itCG – Arctic awareness, Ingham becomes historic landmark, Guardians on the small screen, Christmas Tree Ship Mackinaw

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  • As the Arctic becomes more accessible to shipping traffic, the Coast Guard will be presented with new scientific research opportunities as well as marine safety and homeland security challenges. Earlier this week, journalists were invited on the final Arctic Awareness flight of the year and given the opportunity to discuss the Coast Guard’s Arctic missions with Rear Admiral Chris Colvin, Commander of the 17th District.
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  • The Coast Guard Cutter Ingham carried Guardians into harm’s way during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam but is perhaps best known for its role as a search and rescue platform during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift that saw approximately 125,000 Cubans board boats bound for the United States from April to October in 1980. The Ingham, which also has the distinction of being the only cutter to receive two Presidential Unit Citations, will now serve as a floating museum and memorial in Key West, Florida.
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  • Rescue swimmers from Air Station Humboldt Bay were deployed yesterday morning, not as part of a search and rescue operation but instead for crews working filming a television series on the toughest jobs in the military. The four-part miniseries to air on the cable network The Military Channel will feature military missions in four categories: physically extreme jobs, big jobs, dirty jobs and dangerous jobs.
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  • During the holiday season, the Cutter Mackinaw takes on the unofficial role of Christmas Tree Ship. The Mackinaw will transport 1,500 Christmas trees from northern Michigan to families in need in Chicago. Along the way, the Mackinaw will carry on its day to day business of pulling buoys from Lake Michigan as part of Operation Fall Retrieve.
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