itCG – Guardian rescued, VADM Crea honored, holiday gift guide

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Members of Coast Guard Station Juneau endured the pain of O.C. pepper spray in part of the Coast Guard's Law Enforcement Policy which doesn't allow members to carry pepper spray if not first sprayed. The test is a stream of O.C. spray followed by 30 seconds of agony, all while another shipmate attacks you with a training pad. The objective is to maintain composure and defend yourself. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios.)
Members of Coast Guard Station Juneau endured the pain of pepper spray in part of the Coast Guard's Law Enforcement Policy which doesn't allow members to carry pepper spray if not first sprayed. The test is a stream of spray followed by 30 seconds of agony, all while another shipmate attacks you with a training pad. The objective is to maintain composure and defend yourself. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jon-Paul Rios.)
  • Earlier this week, we highlighted Guardians training to rescue one of their own off the coast of Savannah. On Wednesday, Air Station Sitka hoisted a petty officer who was separated from his hunting party in the Alaskan wilderness. Senior officers credit the petty officer for having the training and the sense to call for help when he needed it.
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  • Former Vice-Commandant of the Coast Guard Vivian Crea has been selected to the 2010 class of the Women in Aviation International’s Pioneer Hall of Fame. The honor recognizes Vice Admiral Crea’s groundbreaking career in the Coast Guard and her contributions to the aviation community as a whole. Congrats to VADM Crea.
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  • What should you get the seafarer in your life this holiday season? How about a GPS? Or a life raft? Check out the Coast Guard’s top safety gift and stocking stuffer’s guide for 2009.
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