itCG – 3 saved from sinking ship, major drug bust, 1st female rescue swimmer retires, home for the holidays

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COAST GUARD AIR STATION SAN FRANCISCO – Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Patrick, an aviation maintenance technician stationed here, performs a safety and functions check of the M14 rifle Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009, prior to departing for a ports, waterways and coastal security flight. Arial gunners from the air station completed their final phase of initial PWCS training evolutions in June of 2009 and continue to remain vigilant against threats of terrorism. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson
COAST GUARD AIR STATION SAN FRANCISCO – A petty officer performs a safety and functions check of the M14 rifle prior to departing for a ports, waterways and coastal security (PWCS) flight. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson) Click the image to watch video of the patrol flight.
  • Guardians rescued three men from their sinking fishing vessel approximately 60 miles into the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. A helicopter out of Air Station Clearwater , Fla. responding to the vessel’s EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) spotted the handheld flare the men were waving from 15-miles out and hoisted them to safety.
    Story here
  • Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant returned to port over the weekend and offloaded nearly 1,900 pounds of cocaine seized during a law enforcement patrol in the Caribbean Sea . The 675 bricks of seized drugs, believed to have a street value of $26.3 million, were handed over the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Port Canaveral, Fla.
    Story here
  • The Coast Guard’s first female rescue swimmer is retiring after 25-years of distinguished service. LCDR Kelly Larson made history as the first female to complete Navy Rescue Swimmer school in 1986. LCDR Larson would attend OCS in 1993 and become a rescue helicopter plot in 1996.
    Story here
  • Welcome home LT Tony Migliorini Jr.! LT Migliorini is on leave from Afghanistan where he is currently serving as part of a Coast Guard RAID (Redeployment Assistance and Inspection Detachment) team supporting U.S. military personnel throughout the Middle East. We hope the LT enjoys his time with his family over the holidays and wish him safety and success upon his redeployment.
    Click here for the story and a video of Migliorini’s surprise reunion with his family.

1 comments on “itCG – 3 saved from sinking ship, major drug bust, 1st female rescue swimmer retires, home for the holidays”

  1. LCDR Larson,

    Well done, Kelly and congratulations on your exemplary service to our country and the Coast Guard. In 1992, I believe we attended Recruiter’s School in Yorktown/Cape May together. It is good to see you continued on to fly for the Coast Guard. I hope you will have continued success in your next adventure.

    Semper Paratus,

    Daniel Rink, TCC, USCG-ret.

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