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Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2015: Tuesday

Coast Guardsmen offload approximately 1,100 kilograms of cocaine and 4,420 pounds of marijuana, interdicted in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Martillo and Operation Unified Resolve worth an estimated wholesale value of $41 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., Sept. 29, 2015. Since October 2014, the Coast Guard has removed 130 metric tons of cocaine ($4.3 billion), the most since 2008. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney)

On Tuesday’s Week in the Life series, we feature operations from Coast Guard Cutter Sledge in Curtis Bay, Maryland, engine checks at Station Cape Charles, Virginia, a drug offload in Miami Beach, Florida, night hoist operations in Houston and new recruits reporting to Training Center Cape May, New Jersey.

This time around: Coast Guard Academy cadet reflects on prior service

Cadet 1st Class Matthew Hanks

On the surface, First Class Cadet Matthew Hanks appears to be a typical cadet: he plays baseball, he spends some nights up late working civil engineering design problems, and he’s gearing up for life as a commissioned officer. But a look beneath the surface reveals someone vastly different. Not only is he the spring 2015 regimental commander, the highest-ranking cadet in the corps of cadets, he’s already been in the Coast Guard for almost eight years.

‘Prepare for the worst, hope for the best’

Responding in hurricane

As Hurricane Isaac inched towards the Gulf Coast in August 2012, Petty Officer 2nd Class James Hockenberry was assigned to an aircrew tasked with relocating a Coast Guard helicopter outside of the storm’s path. Left behind were his wife and two boys. A flight mechanic at Air Station Orleans, Hockenberry’s duty to respond doesn’t stop when there is a storm on its way and he ensures his family is prepared well in advance of the storm first and foremost.

Blinded by the light

Laser beam

Weather conditions, crew responsiveness, incoming hazards and myriad meters, gauges and measurements. These are just a few of the things a pilot has to be wary of when flying an aircraft. A new concern is affecting Coast Guard pilots from Cape Cod, to Hawaii, from Puerto Rico to Seattle. Every air station in the Coast Guard is on the lookout for a simple beam of light.

Mobilizing in the aftermath of a hurricane

Hurricane Isaac survey flight

With the threat of destruction looming every hurricane season, complacency is a responder’s worst enemy and aircrews work year-round to ensure they are ready to support their nation and community in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Altogether the preparedness and teamwork at the region’s four air stations paid huge dividends post-Isaac in the form of 28 lives saved and 54 assisted.

Week in the Life of the Coast Guard: Tuesday

C-130

Written by Chief Petty Officer CC Clayton, editor-in-chief, Coast Guard Magazine Ever wonder what the Coast Guard does in an average week during the winter months? Probably pretty slow, right? While a lot of people are digging themselves out from another winter snowstorm, our service is out in full force training, rescuing those in need,

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Announcing the 2010 Video of the Year Winners

Video of the Year winners

Results are in! With 31,639 total YouTube views and 1,064 votes (wow! Thank-you to all who voted), the winners of the second annual Coast Guard Video of the Year Award are… It was a VERY close race… Drum roll please….. First Place – Day 5 Receiving 162 votes, Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 wins

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itCG – ice breaking begins, EPIRB rescue, arming helicopters, video of the year

In this file photo, the Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay clears a path through the icy waters of the Hudson River. The Penobscot Bay is on its way to the Great Lakes to augment the other eight ice breakers assigned to Operations Taconite and Coal Shovel. (USCG photo PA3 Mike Hvozda) Click the image to

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itCG – international drug bust, bird rescue, boaters rescued, oil spill mystery continues

Guardians detain personnel aboard a self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) captured in the Eastern Pacific off the coast of Central America. After finding the vessel was loaded with narcotics, Guardians seized the SPSS and detained the four crew members. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo) Click on the image to view more photos from the drug bust. Guardians from

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