June 28, 2013

Coast Guard Recovers 2 Bodies in Lake Michigan

“Every year since 1921 the Chicago Yacht Club has held an annual race called the Race to Mackinac. The race which started in 1898, wasn’t an annual event until then.

The United States Coast Guard has a long history of helping find missing sailors, or civilians who are missing in the water.

During this years race two sailors went missing when their boats capsized.

The US Coast Guard searched for the missing persons,Mark Money and Suzanne Bickel, who had 44 years of experience between them.

The US Coast Guard found the bodies of Money and his girlfriend, Bickel on Monday morning at 7:45 am on the 18th of July.”

Additional information at:

Chicago Sun Times

Coast Guard Searches for Missing Sailors in Lake Michigan

Coast Guard Navy SEAL Training Program On Hold

Given the high marks and public praise that the US Navy SEALs have received since their daring and very successful mission to eliminate the most wanted man in the world, Osama Bin Ladin, many may question why someone would halt the two year old Coast Guard to SEALs training program.

Coast Guard Navy SEAL Training Program On Hold

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp did exactly that when he stopped the program last autumn and requested that Pacific Area Command perform a financial review of the program in light of tightening budgets and shifting mission focus. The cost analysis will determine if the funds invested meet the current requirements of the Guard and whether or not the program should be cancelled completely.

The cross-service program, initiated in 2008, was strongly supported and widely promoted by Commandant Adm. Thad Allen, Papp’s predecessor. The program was hailed as positive for both the Navy, with its increasing number of special operations in the Middle East, and for the Coast Guard, whose post- 9/11 mission was encompassing more domestic terrorism fighting capacities.

Though the program initially had much senior support, there were some that felt it was moving the Guard away from its traditional mission of rescue and law enforcement. Within three months of assuming command of the USGS, Adm. Papp put a halt to the program and initiated the review.

In January 2010, the Government Accountability Office reported that the Coast Guard continues to face management challenges regarding the effective apportionment of manpower and resources to missions that are increasingly divergent.

Since the inception of the Coast Guard SEALs Transition program in 2008, nineteen Coast Guard members have gone through a Pre-BUD/S Coast Guard training, and six Coasties have been admitted to the Navy BUD/S training. Three have earned their SEAL trident, and two are still in training. There have been no new Guard personnel admitted to the program since August 2010, when Adm. Papp halted the program.

According to a Coast Guard spokesman, the program review team of 20 people are expected to complete their cost benefit analysis in October of this year and Adm. Papp is expected to announce his decision, and the fate of the program, by the end of the year.

Navy Times

Coast Guard Pulls Plug on SEAL Exchange

Coast Guard Suspends SEAL Program

Third Coast Guard SEAL received his trident today!

SEAL Training for Coast Guard Members Put on Hold

Coast Guard Festival

With a legacy that goes back 87 years, the annual Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival offers many activities for the whole family to enjoy. Visitors come from all over to show their appreciation for the diligent service provided by members of the United States Coast Guard. This multi-day festival is where you’ll find everything from live music to carnival rides.

Coast Guard Festival

Free ship tours are available every day. Take a tour of the Coast Guard Cutters Mackinaw, Biscayne Bay, Alder and Katmai Bay. On Monday, August 1st, you can watch from the waterfront as the ships sail into Grand Haven.

Monday through Wednesday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday there are two-hour tours at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Children must be accompanied by adults at all times while on one of these tours.

On Sunday, July 31, from 7:30am to 2:30 p.m. the festival will host a car show with a DJ, trophies and door prizes.

Kid’s Day takes place Tuesday, August 2, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is where your children can enjoy games, storytelling, face painting, arts & crafts and more. This event is expected to draw over 3,000 kids to Mulligana’s Hollow.

Later that evening, there will be a free street dance held on Washington Street from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Featuring the Sea Cruisers, this event showcases a variety of music from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.

Tuesday is also the first day when you can enjoy carnival rides and midway games from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, the carnival is in operation from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday you can enjoy the carnival from 12:00 p.m. 1:00 a.m. Unlimited rides are available with the purchase of a $20 wristband.

The Grand Parade takes place Saturday, August 6, at 11:45 am. This two-hour parade draws nearly 100,000 spectators and features marching bands, military units, novelty units and dignitaries. The festival closes on that night with fireworks over the waterfront.

With so much to see and do during this festival, it will be easy to find something for everyone to enjoy!

Additional information at:

Coast Guard Festival Offical Facebook Page

West Michigan Tourist Association

Michigan Live

MichiganFireworks.com

Coast Guard Searches For Missing Boaters in Sea of Cortez

The US Coast Guard is gearing up to send out an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to help the Mexican navy find six missing fisherman, all of whom are American.

Coast Guard Searches For Missing Boaters in Sea of Cortez

A charter fishing boat carrying 44 people capsized during a storm on Sunday before it sank in the Sea of Cortez, which is near Isla San Luis, Mexico.

Out of the 44 people who had been aboard the boat, 37 were rescued and one body was recovered.

The remaining six men are still missing. After searching for them using surface ships as well as aircraft, the Mexican navy requested assistance from the US Coast Guard.