itCG- Cadet makes history, Blue Angels overflight, missing boater, crash test dummies

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Post written by Bob Hopkins

  • For Cadet 1st Class Jacqueline “Jackie” Fitch, being chosen the Corps of Cadets Regimental Commander has more significance than just leading the Coast Guard Academy’s 970-plus-member corps and being the top student voice in administrative affairs, but also trailblazing a new path as the first black female to hold the position.
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  • Guardians from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco conducted an overflight with a Navy Blue Angels pilot to familiarize Navy air show performers with the San Francisco Bay area in preparation for this week’s Fleet Week activities. The Coast Guard is advising boaters attending the events to practice safe boating by wearing a life jacket and using a marine radio to listen for broadcasts and to anticipate water traffic, boat wakes and seasonal midday winds. Click here for images of the Blue Angels overflight.
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  • There’s no such thing as being too prepared or over training when you’re a Guardian. Air crews from Humboldt Bay Air Station are conducting survival training with the Shallow Water Egress Trainer (SWET) , that mimics a helicopter cockpit floating in water. The drill is part of annual training for flight crews.
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  • Randy, the rescue dummy, and his friends are taking a beating these days as authorities use them as part of a project, funded by Coast Guard grants, being conducted on the James River in Virginia. They hope the simulated boat crashes teach investigators how to reconstruct recreational boating collisions and improve boating safety. Coast Guard boating safety statistics show that 709 people died last year in nearly 4,800 recreational boating accidents.
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