News // Apr 2, 2021

Coast Guard Mission Excellence: A Monthly Report

  • Jennifer Crowley Fyke

Coast Guard members risk their lives every day. This month, we feature Coast Guard members who exemplify the heroism and mission excellence it takes to fulfill their mission and live by their core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty.

LCDR La'Shanda R. Holmes, USCG.

Honoring our Heroes: “Throughout our history, the Coast Guard has changed - our cutters, our people, our name. But through it all, what has remained are the traits found in every Coast Guardsman and woman. Traits of honor, respect and devotion to duty. “ This video, produced by Petty Officer 2nd Class Travis Magee, features Lt. Cmdr. La'Shanda R. Holmes the first African-American female helicopter pilot for the Coast Guard.

Mh 60 ocean sentry
In this 2018 file photo, a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter fly over Newport, Rhode Island. Both types of aircraft responded to the March 3 rescue of 31 stranded fishermen. U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Andrew Barresi.

Search and Rescue: Search and Rescue is one of the Coast Guard's oldest missions, and requires multi-mission stations, cutters, aircraft and boats linked by communications networks. On March 3, Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod crews and the Royal Canadian Air Force responded to a search and rescue call amidst 35 mph winds and 15-foot seas. A disabled fishing boat was sinking off the coast of Nova Scotia, and 31 fishermen were onboard.

"I would say this was the most challenging (hoisting) that I have seen in my entire career," said Lt. Travis Christy, commander on the MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. "But we train frequently and work hard, and the reason we do that is for nights like last night."

Cape cod stonington rescue

Search and Rescue: A helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod medevac’d an injured crew member from the F/V Furious on March 28, about 60 miles south of Nantucket. The Furious is based in Stonington, home to the last commercial fishing fleet in Connecticut. Stonington is also the headquarters for the Coast Guard Foundation, so this news hit close to home, and reminded us of the importance of the Coast Guard’s search and rescue mission -- among many others -- in keeping our friends and family safe.

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