unique view and responsibility within the Great Lakes system that has helped build and sustain a diverse set of relationships, formal and informal, with our Canadian peers. It is only through combined and interagency effort that daily and contingency mission requirements can be met.
                                                    Optimize force allocation and resources
Resources are scarce and finite and thus we must be diligent in ensuring resources are applied based on data‐driven mission requirements and not just historical legacy.  While we may not always be able to control our ability to relocate resources, we can assure the mission requirements we place at locations are appropriate and sustainable.
                                                         Strengthen strategic partnerships
We cannot meet every mission priority alone. The public expects and our missions demand that we seek out sustainable partnerships at every level of maritime interest.  The complexity and strategic importance of the Great Lakes region has spurred many longstanding regional partnerships that should be leveraged and strengthened to promote harmony among mutually reinforcing goals. With more than 40 federally recognized tribal nations in the Great Lakes region, specific effort on tribal partnerships merit increased attention.

The Great Lakes maritime environment is complex and often misunderstood by those outside it, and in some cases even stakeholders within it underestimate the operational complexity and challenges.
Few organizations enjoy a broader vantage point of the Great Lakes maritime system than the Ninth Coast Guard District. It’s incumbent on us to proactively share our story, internally and externally.
We must orient ourselves to the issues that regional and national leadership care about and ensure they understand the tremendous relevance and value the Coast Guard brings to the effort.
                                                       The Coast Guard's Great Lakes Maritime Strategy can be viewed by clicking here.
                                                                              View the U.S.C.G's main six objectives click here
Rear Adm. Michael N. Parks, Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District Released the Great Lakes Maritime Strategy
Grand Haven MI Coast Guard Station practice with 47' vessel
            Dave's EMS Headquarters is celebrating it's 15th year on-line on since August 05, 2011
The U.S. Coast Guard has Awarded an Extension 21.9 Million Dollar Contract to Marinette Marine Corp
Marinette Marine Corp. was awarded a contract for 10 more 45' response boat-mediums from the U.S. Coast Guard, the additional 10 RB-M boats are valued at just under $22.0 million which are part of a multiyear contract to build as many as 250 of the boats that could be worth as much as $600 million. Marinette Marine is one of two builders awarded contracts for the new Homeland Security inspired boats.  Previous Boats RB-M were built begining in 2005.
           Coast Guard's
          New 45-foot Medium
              Response Boat
The 290-foot ship Mackinaw is anchored as a historical and maritime museum
                  Fifteen Years Ago
  September 11, 2001-September 11, 2016
The United States Coast Guard responded on September 11, 2001, to aid the efforts of Search and Rescue, in addition the Coast Guard continued in the days weeks and months and now 15 years later, the U.S. Coast Guard continues efforts of securing our American Homelands ports and borders.  Eleven years after the attacks on the U.S. our Coast Guard has provided protection for Football super bowls, Baseball series, Hockey Championships, Political Conventions, Summits, and may other events. 
Dave's EMS Headquarters, truly thanks the U.S. Coast Guard for it's efforts here in the U.S. as well as their contributions and sacrifices in Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.
Coast Guard MI based Escanaba was Lost in WWII with ALL Hands following it being torpedoed
                                              Shipping on the Great Lakes Documentary

      Beacon Productions has released the most outstanding documentary relating to the history of shipping on the Great Lakes and its current impact on our modern economy I have seen.  Leonard Brown’s documentary follows one crew on board a 1000-foot Great Lakes freighter for a seven-day trip that begins in Duluth, Minnesota and transits many of the Great Lakes. It also shows the complexity of the modern loading systems that are used to load cargo onto these ships.

      Leonard Brown, the producer of this documentary (which is available on DVD) painstakingly documents the history of shipping on the Great Lakes (primarily in the Duluth area) as well as what life is like aboard a Great Lakes freighter. He also describes the duties of both the Captain and crew.  Beacon Productions ( also details, the economic impact of commerce on the Great Lakes, as well as the dangers faced by the crews who work on-board freighters.

      My family and I have been drawn to the Great Lakes shorelines for its scenery, fun, swimming, as well as watching freighters as they come in to West Michigan ports to unload items such as sand, coal, and stone just to name a few. We have watched many documentaries on the Discovery Channel; however this documentary far exceeds any program we have ever seen!  I strongly recommend the purchase of “Ships of the Great Lakes,” The DVD is 90 minutes in length with no commercials and is packed with amazing video, photography, scenery, historical facts, and interviews. Priced at $19.95 (not including shipping) is unbelievably low, given the high quality of the production with its educational and historical data the producer has included.  This is a must have for your family and students of all ages, as well as Great Lakes enthusiast.
                                                                      Click here to view a trailer of the DVD
Exciting DVD for Family/Yourself
Includes many Coast Guard scenes
On Thursday February 29, 2012 a US Coast Guard helicopter crashed in Alabama's Mobile Bay during a training mission. 
Three of the four crew members bodies have been recovered as of Thursday March 1, 2012.  Killed in the Line of Duty were Pilot Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor and Co-Pilot Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron.  Rescue swimmer Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge, and Flight Mechanic Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight.  On Thursday, the Coast Guard recovered the main fuselage of the downed helicopter.

         The following Coast Guard Personnel, Support Personnel, and Assets are being used in the search and Recovery efforts.
                                             The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Stingray, homeported in Mobile
                               Two MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crews from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans
                               One MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.
                          Two 26-foot Trailerable Aids-to-Navigation Boats and crews from Coast Guard Sector Mobile
                                                                    Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team
                                      Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego dive team
                                                                     Alabama Marine Resources
                                                                  Mobile County Sheriff's Office.
The MH-65C, commonly referred to as the Dolphin, is a twin-engine, single-rotor helicopter often used in search and rescue operations.  The typical crew includes two pilots, a flight mechanic and a rescue swimmer.  The Coast Guard began an engine replacement program costing nearly $250 million to solve over sixty reported cases of engine failures or other problems over a six-month period in 2004.  Originally known as the HH-65, Dolphin helicopters with new engines, communication equipment and weapons were designated as the MH-65C, which is the type of helicopter that went down in Mobile Bay.  The MH-65D Upgrade has been the most current upgrade of the popular short range search and rescue helicopter.

The cause of the helicopter crash is under investigation.
Dave's EMS Headquarters extends it's deepest sympathies to the families as well as their fellow Guardsmen the four brave men 
First  Season for the New Icebreaker Mackinaw(30)
On Sunday November 4, 2012, I was watching the football game on one network who took a moment to pay tribute to our Military.  I was shocked to hear one of the T.V. reporters state how proud he was of the four Military branches.  Angered I switched channels and later to watch another football game on another network only to see one of the NFL players wearing decals for four of the military branches.

Why am I upset?  The answer should be extremely easy, there are five Military branches.  Fox left out the United States COAST GUARD.  Yes, the Coast Guard is a Military Branch and has fought in the Wars and Campaigns.  Many Coast Guard Servicemen have given their lives in the defense of our country; many others have been wounded and or disabled. 

Fox Sports owe the men and women of the United States Coast Guard an apology and reorganization, as well as a member of the Chicago Bears who did have either the knowledge or dignity to have the fifth decal honoring the U.S. Coast Guard.

On my behalf, I thank the men and women of the United States Coast Guard who have protected the U.S. overseas as well here at home.  I also have a page recognizing all of our Armed Services.

(Please also pay tribute to the men who served in the merchant marines whose contributions and sacrifices in time of war.)

              Update:  As of September, 2014 No apology has been offered by Either Fox News or the NFL
An Apology is owed to the Unted States Coast Guard
Since February 05, 2013, An individual or individuals has forced the emergency landing of several U.S. Coast Guard Air Assets. Using a green laser pen have forced several emergency landings over 2012, 2013, and 2014.  If you have any information contact the United States Coast Guard, The F.A.A., or the FBI.  Please stop this person or persons before they cause a crash or cause death.