The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Cypress represented the service as part of the 2018 New Orleans Fleet Week from April 20-23, 2018. This year’s event on the banks of the Mississippi River accompanied the city’s Tri-Centennial celebration and Tall Ship Festival.
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Flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, began on August, 12, 2016. By August 15, 2016, more than 10 rivers had reached moderate, major or record flood stage, leading to one of the worst floods in the city’s history. The Coast Guard sent several air and boat crews to assist the flood victims. This is only two of their stories, along with the people they assisted.
“I knew a helicopter could take you far, but I never imagined it would take me this far.”
Over the past year a team of students from the University of Alabama have traveled across the nation compiling video and conducting interviews for an upcoming documentary on the U.S. Coast Guard’s response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans ombudsman Sedonia Cheatham does not take hurricane season lightly. “For weeks, I searched for my family with little hope, wondering even if they survived. It took another month after that to find them.”
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.
The more than 120 men and women stationed there maintain ready crews able to launch within 30 minutes of a call, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. But standing the watch alongside the ready crews are dozens of critical support personnel. How important is their role in saving lives? Just ask Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Jones.
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.
Although the birth of naval aviation is traced back to 1911, it wasn’t until almost 30 years later that one of the Coast Guard’s most powerful assets, the helicopter, became part of naval flight. In the spring of 1943, then Lt. Frank Erickson graduated from helicopter training and became Coast Guard helicopter pilot No. 1.
This is an excerpt from a blog post written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Renee Aiello, public affairs specialist. To read the entire story, click here DESTIN, Fla. – Members of Coast Guard Station Destin participate in a memorial ceremony for Petty Officer Lonnie Jones, Nov. 19, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3