Goodwill gestures have a funny way of growing sometimes, and what one person does on a lark can resonate and inspire people around them, bring them together and positively affect a change. Galbert could have been content with picking some junk up with a couple friends, though that wasn’t good enough for him.
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.
For Coast Guardsmen engaged in an active search for people in distress, who may be on the verge of panic, fright or worse, they have to be cool and calm, regardless of the state of seas, the boat or their own mind. Response crews must be ready and capable to take the helm of a Coast Guard boat and pilot it home, even the newest members.
Hidden behind the scenes of rescues or law enforcement missions are the watchstanders of the U.S. Coast Guard. These are the men and women who few see, but the effects of their dedication and vigilance ripples throughout the maritime community.
Down in the Louisiana Bayou sits one of the biggest swamps in the country. It’s full of alligators the size of a small automobile and mosquitoes as large as a muffaletta. Unknown to most, the Coast Guard patrols what are known as brown waters, protecting the waterways and educating the public on safe boating practices.
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.
She was a leader. She was a trailblazer. She was a lifesaver. She’s the namesake of the Coast Guard’s newest cutter – Margaret “Madge” Norvell. The Coast Guard welcomed their newest fast response cutter to the fleet this weekend as Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell was commissioned in New Orleans. The cutter is the first in its class to be named after a Coast Guard heroine.
The oil spill, seen here, is being investigated by the Coast Guard after it was reported in the vicinity of South Pass, La. April 6, 2010. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jesse Kavanaugh) Louisiana Coast Guard crews are working with local partners to contain an 18,000-gallon oil spill in the Delta National
SHANGHAI, China – The 378-foot Coast Guard Cutter Rush, homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii, arrives in Shanghai, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. The crew of the Rush is in China to engage in maritime partnerships and cultural exchanges. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Evanson. The Coast Guard has ended the search for
Members of the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team perform a vertical insertion on the U.S.S. Cape St. George, Oct. 21, 2009, as part of the Spartan Rings maritime security exercise. Click on image for more information and imagery on the Spartan Rings exercise. (U.S. Navy Photo) The Cleveland Browns were not the only ones