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BROOKINGS, OR,Courtesy Photo U.S. Coast Guard District 13 Subscribe43 Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Preiser (surfman #535) operates a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat in the surf near Brookings, Oregon, Dec. 13, 2019. Surfman is the pinnacle of the five certifications available to boat-crew members, and Coast Guardsmen. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Bruce Beck Photography Public Domain use approved by Mr. Bruce Beck) Years ago a visitor from Central Oregon stood on the Depoe Bay Bridge, which runs along the Pacific Coast Highway, otherwise known... Read more →

PANDEMIC Doesn't Stop American Legion from Observing Memorial Day (VIDEO)

THE AMERICAN LEGION American Legion Post 302 in Oconto Falls, Wis., was instrumental in the creation of the Oconto Falls Veterans Monument, which was dedicated last fall. And on May 25, that same memorial – which bears the names of 450 veterans and their years of service – served as the backdrop for the post’s Memorial Day observation made necessary because of the coronavirus. Oconto Falls, Wis.--Members of Post 302 stood socially distanced in front of the memorial and saluted as vehicle after vehicle, many... Read more →

U.S. Border Patrol Rescue Kayakers on Niagara River

Niagara River Rescue Release Date: May 27, 2020 NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Buffalo Sector responded to a call for assistance for two kayakers in distress near Tonawanda. Yesterday, at approximately 3:00 P.M., Buffalo Sector Communications received information from the U.S. Coast Guard regarding two kayakers in distress near the mouth of the Niagara River and the Erie Canal. A Border Patrol vessel that was patrolling the Niagara River responded to the area and immediately observed two kayakers in... Read more →

Memorial Day Message from Miss America 2020

This Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who have given their lives to preserve the freedoms of ours. We are forever indebted to those who have fallen, and to their loved ones, for the courage, fortitude, sacrifice, and heroism in the fight for the United States of America. The Miss America Organization has a long history of supporting our troops, both at home and abroad. This year, we recognize that Memorial Day looks different for many of us. Instead of community events to... Read more →

Secretary Robert Wilkie’s Memorial Day Message

Related: American Hero Face of Defense ARLINGTON, VA (May 25,2020)--Our country has been blessed with men and women whose sacrifices allowed us to flourish as individuals, as a society, and as a Nation. On Memorial Day, we pause to remember, honor and express our gratitude to all those Americans who lost their lives in uniform. The names of many of them are forever memorialized in our Department of Veterans Affairs, State Veterans, and American Battle Monuments cemeteries across our country and around the world. It... Read more →

Memorial Day, A Time to Remember

Related: American Hero Face of Defense STATE COMMANDER'S MEMORIAL DAY MESSAGE For 120 years the VFW has honored the legacy of the men and women who served in our nation's military and made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom. Our annual Memorial Day remembrance ceremonies have ensured the sacrifices of our fallen - and the Gold Star families of these heroes - are never forgotten. Their sacrifices remind us that our freedom did not come cheaply, it was earned with precious American blood. This... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: CGA holds virtual graduation ceremony for Class of 2020

Largest and most inclusive graduating class including the largest number of women NEW LONDON, Conn. —The U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 2020 will be remembered for many things. It is the largest and most inclusive graduating class and includes the largest number of female graduates in the institution's history. They also became the first class to hold a virtual commencement ceremony due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Commencement day activities began at 1 p.m. with recorded congratulatory messages from a host of flag officers, elected... Read more →

Federal Agencies Seek New Steward for Light Station Boston

Through National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act BOSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard, in partnership with the U.S. General Services Administration, has initiated the process to transfer stewardship of Light Station Boston, commonly known as Boston Light, under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act (NHLPA). The decision to move forward with this process was announced at The Boston Harbor Islands Partnership virtual meeting on May 13, 2020. At 304-years old, Light Station Boston is the oldest staffed lighthouse in the United States. Since 1939, the U.S.... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: New Jersey National Guard Assists Menlo Park Veterans Home

RELATED: FACE OF DEFENSE AMERICAN HERO U.S. Army Spc. Laurel Yerg, a Combat Medic with the 1st Battalion, 114th Infantry Regiment, New Jersey Army National Guard (NJARNG), checks on a resident of the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home at Menlo Park in Edison, N.J., April 17, 2020. More than 60 NJARNG Soldiers from the 44th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, as well as seven Airmen from the 108th Wing and 177th Fighter Wing, were assigned to the Home to assist the civilian staff in caring for... Read more →

NJ Air National Guard Flyover Tuesday May 12

The 108th Wing and the 177th Fighter Wing of the New Jersey Air National Guard are partnering in the nationwide Air Force Salutes Flyover event Tuesday, May 12 (weather date-May 13) to honor the #COVID19 front line workers with a flyover. The flyover depends on clear weather. It will start around 11:30 AM According to a Facebook post, the flyover will feature three F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 177th and a KC-135R Stratotanker from the 108th. Officials say the flyover will be over the Sea... Read more →

177th Fighter Wing Aircrew Flight Equipment Shop Sewing /Distributing Face Masks

By Staff Sgt. Cristina J. Allen, 177th Fighter Wing / U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael R. Ottaviano (left), and Staff Sgt. Brandon M. Staines, aircraft ordinance maintenance technology (Egress) technicians at the 177th Fighter Wing, volunteer to prepare fabric for face masks April 8, 2020, in the Aircrew Flight Equipment shop at the New Jersey Air National Guard Base, N.J. The 177th AFE shop began sewing and distributing face masks for mission-essential personnel to take every precaution to ensure the health and well-being of... Read more →

Supporting our communities like only The American Legion can 

Dear American Legion Family Members and Friends, When a crisis develops, American Legion Family members are there to help their community overcome it. When disaster strikes, American Legion Family members are there to comfort the afflicted. When a veteran needs assistance, Legionnaires are there to prop up their brother or sister. That’s the way it has been for a century of service to communities, states and nation. While The American Legion has responded to disasters and other setbacks over our organization’s lifespan, we have never... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard Swimmer Honored for Saving A Fellow Aircrew Member

NORTH BEND, OR, UNITED STATES Courtesy Photo U.S. Coast Guard District 13 Petty Officer 2nd Class Chad Morris, an aviation survival technician at Coast Guard Sector North Bend, is presented with the Meritorious Service Medal by Petty Officer 3rd Class Alexander Neuman, an avionics electrical technician at Sector North Bend, at a ceremony held at Sector North Bend, Oregon, April 30, 2020. Morris took control of the scene at Coast Guard Air Facility Newport after Neuman was found unresponsive while standing flight mechanic duty in... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro Modified Change-of-Command Ceremony

ALAMEDA, CA, UNITED STATES 05.01.2020 Courtesy Photo U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area Subscribe41 Capt. Jim Estramonte, the outgoing commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755), addresses nine Munro crewmembers present during the cutter’s modified change-of-command ceremony while moored at Base Alameda, Calif., May 1, 2020. The change-of-command ceremony is a historic military tradition that represent the formal transfer of authority and responsibility for a unit from one commanding officer to another. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Ian Gray. ALAMEDA, Calif. —... Read more →

Philadelphia Resident, Police Officer, Named CG Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year

FACE OF DEFENSE PHILADELPHIA PA (May 2, 2020)— The Coast Guard is made up of members who bring their backgrounds, skills, creativity and individual talents to the mission of the service, united by the core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. While the service has hundreds of outstanding members across all ranks, each year only two enlisted members are recognized for their excellence: one active duty, one reservist. This year, Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph M. Curley, a Philadelphia native and police officer... Read more →

Scientific advancements in oil spill containment prove successful

WASHINGTON, D.C. – An innovative sub surface oil containment and recovery system, installed in April 2019 over a damaged oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, is successfully preventing more than 1,000 gallons of oil per day from entering the environment. Scientific research and lessons learned following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have allowed the development of unique oil spill response systems such as this to help protect the maritime environment from future threats. Courtesy Photo U.S. Coast Guard District 8 Mississippi Canyon 20 Saratoga... Read more →

(Video) Wide View of Philadelphia Flyover

CNBNews photo (CNBNews.net) (GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ) (April 28, 2020)--The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, honored frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers with formation flights over New York City, Newark, Trenton, and Philadelphia. Below is a wide view of the Philadelphia flyover taken from Holt Logistics Marine Terminal, Gloucester City, NJ. CNBNews would like to thank Leo Holt, Kurt Ferry, and Jerry Madden for their hospitality. Several hundred people crowded the Gloucester City... Read more →

(Video) Thunderbirds, Blue Angels to Salute NY, NJ and PA COVID-19 Responder/UPDATED!

UPDATED with FLIGHT PATTERN The image was taken from a April 22 video of the United States Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron "Thunderbirds" flyovers in Las Vegas, Nevada, and throughout Colorado. These flyovers symbolize their salute to our nation’s healthcare workers and first responders who are on the frontlines combating COVID-19 are a representation of American resolve and the American spirit. NAS PENSACOLA, Fla. – The U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, and the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, will... Read more →

Behind the Blue Angels Demonstration (video)

Check out the U.S. Navy Blue Angels new series highlighting the hard-working professionals behind the #BlueAngels demonstration. The Blue Angels is composed of many work centers who all come together to support our mission of showcasing the precision and professionalism of of the United States Navy and Marine Corps. This week we highlight the airframes work center! The airframes work center is composed of Navy Aviation Structural mechanics and Marine Corps F/A-18 fixed-wing aircraft airframe mechanics specializing in hydraulics and aircraft structure. These personnel maintain... Read more →

The Oklahoma Bombing 25 Years Later

Retired FBI Agent Reflects on Tragic Day and How it Shaped the Bureau April 15, 2020 On the morning of April 19, 1995, FBI Special Agent Barry Black was tracking a white-collar fugitive a few miles from downtown Oklahoma City when he heard a loud blast in the distance. Soon after, Black was pulled from his fugitive case to begin working the massive investigation of the deadly bombing that took the lives of 168 people, including 19 children, at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard Sector North Bend makes masks

NORTH BEND, OR. -- Coast Guard aviation survival technicians, better known as rescue swimmers, undergo some of the most intense training available in any military branch. They are highly conditioned rescue and survival experts drilled to operate in a variety of adverse maritime NORTH BEND, OR, UNITED STATES 04.10.2020 Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Trevor Lilburn U.S. Coast Guard District 13 Subscribe43 Completed surgical masks are displayed at the aviation survival technician’s shop at Coast Guard Sector North Bend, Oregon, April 10, 2020. Manufacturing... Read more →

Face of Defense: CG oversees disembarkation of 250,000 from cruise ships Zaandam and Rotterdam

Photo by Chief Petty Officer Charly Hengen U.S. Coast Guard District 7 A Coast Guard Station Miami Beach boat crew escorts the cruise ship Costa Favolosa cruise ship tender to shore March 30, 2020. The Coast Guard has been assisting in escorting cruise ships and cruise ship tenders in and out of the Ports of Miami and Everglades. U.S. Coast Guard photo. WASHINGTON (March 30, 2020)--– The cruise ships Zaandam and Rotterdam offloaded more than 1,200 passengers in Port Everglades, Fla. These developments, combined with... Read more →

Coast Guard graduates newest enlisted members; rescheduling inbound recruits amid COVID-19

Release Date: Apr. 03, 2020 CAPE MAY – Today the U.S. Coast Guard announced it will graduate 64 new recruits from the 8-week program at Training Center Cape May, N.J., but will reschedule shipment of new recruits to bootcamp as it adapts to the COVID-19 emergency. The graduates will be heading to cutters, stations, and other Coast Guard units on the front line of Coast Guard operations. Of the graduates, 58 are Active Duty and 6 are Reserve members. All graduating recruits will be provided... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: Coast Guard's newest Surf Men escort fishing vessel across breaking Umpqua River bar

REEDSPORT, OR, UNITED STATES 04.01.2020 Courtesy Photo U.S. Coast Guard District 13 Subscribe43 Petty Officers 2nd Class Enrique Lemos and Aaron Hadden and their crews aboard 47-foot Motor Lifeboats from Coast Guard Station Umpqua River escort the fishing vessel Brenna A across the Umpqua River bar located near Reedsport, Oregon, April 1, 2020. Lemos and Hadden were both recently qualified as surfman, which is the highest qualification for small-boat operators. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Umpqua River) Story by Petty Officer 1st Class... Read more →


Dusti Blood Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Clark Dusti Blood is more than an intriguing name. As both a Coast Guard reserve officer and business professional, Dusti Blood is a woman who is respected and admired for propelling progressive change, challenging the status quo and inspiring others to do the same. A strong work ethic garnered Blood significant praise as the Puget Sound Business Journal recognized her with the 2019 Women of Influence award. Hundreds of individuals from across the greater Seattle region... Read more →

During COVID-19 Outbreak ICE Air flying home US citizens from Central America

WASHINGTON – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), working with the U.S. Department of State, has brought home a total of 209 United States citizens on the return leg of two removal flights via ICE Air Operations. U.S. citizens occupied the Space Available seats on flights to the United States from Honduras and El Salvador. ICE removed Honduran nationals with final orders of removal from the United States to their home country on March 22, and Salvadoran nationals on March 24. On the return flight... Read more →

FACE OF DEFENSE: US’s only heavy icebreaker returns home following 123-day Antarctic

Treaty inspection and resupply mission This mission marks the Polar Star’s 23rd journey to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze, an annual joint military service mission to resupply the United States Antarctic stations, in support of the National Science Foundation – the lead agency for the United States Antarctic Program. This year also marks the 63rd iteration of the annual operation.SEATTLE — The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returned Wednesday to their homeport of Seattle following a 123-day deployment... Read more →

Philadelphia CBP Seizes $113,000 in Atlanta-bound Counterfeit Designer Brand Handbags

March 19, 2020 PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a shipment of 32 counterfeit designer brand handbags March 10 that arrived in Philadelphia in an express delivery parcel from Turkey. If genuine, the handbags, which were destined to an address in Atlanta, would have had a manufacturer suggested retail price of $113,683. This is the second significant shipment of designer brand handbags that CBP officers recently seized in Philadelphia, following the $317,080 in counterfeit designer brand products officers seized February 24.... Read more →

Here We Go Again! Illegal Immigrant Caravan Leaves Honduras for U.S.

MARCH 17, 2020|JUDICIAL WATCH While the world is absorbed in the Coronavirus drama, yet another caravan of illegal immigrants is heading north to the United States from Central America. The group departed recently from the northern Honduran city of San Pedro Sula and is making its way to Guatemala en route to the southern JUDICIAL WATCH Mexican state of Chiapas. The final destination is the U.S., according to a Mexican news report that reveals the caravan has some 500 Central Americans but is expected to... Read more →

Coast Guard Rescues 53-Year-Old Woman off Coast of New Jersey

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (March 16, 2020)--— The Coast Guard medevaced a 53-year-old woman approximately 120 miles off the coast of New Jersey, Sunday evening. The captain of the cruise ship Norwegian Gem contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay’s command center at 2:30 p.m. and notified them that a passenger was suffering from abdominal issues and needed a higher level of care. An aircrew aboard and HC-130 Hercules airplane from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina launched to sustain communications due to distance, and... Read more →

AMERICAN HERO: Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubias, 27 & Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Roberts, 28 Killed in Iraq War

Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal D. Robert and Army Spc. Juan Miguel Mendez Covarrubia LEFT: COURTESY OF ROBERTS FAMILY; RIGHT: U.S. ARMY (source The Stars and Stripes) The Department of Defense announced today the death of two service members who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Both service members died March 11, 2020, when their units were engaged by enemy indirect fire at Camp Taji, Iraq. The two Americans killed in a rocket attack included the first Oklahoma Air National Guard member killed in action since... Read more →

AMERICAN HERO: Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo and Capt. Moises A. Navas,

The Department of Defense announced March 11 the death of two Marines who were supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Capt. Moises A. Navas, left, and Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo were killed in Iraq on March 8, 2020. U.S. MARINE CORPS According to The Stars and Stripes, a Marine special operations captain and gunnery sergeant were both killed Sunday during a joint U.S.-Iraq raid to destroy an Islamic State hideout in a mountainous area in northern Iraq, the military said Tuesday. Gunnery Sgt. Diego D. Pongo,... Read more →

Counterfeit Designer Handbags, Wallets, Sneakers, and Clothing from Turkey Seized by Philly CBP

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a shipment of counterfeit consumer goods recently while inspecting arriving express delivery parcels near Philadelphia International Airport. If authentic, the merchandise would have had a manufacturer suggested retail price of $317,080. CBP officers initially examined the shipment on February 14. The shipment, which arrived from Turkey and was destined to an address in Delaware County, Pa., contained handbags, wallets, sneakers, shoes, sweatshirts, hats and belts bearing designer brands Burberry, Channel, Gucci, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Moschino... Read more →

Shipment of Counterfeit Oral-B Toothbrush Heads Seized by Philadelphia CBP

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a shipment of 1,440 counterfeit Oral-B toothbrush heads recently in Philadelphia that were destined to an address in Joliet, Illinois. If genuine, the toothbrush heads would have had a manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $12,274. This is CBP’s second Oral-B toothbrush heads seizure five months. In November, Philadelphia CBP officers seized 20,400 counterfeit Oral-B toothbrush heads shipped from China. In the most recent seizure, CBP officers initially examined the express delivery shipment from Turkey... Read more →

Kent State 50th Anniversary of shootings; Jane Fonda Feature Speaker (video)

March 3rd, 2020 by MOTHAX The American Legion Burn Pit I wasn't born yet, so I have no first hand knowledge of any of it. Indisputably the protesters burned down the ROTC building. What is in dispute is whether the shots were self-defense (from the un-located sniper) or what prompted the shooting. Either way, that doesn't have bearing on the rest. As is well known, two years later Jane Fonda visited North Vietnam. It was a real coup for the North Vietnamese because she was... Read more →