Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas Everyone!


Every year, the USCGC Shearwater is decorated for Christmas.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Classy Move

I would like to write about the Redskins going to the Meadowlands and hanging a W on the New York Football Giants but I won't.

Since the Redskins game was at 8:00 last night, I was able to watch the Cowboys game and root for whoever was playing them. In this case, the Philadelphia Eagles. A good time was had in the Brown Hound household as the Eagles embarrassed Tony Romo in front of his girlfriend, Jessica Simpson.

Really, the game was unremarkable until the final two minutes when Brian Westbrook did something that I've never seen before. The Eagles were up by four when Westbrook broke away with the ball and took off for the endzone. There was no one to stop him. He stopped on the one yard line and I thought that he was going to strut it in for a TD. Instead, he took a knee! He realized that there was too much time on the clock to give Dallas the ball back. So for the good of the team, he let his personal stats take a hit. That's teamwork!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

2008 Reserve JO Assignment Panel for ISC Portsmouth

SUBJ: 2008 RESERVE JUNIOR OFFICER ASSIGNMENT PANEL FOR ISC
PORTSMOUTH(PF) - INITIAL
A. RESERVE POLICY MANUAL
1. THIS MSG INITIATES THE 2008 SELECTED RESERVE JUNIOR OFFICER (RJO) ASSIGNMENT SEASON FOR UNITS AND MEMBERS SERVICED BY ISC PORTSMOUTH(PF). IAW REF A, THE 2008 RJO ASSIGNMENT PANEL WILL CONVENE MAY 8-9 2008.
2. THE FOLLOWING OUTLINES THE RJO ASSIGNMENT PROCESS ACTION ITEMS
AND THE TIME LINE FOR COMPLETION:
A. 04FEB08: IN ADDITION TO DIRECT ACCESS, ISC PORTSMOUTH(PF) WILL PUBLISH THE SHOPPING LIST VIA CGMSG AS NECESSARY TO ENSURE RJOS ARE PROVIDED WITH THE LATEST AND MOST ACCURATE INFORMATION AS POSSIBLE.
B. 04APR08: COMMAND CONCERNS AND POSITION VALIDATION SUBMITTED TO ISC PORTSMOUTH(PF). GUIDANCE FOR SUBMISSION WILL BE TRANSMITTED VIA SEPCOR.
C. 07APR08: ASSIGNMENT PANEL MBRSHP CONFIRMED.
D. 18APR08: RJO SUBMISSIONS TO ISC PORTSMOUTH(PF). SEE RJO INFO SECTION FOR SUBMISSION DETAILS.
E. 25APR08: PRECEPTS AND READ AHEADS SUBMITTED TO PANEL MBRS.
F. 02MAY08: ASSIGNMENT DECONFLICTION COMPLETED BY ISC(PF)S.
G. 08-09MAY08: ASSIGNMENT PANEL CONVENES. LOCATION TBD.
H. 16MAY08: PANEL RESULTS PUBLISH VIA CGMSG.
I. 30MAY08: ORDERS ISSUED IN DIRECT ACCESS.
J. 13JUN08: MBR DEADLINE TO DECLINE ORDERS.
K. 01JUL08: TRANSFERS EFFECTED.
3. TO ENSURE EQUITABLE ASSIGNMENT OPPORTUNITIES, ISC PORTSMOUTH(PF) WILL SUSPEND THE OFF-SEASON ASSIGNMENT PROCESS AFTER 01MAR08. ALL OFFICERS REQUIRING A SELRES POSITION AFTER THIS DATE WILL BE REQUIRED TO COMPETE AT THE ASSIGNMENT PANEL.
4. UNITS REQUIREMENTS:
A. PROVIDE ISC PORTSMOUTH(PF) WITH NAME OF UNIT POC TO COORDINATE COMMAND CONCERNS AND POSITION VALIDATION VIA E-MAIL NLT 04FEB08.
B. ENSURE ALL ASSIGNED RJOS ARE PROVIDED A COPY OF THIS MSG.
C. ENDORSE RJOS E-RESUME.
5. RESERVE JUNIOR OFFICER REQUIREMENTS:
A. RJOS IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT AN E-RESUME IF:
(1) TOUR COMPLETE IN CY 2008.
(2) SELECTED FOR THE NEXT HIGHER PAYGRADE.
(3) ASSIGNED TO AN UNBUDGETED POSITION.
B. RJOS IN THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES MAY SUBMIT AN E-RESUME FOR PANEL CONSIDERATION:
(1) NOT TOUR COMPLETE. REQUIRES CMD ENDORSEMENT ON E-RESUME.
(2) RJOS ASSIGNED TO IRR. IRR MBRS WILL REQUIRE CGPC-RPM APPROVAL PRIOR TO ORDERS BEING ISSUED.
C. SUBMIT E-RESUME VIA DIRECT ACCESS. NO OFF-LINE RESUMES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
D. SUBMIT THREE MOST RECENT OERS AND ANY OTHER INFORMATION (I.E. LTR OF RECOMMENDATION, AWARDS, COURSE INFORMATION, ETC.) NOT CONTAINED IN DIRECT ACCESS. OERS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION SHOULD BE MAILED OR SCANNED AND E-MAILED TO:
(1) REQUIREMENTS MANAGEMENT SECTION, COAST GUARD INTEGRATED SUPPORT COMMAND PORTSMOUTH(PF), 4000 COAST GUARD BLVD, PORTSMOUTH, VA, 23703
(2) D05-DG-PORTSMOUTH.PF.REQUIREMENTS(AT)USCG.MIL.
E. MBRS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING THEIR DOCUMENTATION IS RCVD BY
ISC PORTSMOUTH(PF) NLT 18APR08.
F. RJOS DESIRING AN ASSIGNMENT TO AN INTELLIGENCE COMMAND (EX: MIFC-LANT, ICC) SHOULD SUBMIT THEIR PKGS ASAP TO ALLOW FOR ADDITIONAL PROCESSING TIME.
G. ENSURE MBR INFO IN DIRECT ACCESS IS UP TO DATE PRIOR TO SUBMISSION OF PKG. TO UPDATE, USE THE FOLLOWING PATH IN DIRECT ACCESS: HOME-SELF SERVICE-EMPLOYEE-TASKS-E-MAIL ADDRESSES.
6. ISC PORTSMOUTH(PF) POC: LT JOHN CODD, 757-483-8647, JOHN.B.CODD(AT)USCG.MIL
7. CG-1313, INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

USCG LANTAREA Reserve Command Master Chief


I served with Master Chief Dikun (pronounced "deacon") at Port Security Unit 305. I am very pleased to see this.

R 042200Z DEC 07
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INFO COMCOGARD PERSCOM ARLINGTON VA//RPM//
COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC
COMPACAREA COGARD ALAMEDA CA//PCMC//
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UNCLAS //N01306//
SUBJ: ATLANTIC AREA RESERVE COMMAND MASTER CHIEF ASSIGNMENT
1. I AM PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE SELECTION OF MASTER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER WILLIAM J. DIKUN AS THE PROSPECTIVE ATLANTIC AREA RESERVE COMMAND MASTER CHIEF.
2. MASTER CHIEF DIKUN ENLISTED IN THE COAST GUARD RESERVES IN 1986. HE HAS SERVED WITH DISTINCTION AT VARIOUS STATIONS AND PORT SECURITY UNITS (PSU'S) THROUGHOUT ATLANTIC AREA. FOR THE PAST FIVE YEARS, MASTER CHIEF DIKUN HAS SERVED WITH DISTINCTION AS THE FIRST COAST GUARD DISTRICT RESERVE COMMAND MASTER CHIEF.
3. MASTER CHIEF DIKUN BRINGS A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE TO ATLANTIC AREA. HE SERVED WITH PSU 303 IN SAUDI ARABIA DURING OPERATION DESERT STORM, WITH PSU 305 IN NEW YORK CITY IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING SEPT 11TH AND LATER IN GUANTANAMO BAY CUBA IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, AND WITH THE REDEPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE AND INSPECTION DETACHMENT (RAID) TEAM IN IRAQ AND KUWAIT TO SUPPORT OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. IN A LESS EXOTIC LOCALE, HE WAS OOD AT A SMALL BOAT STATION OVERSEEING WEEKEND SMALL BOAT OPS. HE ALSO SERVED AS THE COAST GUARD LIAISON TO THE US AIR FORCE 421ST GROUND
COMBAT READINESS SQUADRON WHERE HE ADMINISTERED AND CONDUCTED ADVANCED PSU/NAVAL COASTAL WARFARE TRAINING OF CG PERSONNEL.
4. A STRONG PROPONENT OF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION, MASTER CHIEF DIKUN IS A GRADUATE OF THE USCG CHIEF PETTY OFFICER RESERVE COURSE, THE USAF SENIOR NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER ACADEMY, AND THE USN SENIOR ENLISTED ACADEMY. HE IS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THE USA SERGEANTS MAJOR ACADEMYNON-RESIDENT CLASS WITH AN ANTICIPATED GRADUATION IN SUMMER 2008. HE ALSO HOLDS A MASTER OF ADMINISTRATIVE SCIENCE DEGREE, A BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE, AND SEVERAL ASSOCIATES OF ARTS DEGREES.
5. MASTER CHIEF DIKUN WILL RELIEVE RESERVE COMMAND MASTER CHIEF DENNIS KIRK ON 23 JAN 2008 AT THE ATLANTIC AREA OFFICES. I WISH MASTER CHIEF KIRK CONTINUED GREAT SUCCESS AS THE CMC OF THE NEWLY COMMISSIONED MARITIME FORCE PROTECTION UNIT KINGS BAY GA. I THANK HIM FOR HIS DEDICATED SERVICE TO ATLANTIC AREA OVER THE LAST FOUR
YEARS. HE HAS BEEN AN OUTSTANDING MEMBER OF THE ATLANTIC AREA TEAM AND I WILL MISS HIS WISE COUNSEL.
6. INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.
7. VADM D. B. PETERMAN, COMMANDER ATLANTIC AREA, SENDS.
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USS Arizona

The Wall Street Journal has an article on artifacts from the USS Arizona.
several tons of the Arizona, were removed from the ship during the construction of the memorial and transported to a spot across the channel from Ford Island, where they have been ever since, holding a silent and lonely vigil against time and the elements.

Read the rest here.

Monday, November 05, 2007

PY08 RESERVE LIEUTENANT SELECTION BOARD RESULTS

R 051514Z NOV 07 ZUI ASN-A00309000006
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UNCLAS //N01401//
ALCGPERSCOM 071/07
SUBJ: PY08 RESERVE LIEUTENANT SELECTION BOARD RESULTS
A. RESERVE POLICY MANUAL, COMDTINST M1001.28A
1. THE SECRETARY HAS APPROVED THE REPORT OF THE SELECTION BOARD
CONVENED ON 24 SEPTEMBER 2007 WHICH RECOMMENDED THE FOLLOWING NAMED
OFFICERS ON THE INACTIVE DUTY PROMOTION LIST (IDPL) FOR PROMOTION
TO THE GRADE OF LIEUTENANT. OFFICERS SELECTED ARE LISTED BELOW IN
IDPL PRECEDENCE ORDER:
NO. NAME DEPT
1. BAUER, DAVID M. CGPC RPM
2. IOVEN, WILLIAM G. CGPC RPM
3. JENKINS, CRAIG T. CG PSU 311
4. DETZER, BRETT M. CGPC RPM
5. CLEMONS, DARREN L. CGPC RPM
6. CHANNELL, CYNTHIA N. CG SECTOR ANCHORAGE
7. MILLHENCH, KARA N. CGPC RPM
8. GROSE, THOMAS R. CGPC RPM
9. SCOTT, ANTOINETT CG SECTOR JACKSONVILLE
10. VEGA, WALTER CG SECTOR SAN JUAN
11. ROGERS, GREGORY S. CG SECTOR SAN DIEGO
12. DAVIS, ANDRIA E. CG MSU GALVESTON
13. HEDRICK, SONJA R. CG SECTOR SAN DIEGO
14. SZETO, KIN P. CG SFO EASTERN SHORE
15. LARUE, LIAM J. CG SECTOR BALTIMORE
16. COLLINS, PATRICK C. CG CG SECTOR MIAMI
17. HOBBS, JAMES A. CGPC RPM
18. BENNETT, WILLIAM R. CGPC RPM
19. BROOKS, RICKY CGPC RPM
20. FERREIRA, JACOB D. CGPC RPM
21. LEATHERWOOD, AARON D. CG SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS
22. HEMBREE, KYLE L. CG SECTOR MIAMI
23. BLAZEJEWSKI, DEANNA L. CGD EIGHT
24. BEINING, MICHAEL A. CG SECTOR BALTIMORE
25. JOHNSON, LUCAS D. CGPC RPM
26. SAMS, JOSHUA G. CG MSU PADUCAH
27. PEREZ, DANILO M. CGPC RPM
28. MASSINGILL, JOHN S. CG LANTAREA
29. INMAN, MAXINE COMDT
30. GRAY, MARK A. DD - TAT CARTAGENA COLOMBIA
31. HUDMAN, ARTHUR V. CG SECTOR NEW YORK
32. DUDLEY, BRIAN W. CG SECTOR JACKSONVILLE
33. WYMAN, ROBERT P. CG PACAREA
34. PEYERL, KATHLEEN M. CG SECTOR NORTHERN NEW ENGLAND
35. DILKEY, RYAN D. CG SECTOR MIAMI
36. TURNER, KELLEY M. CG PSU 301
37. MILLS, MATTHEW D. CG SECTOR ST PETERSBURG
38. VONK, JOHN C. CG PACAREA
39. ROSE, BRANDI A. CG LANTAREA
40. PINTO, ADRIANE M. CG SECTOR NEW YORK
41. CREPS, ETHAN M. CG SECTOR HONOLULU
42. GOLAND, KRISTOFER K. CG PSU 311
43. DEWHIRST, THOMAS J. CG ISC SAN PEDRO
44. HUNTER, TARA D. CG SECTOR NEW ORLEANS
45. TILEY, BRYAN D. CGD ONE
46. OSBORNE, NICHOLAS J. CG SECTOR SAN FRANCISCO
47. GONZALEZ, BENITO CG SECTOR CORPUS CHRISTI
48. BRODEUR, JEFFREY M. CG SECTOR BALTIMORE
49. CONLIN, ROBERT C. CG SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
50. LEMANSKI, JUSTIN J. CG MSU PADUCAH
51. DONOVAN, DANIEL J. CG SECTOR JACKSONVILLE
52. DOUPE, MICHAEL T. CG SECTOR GUAM
53. TIFFANY, KELLEY L. CG SECTOR SAN DIEGO
54. WEBSTER, BRIAN K. CG SECTOR BALTIMORE
55. RANGLE, JESSE B. CG PACAREA
56. LILLEY, SCOTT M. CG SECTOR MIAMI
57. NEAL, STEVEN K. CG STA SEATTLE
58. OTT, JOHN J. CG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI
59. HANLEY, PATRICK S. CG SECTOR NEW YORK
60. CODER, ELLINOR R. CG MSU WILMINGTON
61. ORCHARD, DANIEL R. CG PSU 301
62. ORTIZ, TOMAS CG SECTOR NORTH CAROLINA
63. MCDOWELL, JOSEPH T. CG SECTOR DELAWARE BAY
64. WELCH, DANNY L. CG MSU MORGAN CITY
65. VESPI, ROBERT D. CG PSU 309
66. BRIGGS, MARK A. CG SECTOR CHARLESTON
67. WEBBER, PETER M. CG SECTOR JUNEAU
68. SMITH, JONATHAN R. CG MSU DULUTH
69. OROSCO, RUBEN E. CG SECTOR SAN FRANCISCO
70. SAMBOR, PETER J. CG SECTOR UPPER MISSISSIPPI
71. JOHNSON, CASEY E. CG PSU 307
72. COLLIER, ALISON E. CG SECTOR SAN FRANCISCO
73. PARSONS, JOHN L. CG SECTOR SOUTHEASTERN NEW ENGLAND
74. LISLE, NICHOLAS M. CG SECTOR CHARLESTON
75. BEALON, HANNAH L. CG SECTOR NEW YORK
76. MANNION, STEVEN C. CG SECTOR NEW YORK
77. FERNANDEZ, DAVID CG SECTOR SAN FRANCISCO
78. GRAHAM, BRANDI L. CG SECTOR CHARLESTON
79. DIMAGGIO, MICHAEL CG SECTOR NEW YORK
80. LAZO, JILL L. CGPC RPM
81. HOLLOWAY, BRIAN D. CG SECTOR CORPUS CHRISIT
82. GREEN, EDGAR T. CG SECTOR MIAMI
83. WALIGUN, JOSEPH C. CG SECTOR NEW YORK
84. BECK, DEREK F. CG SECTOR HOUSTON-GALVESTON
85. ESPINOSA, MARCOS A. CG SECTOR MIAMI
86. HERON, MARLON L. CG SECTOR LAKE MICHIGAN
87. VILLEGAS, MONICA CG SECTOR LA/LB
88. GLINN, JOAN PAULA CG SECTOR CORPUS CHRISIT
89. SORIANO, JOCELYN L. CG SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS
90. NGUYEN, KHOAMAN T. CG GP PORT ANGELES

2. OFFICER PROMOTION BOARDS REVIEW ONLY OFFICERS' RECORDS AND ANY
COMMUNICATIONS FROM CANDIDATES DIRECTLY TO THE BOARD. TO ENSURE
THAT ALL CANDIDATES COMPETE ON A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD, OFFICER
PROMOTION BOARDS ONLY SEE THE OFFICER PORTION OF A RECORD. THE
BOARDS ARE ALSO GIVEN ELIGIBILITY ROSTERS OF THE CANDIDATES. THESE
ROSTERS ARE IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER AND IDENTIFY THEIR EMPLOYEE ID.
ABOVE AND IN ZONE OFFICER ROSTERS ARE COMBINED, SO THAT THE STATUS
OF THE CANDIDATES IS NOT DISCERNIBLE.

3. PROMOTION STATISTICS FOR THIS BOARD ARE PROVIDED BELOW. THERE
ARE MANY VARIABLES (E.G., CHANGES IN PERFORMANCE, GROUP SIZE,
APPROVED VOLUNTARY SEPARATIONS, ETC.) THAT WILL CAUSE SELECTION
RATES TO FLUCTUATE FROM YEAR TO YEAR AMONG GROUPS. DOCUMENTED,
SUSTAINED HIGH PERFORMANCE IS THE BEST WAY TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE
FOR PROMOTION.

A. OPPORTUNITY OF SELECTION (OOS): (90/97 - 92%)
B. APPROVED VOLUNTARY SEPARATION REQUESTS APPEARING BEFORE
THIS BOARD: (0)

4. SELECTION RATES BY GENDER:
A. MALE (69/73 - 95%)
B. FEMALE (21/24 - 88%)
5. SELECTION RATES BY ETHNIC GROUP:
A. BLACK (6/6 - 100%)
B. HISPANIC (8/8 - 100%)
C. AMERICAN INDIAN/ALASKAN NATIVE (1/1 - 100%)
D. ASIAN/PACIFIC ISLANDER (6/6 - 100%)
E. WHITE (65/71 - 92%)
F. ID PENDING (5/5 - 100%)
6. THE BOARD'S MEMBERSHIP AND UNITS ARE:
NAME UNIT
CAPT LURILLA J. LEE, USCGR MLCPAC
CDR GEORGE R.W. LEE, USCGR CG SECTOR PORTLAND
LCDR SCOTT R. BENSON, USCGR CG SECTOR DETROIT
LT CHERYL L. HONEYCUTT, USCGR COMDT (CG-1312)
LT AARON J. ROE, USCG CG PSU 313
LT DALE A. MCFARLAND, USCGR CG SECTOR NORTH CAROLINA
7. THE PRECEPT WHICH CONVENED THIS BOARD AND CHARGED THE MEMBERS
WITH THEIR DUTIES, AND THE COMDT'S GUIDANCE FOR PROMOTION YEAR 2008
SELECTION BOARDS, ARE AVAILABLE VIA THE CGPC (RPM) CG INTERNET SITE
HTTP://WWW.USCG.MIL/RPM/PY08 OR ON CG CENTRAL AT
HTTP://CGCENTRAL.USCG.MIL LOCATED AT MY WORKSPACE : CAREER
MANAGEMENT : RESERVIST : PROMOTIONS AND ADVANCEMENTS OR EMAIL A
REQUEST FOR THESE DOCUMENTS TO ARL-PF-CGPC-RPM-QUERY(AT)USCG.MIL.

8. ALTHOUGH THE PROCEEDINGS OF THE SELECTION BOARD, INCLUDING ITS
DELIBERATIONS AND CRITERIA FOR SELECTION, CANNOT BE DISCLOSED TO
ANY PERSON WHO WAS NOT A MEMBER OF THE BOARD, BOARD MEMBERS DO HAVE
VALUABLE INFORMATION THAT CAN BE SHARED REGARDING THE GENERAL
SELECTION PROCESS AND ITS FAIRNESS AND EQUITY.

9.

10. INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.
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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

2008 FLAG ASSIGNMENT AND SENIOR LEADER MESSAGE

R 291732Z OCT 07 ZUI ASN-A00304000019
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DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY WASHINGTON DC
CJCS WASHINGTON DC
CNO WASHINGTON DC
CDR USNORTHCOM
CDR USPACOM HONOLULU HI
CDR USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE
CDR USSOCOM MACDILL AFB FL
CDR USJFCOM NORFOLK VA
DIR ONDCP WASHINGTON DC
CDR USSOUTHCOM MIAMI FL
DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION WASHINGTON DC
DEPT OF JUSTICE WASHINGTON DC
DEPT OF STATE WASHINGTON DC
DEPT OF INTERIOR WASHINGTON DC
DEPT OF COMMERCE WASHINGTON DC
COGARD HQSUPRTCOM WASHINGTON DC
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UNCLAS //N01426//
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COMDTNOTE 1426
SUBJ: 2008 FLAG ASSIGNMENT AND SENIOR LEADER MESSAGE
1. THE SECRETARY HAS APPROVED AND FORWARDED TO THE PRESIDENT THE
NOMINATIONS OF VICE ADMIRAL ROBERT J. PAPP, JR AS COMMANDER,
ATLANTIC AREA, REAR ADMIRAL CLIFFORD I. PEARSON FOR PROMOTION TO
VADM AND ASSIGNMENT AS COAST GUARD CHIEF OF STAFF, AND REAR ADMIRAL
DAVID P. PEKOSKE FOR PROMOTION TO VADM AND ASSIGNMENT AS COMMANDER,
PACIFIC AREA. APPOINTMENT TO THESE BILLETS AND PROMOTION AS
APPROPRIATE WILL OCCUR FOLLOWING CONFIRMATION BY THE SENATE.

2. WE HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE THE SERVICE OF VADM D. BRIAN
PETERMAN, OUR CURRENT ATLANTIC AREA COMMANDER AND VADM CHARLES D.
WURSTER, OUR CURRENT PACIFIC AREA COMMANDER. BOTH HAVE MADE
ENORMOUS CONTRIBUTIONS TO OUR SERVICE THROUGOUT THEIR CAREERS AND
MOST RECENTLY AS MEMBERS OF THE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL SINCE MAY 2006.
THEIR EFFORTS HAVE BEEN ESSENTIAL IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF GUIDING
CONCEPTS FOR THE COAST GUARD'S NEW MISSION EXECUTION AND MISSION
SUPPORT STRUCTURE. WE HONOR THEIR SERVICE TO THE COAST GUARD AND
OUR NATION.

3. SUBJECT TO CONFIRMATION BY THE SENATE FOR ASSIGNMENT TO THE
VICE ADMIRAL BILLETS DISCUSSED IN PARA (1) AND FOR THE RDMLS
(SELECT) LISTED BELOW, THE FOLLOWING ASSIGNMENTS ARE APPROVED.

4. TOGETHER WITH THE TALENTED SENIOR CIVILIANS WHO COMPRISE THE
COAST GUARD'S SENIOR EXECUTIVE SERVICE (SES), THIS LISTING REFLECTS
THE COAST GUARD'S CURRENT SENIOR LEADERSHIP INCLUDING INCUMBENTS
REMAINING IN CURRENT ASSIGNMENTS.

5. THESE ASSIGNMENTS ARE BASED ON OUR CURRENT BILLET STRUCTURE.
IT IS MY INTENT TO TRANSITION TO OUR NEW MISSION EXECUTION AND
MISSION SUPPORT STRUCTURE WHEN THE NEW SENIOR LEADERSHIP POSITIONS
ARE APPROVED AS PROVIDED IN AUTHORIZING LEGISLATION CURRENTLY BEING
CONSIDERED BY THE CONGRESS.

VICE ADMIRALS:

CG-09 VICE COMMANDANT VADM V. S. CREA
CG-01 CHIEF OF STAFF VADM (SEL) C. I. PEARSON
LANTAREA VADM R. J. PAPP, JR
PACAREA VADM (SEL) D. P. PEKOSKE

REAR ADMIRALS:

DISTRICT COMMANDS

FIRST DISTRICT RADM D. G. GABEL
FIFTH DISTRICT RADM F. M. ROSA
SEVENTH DISTRICT RADM R. S. BRANHAM
EIGHTH DISTRICT RADM J. R. WHITEHEAD
NINTH DISTRICT RDML (SEL) P.V. NEFFENGER
ELEVENTH DISTRICT RADM C. E. BONE
THIRTEENTH DISTRICT RADM J. P. CURRIER
FOURTEENTH DISTRICT RDML M. K. BROWN
SEVENTEENTH DISTRICT RADM A. E. BROOKS

MAINTENANCE AND LOGISTICS COMMANDS

MLC LANT RADM R. T. HEWITT
MLC PAC RADM T. S. SULLIVAN

AREA SENIOR RESERVE OFFICERS

SR. RESERVE OFFICER LANTAREA RDML (SEL) S. E. DAY
SR. RESERVE OFFICER PACAREA RADM (SEL) M. R. SEWARD

COMBATANT COMMANDS

DEPUTY J3 U.S. NORTHERN COMMAND RDML C. C. COLVIN
DEPUTY J3 U.S. SOUTHERN COMMAND RDML R. C. PARKER

JOINT INTERAGENCY TASK FORCES

DIRECTOR, JIATF SOUTH RADM J. L. NIMMICH
DIRECTOR, JIATF WEST RDML P. F. ZUKUNFT

TO REMAIN IN CURRENT BILLET PENDING FURTHER ASSIGNMENT:

LANT LANTAREA CHIEF OF STAFF RDML (SEL) S. H. RATTI
D14 D14 CHIEF OF STAFF RDML (SEL) C. W. RAY

HEADQUARTERS UNITS

ACADEMY SUPERINTENDENT RADM J. S. BURHOE
NPFC DIRECTOR NAT'L POLLUTION FUND CENTER TBD,

HEADQUARTERS STAFF

CG-00H DIRECTOR, CIVIL RIGHTS STAFF MS. T. A. DICKERSON
CG-00J CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE HON J. N. INGOLIA
CG-01T DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC TRANSFORMATION RADM J. A. BRECKENRIDGE
CG-092 ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR
GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS RDML M. E. LANDRY
CG-094 JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL RDML W. D. BAUMGARTNER
CG-094D DEPUTY JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL MR. C. M. LEDERER
CG-1 ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR
HUMAN RESOURCES RADM J. A.BRECKENRIDGE
CG-11 DIRECTOR OF HEALTH AND SAFETY RADM M. J. TEDESCO
CG-12 DIRECTOR OF PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT RDML(SEL) D. A.NEPTUN
CG-12D DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF PERSONNEL
MANAGEMENT MR. C. B. ODOM
CG-13 DIRECTOR OF RESERVE AND TRAINING RDML (SEL) D. R. MAY
CG-2 ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR INTELLIGENCE
AND INVESTIGATIONS MR. J. F. SLOAN
CG-2D DEPUTY ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR
INTELLIGENCE AND INVESTIGATIONS RDML C. A. COOGAN
CG-4 ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR
ENGINEERING AND LOGISTICS RDML(SEL)T.P. OSTEBO
CG-4D DEPUTY ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR
ENGINEERING AND LOGISTICS MR. J. G. ORNER
ACO ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR OPERATIONS RADM S. BRICE-O'HARA
ACO-I INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND FOREIGN
POLICY ADVISOR TBD
CG-ACO-O DIRECTOR OF INSPECTIONS AND
COMPLIANCE RDML(SEL)K.S. COOK
CG-5 ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR MARINE
SAFETY, SECURITY, AND STEWARDSHIP RDML B. M. SALERNO
CG-51 DIRECTOR OF ASSESSMENT, INTEGRATION
AND RISK MANAGEMENT TBD
CG-52 DIRECTOR OF COMMERCIAL REGULATIONS
AND STANDARDS MR. J. G. LANTZ
CG-53 DIRECTOR OF RESPONSE POLICY RDML (SEL) J. R. CASTILLO
CG-54 DIRECTOR OF PREVENTION POLICY RDML(SEL)J.A. WATSON
CG-7 ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR CAPABILITY RDML W. E. JUSTICE
DOG DEPLOYABLE OPERATIONS GROUP RDML T. F. ATKIN
CG-6 ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR C4 AND
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY RDML D. T. GLENN
CG-8 ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR RESOURCES RDML(SEL)K.A. TAYLOR
CG-8D DEPUTY ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR
RESOURCES MR. M. J. RAJK
CG-9 ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR ACQUISITION RADM G. T. BLORE
CG-91 SENIOR PROCUREMENT EXECUTIVE AND
HEAD OF CONTRACTING ACTIVITY MS. C. M. GRADY
CG-92 DEPUTY CHIEF ACQUISITIONS OFFICER
AND DIRECTOR OF ACQUISITION SERVICES MR. M. F. TANGORA
CG-93 PROGRAM EXECUTIVE OFFICER RDML R. J. RABAGO
CG-93D DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF ACQUISITION
PROGRAMS MS. G. L. PHAN
LIAISON/FIELD ASSIGNMENTS
DHS DHS MILITARY ADVISOR TO S-1 RDML D. B. LLOYD
GMII DIRECTOR, GLOBAL MARITIME
INTEL INTEGRATION RADM R. R. KELLY

6. INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.

7. ADM T. W. ALLEN, COMMANDANT, SENDS.
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Monday, October 29, 2007

Commandants Says: Buckle Up!

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COMDTNOTE 5102
A. COMDTINST M5100.47, CH 10, I.2.D AND I.9.G
SUBJ: OFF-DUTY MOTOR VEHICLE MISHAPS
1. LAST NIGHT I RECEIVED ANOTHER CALL REPORTING THE DEATH OF A
COAST GUARD MEMBER IN A SINGLE CAR ACCIDENT. SINCE LABOR DAY, WE
HAVE LOST FIVE SHIPMATES IN OFF-DUTY MOTOR VEHICLE MISHAPS. IN THE
PAST FIVE YEARS, OUR FOLKS HAVE HAD ALMOST 800 OFF-DUTY CAR, TRUCK,
AND MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS. MOST WERE PREVENTABLE. THIS IS
UNACCEPTABLE. IT RUNS COUNTER TO OUR CHARACTER AS GUARDIANS, IS
DEVASTATING TO OUR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES, AND UNDERMINES OUR
TREMENDOUS OPERATIONAL SUCCESS.
2. WE MUST HEAR AND HEED THE VOICES OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN SILENCED
IN THESE ACCIDENTS - AND ACT. START BY KNOWING WHO YOUR AT-RISK
SHIPMATES ARE, AND HOW THEY SPEND THEIR OFF-DUTY TIME. LEAD BY
EXAMPLE, REGARDLESS OF RANK AND RATE AND FOSTER A CULTURE OF DOING
THE RIGHT THING. PLAN AHEAD TO AVOID UNNECESSARY AND DEADLY RISK,
AND HOLD SHIPMATES AND OURSELVES ACCOUNTABLE FOR OUR ACTIONS.
WATCH EACH OTHERS BACKS. BE A TEAM.
3. NOW IS THE TIME TO TURN THE TIDE AND START PUTTING SAFETY FIRST.
IN ADDITION TO THE TRAINING AND PPE REQUIREMENTS CONTAINED IN REF
A, I AM DIRECTING THE FOLLOWING POLICY CHANGES, INCLUDING EFFECTING
THESE GENERAL ORDERS: ALL MILITARY MEMBERS, INCLUDING RESERVISTS
IN AN ACTIVE STATUS INCLUDING IDT AND ADT, ARE ORDERED TO WEAR SEAT
BELTS WHEN AVAILABLE AND FUNCTIONING IN A MOVING CAR OR TRUCK,
WHETHER THEY ARE ON OR OFF-DUTY. ADDITIONALLY, EVERY MILITARY
MEMBER OPERATING OR RIDING AS A PASSENGER ON A MOTORCYCLE IS
ORDERED TO WEAR A CERTIFIED PROTECTIVE HELMET. THESE ORDERS APPLY
WHETHER THE MEMBER IS ON OR OFF-DUTY AND REGARDLESS OF ANY LESS
RESTRICTIVE REQUIREMENTS IN CIVIL JURISDICTIONS. FAILURE TO COMPLY
WITH THESE MANDATES MAY RESULT IN ADMINISTRATIVE AND/OR OTHER
ACTION UNDER THE UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE. COMMANDING
OFFICERS/OFFICERS-IN-CHARGE SHALL ENSURE THAT ALL MEMBERS IN THEIR
COMMAND ARE AWARE OF THESE ORDERS, AND SHALL HOLD THOSE WHO FAIL TO
FOLLOW THEM ACCOUNTABLE.
4. FOR PURPOSES OF LINE OF DUTY/MISCONDUCT DETERMINATIONS, FAILURE
TO TAKE PROPER VEHICULAR SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND TO COMPLY WITH
THESE ORDERS WILL BE CONSIDERED AS ONE OF POTENTIALLY SEVERAL
FACTORS DURING LINE OF DUTY/MISCONDUCT DETERMINATIONS. ALTHOUGH A
MEMBERS FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THESE ORDERS WILL NOT CREATE AN
AUTOMATIC PRESUMPTION OF MISCONDUCT, A DETERMINATION OF NOT IN THE
LINE OF DUTY BECAUSE OF A MEMBERS MISCONDUCT COULD RESULT IN A LOSS
OF IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AND OTHER BENEFITS TO THE SERVICE MEMBER
AND/OR SERVICE MEMBERS FAMILY.
5. INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.
6. ADMIRAL THAD ALLEN, COMMANDANT, SENDS

Friday, October 26, 2007

Friday, September 28, 2007

How to Shatter A Castro-phile’s Arguments.

This is rather long but a good read. I had to transcribe this from a hard copy so any typos are mine and not the authors.


1. USINT is pleased to send in this distillation of the best or our briefings and responses to questions about Cuba, usually from audiences that are opposed to U.S. policy towards Cuba.

Q. The U.S. embargo (called “blockage by the GOC and its close allies) has not brought down the Castro regime. Why do you persist with this failed policy?

A. U.S. trade and other sanctions are the least we can do to respond, as we must, to a regime that has had a history of totalitarian rule, export of violence and subversion, and unremitting hostility to the United States. It is true that the Castro regime has withstood the sanctions, but it is also true that the USG has been true to its principles by seeking to isolate a regime that is so alien to all that American democracy stands for. We stood firm for 45 years until the USSR and the Iron Curtain collapsed. The collapse of communist rule in Cuba has taken longer, but is just as inevitable.

Q. Didn’t the U.S. Defense Department come out with a report saying that Cuba is not a threat to the United States?

A. Yes, although the report’s drafter turned out to be Ana Belen Montes, a woman who was convicted for espionage on behalf of the Cuban regime. Although Cuba may not pose a conventional military threat to the U.S., it clearly demonstrated, with Ana Belen Montes, that it is an intelligence threat. The Cuban regime considers itself an enemy of the USG and is an instigator of anti-American activities all over the world, especially in Latin America. Its functionaries in Venezuela and Bolivia right now are helping leaders there assault those countries’ democratic institutions. Cuba is on the list of countries that support international terrorism; any intelligence it picks up from the USA, it can be expected to pass on to other rogue states or groups that are enemies of the USA.

Q. But aren’t we missing out on great trade opportunities?

A. Cuba is an impoverished Third World country with a GNP in the neighborhood of 35 billion dollars. The Cuban exile community in the USA alone, with 15 percent of Cuba’s population, has a larger GNP. We can easily handle not trading with Castro’s Cuba for however much longer it takes until it becomes a free society. In the mean time, our laws permit sales of agricultural products to the tune of roughly 400 million dollars per year.

Q. But won’t the Spanish, other Europeans, Canadians and Asians have a leg up on us for new investment opportunities?

A. Investors in Cuba are buying into an apartheid system that pays virtual slave wages and provides no internationally recognized worker rights. We are surprised that people who protested against apartheid in South Africa or against sweatshops in Mexico or Southeast Asia are not up in arms over working conditions in Cuba, where wages are 15 dollars a month. Cuban citizens also have no right to stay in the hotels that the Europeans and Canadians invest in and frequent as tourists. The question should be: Why would democratic countries in Europe and Canada want to do business with a brutal totalitarian government like Cuba? Finally, when Cuba truly opens up its economy, we are confident that American businesses will take full advantage of the opportunity to work with enterprising Cubans.

Q. Isn’t the embargo hurting the Cuban people?

A. The Cuban regime’s state-run, inefficient economic system is preventing the Cuban people from prospering. This is a deliberate policy which keeps Cubans so busy scraping by to put food on the table that they have no time or energy left to protest. The embargo aims to deny U.S. resources to the regime, but does not prevent Cuba from obtaining goods and services from other countries.

Q. If you end the embargo, won’t the Cuban regime no longer be able to blame the USG for its problems?

A. If we ended the embargo, the Cuban regime would continue to blame the USG for its problems, either by presenting us a bill for cumulative damage to their economy or finding some other issue. For example, they have completely invented a controversy involving five of their spies that were arrested in the United States and convicted by a U.S. court. The fact that other members of that same spy network confessed and plea bargained has had no effect on the Cuban regime’s propaganda campaign.

Q. If you relax the embargo’s travel restrictions, wouldn’t an influx of American tourists usher in democratic change?

A. Two million Canadian and European tourists per year have not ushered in democratic change. They have put roughly two billion dollars in the pocket of the regime, helped perpetuate an apartheid tourist system, and also, in many cases, participated in sex tourism.

Q. But wasn’t Cuba America’s brothel and gambling casino before Castro replaced Batista in 1959?

A. There were certainly injustices and political grievances surrounding Batista’s rule, but not many economic ones. Cuba was, in the 1950s, a very popular destination for U.S. tourism and investment in many sectors. It was one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America, in terms of GNP, cars and televisions per capita, and also social indicators. More American were living in or visiting Cuba than vice-versa; and immigrants from Italy and Spain were streaming in by the thousands.

Q. Isn’t it true that Castro’s Cuba has set an example to the world in areas of health and education?

A. By repeating this mantra, you are unwittingly duped into perpetuating “the big lie.” A lie, if repeated many hundreds of times, is still a lie. The Cuban health care system was the best in Latin America before Castro took over. The regime invests heavily in the health system but in ways that are inefficient: Cuba has more doctors per capita than Denmark, yet hospitals lack bed sheets and simple medications like aspirins. Health care is politicized, forcing thousands of doctors overseas on “international missions” while Cubans back home are uncared for. Doctors in Cuba spend half their time at political meetings, drawing them away from patient care. Medicine is administered via an apartheid system: The best facilities and doctors are reserved for foreigners, tourists and regime nomenklatura; facilities for ordinary Cubans are no better than those in most other Third World countries. Ordinary Cubans, even if they have hard currency, are not allowed to buy medications at the best pharmacies, which are reserved for foreigners and nomenklatura.

Q. But what about education? And that high literacy rate?

A. Cuba had levels of education and literacy among the top tier of Latin American countries in the 1950s. The Castro regime’s literacy campaign claimed to have raised the rate, but did so with a heavy ideological component. Cubans are largely literate, although younger ones nowadays are struggling with basic reading and math skills. Additionally, all through the grade levels they are force-fed propaganda and given grades and opportunities in accordance with their political loyalties (and their parent’s political loyalties). Because the Cuban regime restricts access to free information, including the internet, Cubans grow up with limited options for reading and use of computer. They are among the most computer illiterate societies in Latin America.

Q. But back to health care, isn’t it true that Cuba has a world-class low level of infant mortality?

A. Not necessarily. One problem with statistics. Even UN and other international statistics are provided by the Cuban regime, which defines the truth in political terms. Additionally, Cuban obstetricians regularly insist on and administer abortions for most pregnancies where there is any suggestion of health risk for the newborns. The high rate of abortions has the effect of skewing the numbers in a way that produces better statistics for infant mortality, as well as life expectancy.

Q. Hasn’t Fidel Castro had broad popular support among the Cuban people?

A. It is impossible to measure how much support Fidel Castro has. Obviously, he has never measured his popularity by free elections. Public opinion polls are not possible because of the climate of fear that pervades Cuba. Spying and reporting on the citizenry is one of the regime’s most labor and resource-intensive activities, and is backed by brute force. Stating one’s opposition to Castro’s rule is a crime, punishable by many years of imprisonment. Unable to vote at the ballot box, Cubans vote with their feet. Emigration from Cuba is massive, and is the desire of most young Cubans. Their preferred destination is the USA, but they settle in many other countries too, including relatively poor ones in Latin America.

Q. But now that Fidel Castro is incapacitated, shouldn’t we sit down and talk with Raul Castro? Isn’t he a more pragmatic, nicer guy?

A. Raul Castro has participated in every aspect of the Cuban regime’s totalitarian rule, including mass murder of Cubans and kidnapping of American citizens. We have many grievances to discuss with a Cuban government, but we do not accept that passing command from a dictator to his brother represents any kind of legitimacy worthy of a change in policy. Raul Castro may be more pragmatic than Fidel Castro; but that’s not saying much. Raul Castro himself has stated that he has no intention to change the communist nature of the regime. No, what’s not needed is a US/Cuba meeting that legitimizes Raul Castro, but rather a full consultation between the regime and the Cuban people regarding the future of their country.

Q. But we talk to China, and they are a communist country that violates human rights.

A. The USG does not have a one-size-fits-all foreign policy. Our relationship with China has a much different history and its own texture—including considerable advocacy for human rights in China. Regarding Cuba, no effort to embrace the regime, either by us or any other country, has made a dent in it totalitarian nature.

Q. Isn’t U.S. policy toward Cuba held hostage to right-wing exile Cubans in Miami?

A. That question is insulting to Cuban exiles, who have come to America under difficult circumstances and managed to succeed, in the aggregate, based on hard work, education and other values that have brought about success to any immigrant group that has sought the American dream. To the extent that Cuban Americans have elected leaders with a point of view about Cuba, that is the way our democratic system works, for Cubans, or for any other immigrant community. Opinion polls show that Cuban exiles have a diversity of viewpoints on Cuba and on other political issues; they vote both Republican and Democrat. They know and care move about Cuba than other Americans, so it is normal, and desirable, that they have an impact on U.S. policy. In any case, their wish for democracy and freedom in Cuba is consistent with U.S. policy worldwide.

Q. Aren’t Cuban dissidents who receive aid from Miami pawns of U.S. policy?

A. The Cuban democratic opposition is a home-grown response to lack of freedom on the island and grotesque abuses of human rights by the Cuban regime. There are many components to this opposition: Independent journalists, librarians and teachers; political movements and parties; free labor leaders; human rights monitors; and The Ladies in White. This latter group is made up of relatives of Cuban political prisoner. The U.S is proud to provide assistance to these people, who in most cases have nowhere else to turn. Who in their right mind would suggest a U.S. policy that turns our back on courageous people seeking freedom?

Q. How can the USG let Posada Carriles walk free? Isn’t that inconsistent with our counterterrorism policy?

A. In the recent legal proceedings regarding Luis Posada Carriles, the USG was on the side arguing for keeping Posada in jail. A judge ruled differently, ant the executive branch must abide by that decision. However, Posada is not now a legal U.S. resident and is subject to expulsion. There are active legal cases regarding his connection to violent crimes that cannot be commented on because they are active cases. As of today, Posada Carriles has been accused of many crimes but not convicted of any of them.

2. We have deliberately made this message unclassified with the hope that it is circulated widely and used to rebut Cuban propaganda.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Books for Sale

I've put some of my extra books up for sale on Amazon. You can see the list here. If you've never used this service, it is a good way to make a few bucks on books that you don't want to keep around anymore.

If you are looking for something on Amazon please consider using the search box at the top of the page. I get a little kickback for every order that's placed that way. If you have a similar link on your site, let me know and I'll use it the next time I order.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

PY08 RESERVE LIEUTENANT COMMANDER SELECTION BOARD RESULTS

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SUBJ: PY08 RESERVE LIEUTENANT COMMANDER SELECTION BOARD RESULTS
A. RESERVE POLICY MANUAL, COMDTINST M1001.28A
1. THE SECRETARY HAS APPROVED THE REPORT OF THE SELECTION BOARD CONVENED ON 20 AUGUST 2007 WHICH RECOMMENDED THE FOLLOWING NAMED OFFICERS ON THE INACTIVE DUTY PROMOTION LIST (IDPL) FOR PROMOTION TO THE GRADE OF COMMANDER. OFFICERS SELECTED ARE LISTED BELOW IN IDPL PRECEDENCE ORDER:
NAME DEPT
1.BAKER, MICHAEL CGPC RPM
2.BALL, GARY F. CG SECTOR BALTIMORE
3.SCHAMBIER, ROBERT M. CG SECTOR SEATTLE
4.CURRENT, KEIRSTEN E. COMDT
5.GUTIERREZ, FERNANDO CG SECTOR SAN JUAN
6.ROSELLO, BRAD CG MSU CHICAGO
7.KOMATINSKY, SEAN A. CG MSU LAKE CHARLES
8.FONDRAN, GREG A. CGD NINE
9.WENNET, CRAIG L. CG ISC BOSTON
10.LAVRENCHIK, MICHAEL P. CGD NINE
11.OSBORNE, NATHAN H. CG SECTOR SAN JUAN
12.CORALIN, LETICIA I. CG SECTOR SAN JUAN
13.KIRCHOFF, GERALD A. CG SECTOR OHIO VALLEY
14.HUOT, CATHERINE L. CG SECTOR ANCHORAGE
15.CASSELS, WILLIAM B. CG SMTC
16.CROFF, DIANE M. CG SECTOR ST PETERSBURG
17.GRACE, PATRICK J. CGD THIRTEEN
18.WATSON, ANGELA R. CG MLCLANT
19.NEELEY, KRISTINE B. CG SECTOR SAN DIEGO
20.KUCK, JEFFREY W. CG SECTOR ST PETERSBURG
21.COOPER, ROBERT M. CG PSU 309
22.TIEMAN, JASON E. CG MSU GALVESTON
23.LEE, CHRISTOPHER E CGD FOURTEEN
24.POTTER, ERIN B. CG SECTOR SAULT STE MARIE
25.GENSCH, KEITH CG SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS
26.MALONE, PAULA J. CG SECTOR ST PETERSBURG
27.WASSERMAN, JEFFREY M. CGD ELEVEN
28.MARGULIES, WILLIAM P. NCWRON 25
29.MACK, BRUCE G. USJFCOM
30.WILLIAMS, JEFFREY A. NCWRON 33
31.SERRANOSANCHEZ, RAMON L. CG ESU MIAMI
32.LAVERY, KEVIN P. CG PACAREA
33.WILCOX, CHARLES E. USCENTCOM
34.WOODY, LAWRENCE E. CG PACAREA
35.HINES, KENNETH J. CG SECTOR OHIO VALLEY
36.BENN, WILLIAM S. CG PSU 313
37.SCHROEDER, KRISTEN M. CG SECTOR LONG ISLAND SOUND
38.BALTZ, KENNETH A. CG SECTOR SAN FRANCISCO
39.MURPHY, NATALIE M. CG SECTOR MOBILE
40.ACOSTA, MONICA B. CGD SEVENTEEN
41.VEALENCIS, JOSEPH J. CGPC RPM
42.EBBERS, DOUGLAS L. CG SECTOR SAN FRANCISCO
43.BOYD, CORNEDA Y. CG SECTOR LOWER MISSISSIPPI
44.CONKLIN, JENNIFER J CG SECTOR HONOLULU
45.GARRITY, ELISA M. CG SECTOR SAN DIEGO

[SNIP]

6. THE BOARD'S MEMBERSHIP AND UNITS ARE:
NAME UNIT
CAPT KIMBERLY J. PICKENS, USCGR COMDT (CG-131)
CDR ANDREW S. MCKINLEY, USCGR CG PSU 309
LCDR ALAN R. TUBBS, USCG CG PACAREA
LCDR BRION J. FITZGERALD, USCGR CG ELC BALITMORE
LCDR NECIA L. CHAMBLISS, USCGR COMDT (CG-094M)
LCDR RICHARD F. BRANNON, USCGR CG GST
7. THE PRECEPT WHICH CONVENED THIS BOARD AND CHARGED THE MEMBERS WITH THEIR DUTIES, AND THE COMDT'S GUIDANCE FOR PROMOTION YEAR 2008 SELECTION BOARDS, ARE AVAILABLE VIA THE CGPC (RPM) CG INTERNET SITE
HTTP://WWW.USCG.MIL/RPM/PY08

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

9/11

A few days after the 9/11 attacks, someone made a very moving slideshow online. You can find it again here.

Don't forget.

Monday, September 10, 2007

PY08 RESERVE COMMANDER SELECTION BOARD RESULTS

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SUBJ: PY08 RESERVE COMMANDER SELECTION BOARD RESULTS
A. RESERVE POLICY MANUAL, COMDTINST M1001.28A
1. THE SECRETARY HAS APPROVED THE REPORT OF THE SELECTION BOARD
CONVENED ON 30 JULY 2007 WHICH RECOMMENDED THE FOLLOWING NAMED
OFFICERS ON THE INACTIVE DUTY PROMOTION LIST (IDPL) FOR PROMOTION
TO THE GRADE OF COMMANDER. OFFICERS SELECTED ARE LISTED BELOW IN
IDPL PRECEDENCE ORDER:
NO. NAME DEPT
1. NELSON, ROBERT T. CGPC RPM
2. NELSON, RICHARD K. CG ISC NEW ORLEANS
3. DAVENPORT, WILLIAM F. CG SUPRTCEN ELIZABETH CITY
4. ROSZKOWSKI, LEONA M. COMDT (CG-00H1)
5. OBRIEN, SEAN K. CGD NINE
6. GASSER, THOMAS CG SECTOR CHARLESTON
7. MURAKAMI, MARK M. CGD FOURTEEN
8. DAVIS, JOHN W. CG MLCLANT
9. CAMPBELL, LISA M. CG SECTOR BOSTON
10. ROBINSON, JAMES P. CGD ONE
11. MURPHY, CHARLES G. CG LANTAREA
12. POLLIO, CAROL A. CG ICC
13. HOFFMAN, PETER M. CGD NINE
14. BROWN, BARON K. CG SECTOR LA/LB
15. MEDEROS, ROGELIO A. SOUTHCOM
16. BROWN, DENNIS A. NCWRON 30
17. WASCO, FREDERICK CGD NINE
18. MORGAN, CRAIG W. CG SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS
19. MAKI, KYLE E. NCWRON 30
20. STUCK, MATTHEW B. CGD ONE
21. WALDMAN, ROBERT CG LANTAREA
22. HARTZELL, JOHN M. CG LANTAREA
23. DONALDSON, JEAN T. JFCOM
24. MILLER, PHILLIP D. CG LANTAREA
25. MILLER, DONALD A. CG ISC MIAMI BEACH
26. EVANISH, MICHAEL D. CG MSU PITTSBURGH
27. SALL, CHAMPEE V. SOUTHCOM
28. LIVINGOOD, JAMES S. CG LANTAREA
29. COX, MARK D. JFCOM
30. ANDREWS, JAMES B. NCWRON 33
31. WILLIS, FOREST A. CG SUPRTCEN ELIZABETH CITY
32. GAROFOLO, JOHN J. CG ACADEMY
33. KILLMER, PETER D. CGD NINE
34. FITZGERALD, BRION J. CG ELC
35. CLARK, DANIEL W. SOUTHCOM
36. BRADY, ROBERT M. CG GST
37. BROWN, SHERRI L. CG MLCLANT
38. WEBSTER, CAMERON K. CGD THIRTEEN
39. TUBBS, ALAN R. CG PACAREA
40. MCCONNELL, FRANK V. CG TRACEN YORKTOWN
41. NAUERT, GERALD A. TRANSCOM
42. SCHAEFER, FRANKLIN H. CGD SEVEN
43. HENDERSON, SCOTT D. CG SECTOR SAN FRANCISCO
44. SMITH, BENJAMIN L. CG MSU TOLEDO
45. ELLIS, RICHARD CG SECTOR SAN DIEGO
46. KALLEN, DAWN M. CGD ONE
47. HOLDREN, CATHERINE A. CG GP ASTORIA
48. RHINEHART, KERSTIN B. CGD NINE
49. LINSKY, SCOTT R. CG AST
50. HILL, STEVEN J. CENTCOM
51. SCHNEIDER, DOUGLAS B. CG ACTEUR
52. HAMMER, ELLEN L. CG SECTOR BALTIMORE
[snip]
6. THE BOARD'S MEMBERSHIP AND UNITS ARE:
NAME UNIT
CAPT MICHAEL F. MORIARTY, USCGR CG LANTAREA
CDR GREGORY S. LINGLE, USCGR CGD ELEVEN
CDR KATHLEEN A. DUIGNAN, USCGR COMDT (CG-094M)
CDR SANDRA K. SELMAN, USCG CGD SEVENTEEN
CDR JAMES M. KELLY, USCGR CG LANTAREA
CDR KEVIN H. NISHIMURA, USCGR CGD FOURTEEN

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Final Letter on the Healy Accident

The Coast Guard Chief of Staff has released the final decision letter on the diving accident on board the USCGC HEALY.

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SUBJ: RELEASE OF CHIEF OF STAFFS FINAL DECISION LETTER ON THE 17 AUGUST 2006 CGC HEALY CLASS A DIVER MISHAP
1. THE RELEASE OF THE CHIEF OF STAFFS FINAL DECISION LETTER SIGNALS THE COMPLETION OF A RIGOROUS SAFETY INVESTIGATION, MISHAP ANALYSIS, AND HIGH LEVEL REVIEW OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH LEAD TO AND CONTRIBUTED TO THE DEATHS OF TWO OF OUR SHIPMATES ON 17 AUGUST 2006. THIS IS THE SECOND OF TWO PROCESSES THAT INQUIRED INTO THIS MISHAP. THE FIRST PROCESS WAS AN ADMINISTRATIVE INVESTIGATION. FINAL ACTION WAS TAKEN ON THE ADMINISTRATIVE INVESTIGATION ON 10 JANUARY 2007. THE SOLE PURPOSE OF THIS SAFETY INVESTIGATION WAS TO FIND OUT WHY THE MISHAP OCCURRED SO SIMILAR MISHAPS CAN BE PREVENTED IN THE FUTURE. THE FINAL DECISION LETTER OUTLINES THE NUMEROUS CAUSAL AND CONTRIBUTING FACTORS THAT RESULTED IN THIS TRAGIC MISHAP. NO SIGNIFICANT ADDITIONAL FACTS WERE FOUND IN THIS INVESTIGATION BEYOND THOSE IDENTIFIED IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE INVESTIGATION. IT ALSO DIRECTS CHANGES TO VARIOUS COAST GUARD PROGRAMS IMPLICATED IN THIS MISHAP TO IDENTIFY/AVOID SIMILAR HAZARDS AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES IN THE FUTURE. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE HONOR THE MEMORIES OF OUR FALLEN SHIPMATES BY DILIGENTLY IMPLEMENTING THE CORRECTIVE ACTIONS DIRECTED IN THE FINAL DECISION LETTER. ALL MEMBERS OF THE COAST GUARD ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO READ THE ENTIRE FINAL DECISION LETTER AS POSTED ON THE FOLLOWING WEBSITES:
A. COAST GUARD MEMBERS WITH ACCESS TO A CG STANDARD WORKSTATION SHOULD VIEW THE FINAL DECISION LETTER POSTED ON CG CENTRAL AT:
(HTTP://CGCENTRAL.USCG.MIL).
B. MBRS WITHOUT CGSW ACCESS CAN VIEW A COPY OF THE SAME LETTER AT:
(HTTP://WWW.USCG.MIL/CCS/CIT/CIM/FOIA/ELECTRONIC_READING_ROOM.HTM).
2. THERE WERE A TOTAL OF 26 CAUSAL FACTORS AND 48 CONTRIBUTORY FACTORS IDENTIFIED. THE CENTRAL THEMES WERE A LACK OF APPROPRIATE SUPERVISION, A LACK OF A RISK ASSESSMENT WHICH LED TO POOR DECISION MAKING, AND A LACK OF OPERATIONAL DISCIPLINE ON THE PART OF THE INDIVIDUALS INVOLVED.
3. WHILE THERE IS STILL MUCH WORK LEFT TO DO IN ORDER TO ADDRESS ALL OF THESE CAUSAL FACTORS, THE FOLLOWING CHANGES HAVE BEEN COMPLETED.
A. IN ACCORDANCE WITH ALCOAST 440/06, A ONE-DAY SAFETY STAND DOWN WAS ORDERED AND COMPLETED FOR ALL DIVING UNITS. IN ADDITION, A MODIFIED DIVING PROGRAM SAFETY SURVEY (NO TRAINING, INSPECTION
ONLY) WAS COMPLETED ON EVERY DIVING UNIT ON OR BEFORE 12 JANUARY 2007.
B. TO IMPROVE SUPERVISION AND OVERSIGHT, THE DIVE PROGRAM MANAGER BILLET WAS UPGRADED FROM AN O-3 TO AN O-4 AND A CHIEF PETTY OFFICER BILLET WAS ESTABLISHED AS THE ASSISTANT COAST GUARD DIVING PROGRAM MANAGER. AREA COMMANDERS, DISTRICT COMMANDERS, AND THE DEPLOYABLE OPERATIONS GROUP COMMANDER ALSO DESIGNATED DIVING PROGRAM OVERSIGHT BILLETS WITHIN THEIR COMMANDS. THE INDIVIDUALS FILLING THESE BILLETS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR TRACKING THE READINESS, QUALIFICATION AND TRAINING STATUS OF THEIR DIVING UNITS.
C. PRIOR TO AND DURING OPERATION DEEP FREEZE 2007, USCGC POLAR SEA COMPLETED A DIVE RISK ASSESSMENT, COMPLETED PRESCRIBED DRY SUIT TRAINING, AND ADDED A TEMPORARY DUTY USCG DIVING ADVISOR TO SERVE AS DIVE TEAM SAFETY OBSERVER DURING ANTARCTIC TRAINING AND DIVE OPERATIONS.
D. THE ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR OPERATIONS REAFFIRMED AND EMPHASIZED THAT DIVING UNIT COMMANDERS ARE TO PROVIDE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR AND TO REQUIRE REGULARLY SCHEDULED TRAINING DIVES TO ALLOW DIVERS TO MAINTAIN PROFICIENCY AS REQUIRED BY THE CG DIVING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL, COMDTINST M3150.1B.
E. THE ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR OPERATIONS SENT A DIVE PROGRAM REPRESENTATIVE TO THE DIVING IN THE ARCTIC ENVIRONMENT COURSE FROM
15 - 22 MARCH 2007 TO LEARN THE LATEST INFORMATION ON DIVING IN THE ARCTIC REGION.
F. THE ASSISTANT COMMANDANTS FOR OPERATIONS AND HUMAN RESOURCES DEVELOPED A DIVE TRAINING MODULE FOR INCLUSION IN APPROPRIATE TRAINING SYLLABI FOR COMMAND CADRE OF DIVE UNITS AND OTHER FIELD UNITS WHO MAY UTILIZE DIVERS. SPECIFICALLY, THE PROSPECTIVE COMMANDING OFFICER AND EXECUTIVE OFFICER (PCO/PXO) AFLOAT COURSE, THE PROSPECTIVE OPERATIONS OFFICER (POPS) AFLOAT COURSE, AND THE BOAT FORCES COMMAND CADRE COURSE ADDED A BLOCK OF INSTRUCTION.
G. THE ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR OPERATIONS UPDATED THE DIVE PROGRAM SAFETY SURVEY CHECKLISTS TO REFLECT CHANGES IN CG/NAVY POLICIES AS OF 23 APRIL 2007.
4. THE FOLLOWING DIRECTED CORRECTIVE ACTIONS STILL PEND BUT ARE WELL UNDERWAY TOWARDS COMPLETION:
A. THE ASSISTANT COMMANDANT FOR OPERATIONS CHARTERED A CROSS- DIRECTORATE STUDY TEAM, INCLUDING DIVE EXPERTISE FROM THE NAVY AND OTHER RECOGNIZED SOURCES OF DIVE EXPERTISE, TO EVALUATE REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT, AND POLICY GUIDANCE FOR THE COAST GUARD DIVING PROGRAM WITH A REPORT OUT TO THE CHIEF OF STAFF. THE RESULTS OF THIS STUDY TEAM ARE CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW FOR POTENTIAL CHANGES TO THE DIVE PROGRAM.
B. AMENDMENTS ARE BEING MADE TO THE CG DIVING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES MANUAL, COMDTINST M3150.1B, TO REFLECT DIRECTED CHANGES TO POLICIES, INCLUDING CHANGES TO THE DIVE STANDARDIZATION AND SITE VISIT PROGRAM, DIVING EQUIPMENT AND PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE PROCEDURES, PERSONNEL ASSIGNMENTS, OPERATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT FOR DIVE TEAMS, AND DIVE LOG KEEPING PROCEDURES.
C. ADDITIONAL DIRECTED ACTIONS ARE LISTED IN THE FINAL DECISION LETTER POSTED AT THE WEBSITES LISTED IN PARA 1.A. AND 1.B.
D. AMONG THE ADDITIONAL ACTIONS BEING DIRECTED IS A FORMAL ORGANIZATIONAL RISK ASSESSMENT TO BE CONDUCTED FOR ALL COAST GUARD OPERATIONAL MISSION AREAS TO IDENTIFY, CLARIFY, AND MITIGATE ASSOCIATED RISKS PARTICULARLY WITH RESPECT TO RAPIDLY EXPANDING/EMERGING MISSION AREAS.
5. AS THE COMMANDANT STATED IN HIS ALL HANDS MESSAGE THIS PAST JANUARY, AS COAST GUARD MEN AND WOMEN WE ACCEPT RISK, BUT WE WILL NOT ACCEPT PREVENTABLE LOSS OR INJURY. OUR SYMPATHIES CONTINUE TO GO OUT TO THE FAMILIES, FRIENDS AND SHIPMATES OF THOSE THAT LOST THEIR LIVES IN THIS MISHAP. THE LEADERSHIP OF THE COAST GUARD IS STEADFASTLY COMMITTED TO SAFE MISSION EXECUTION.
6. INTERNET RELEASE IS AUTHORIZED.
7. VADM R. J. PAPP, CHIEF OF STAFF, SENDS.
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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Saluting out of Uniform

I got this email yesterday;


FYI for all of you, this bill was actually written by our former MCPOCG Vince Patton. He is the reason we have this privilege now. (Actually, it hasn't passed the House yet. So, stand by.)
________________________________________
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) today praised the passage by unanimous consent of his bill (S.1877) clarifying U.S. law to allow veterans and servicemen not in uniform to salute the flag. Current law (US Code Title 4, Chapter 1) states that veterans and servicemen not in uniform should place their hand over their heart without clarifying whether they can or should salute the flag.
"The salute is a form of honor and respect, representing pride in one's military service," Senator Inhofe said. "Veterans and service members continue representing the military services even when not in uniform. Unfortunately, current U.S. law leaves confusion as to whether veterans and service members out of uniform can or should salute the flag. My legislation will clarify this regulation, allowing veterans and servicemen alike to salute the flag, whether they are in uniform or not. I look forward to seeing those who have served saluting proudly at baseball games, parades, and formal events. I believe this is an appropriate way to honor and recognize the 25 million veterans in the United States who have served in the military and remain as role models to others citizens. Those who are currently serving or have served in the military have earned this right, and their recognition will be an inspiration to others."
This Bill was passed July 25, 2007.


It'll be interesting to see if military members will do this when the national anthem is being sung at sporting events.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

ACTIVE DUTY REAR ADMIRAL (LOWER HALF) SELECTION BOARD

ALCOAST 348/07
COMDTNOTE 1401
SUBJ: ACTIVE DUTY REAR ADMIRAL (LOWER HALF) SELECTION BOARD
1. THE SECRETARY HAS APPROVED THE REPORT OF THE SELECTION BOARD
CONVENED ON 11 JUL 2007 RECOMMENDING OFFICERS ON THE ACTIVE DUTY
PROMOTION LIST (ADPL) FOR PROMOTION TO THE GRADE OF REAR ADMIRAL
(LOWER HALF). OFFICERS SELECTED ARE LISTED BELOW IN PRECEDENCE
ORDER.
NAME UNIT
(1) CAPT JAMES A. WATSON, USCG CGD SEVEN
(2) CAPT STEVEN H. RATTI, USCG CG LANTAREA
(3) CAPT DANIEL A. NEPTUN, USCG CG PACAREA
(4) CAPT KEVIN S. COOK, USCG CGD THIRTEEN
(5) CAPT THOMAS P. OSTEBO, USCG COMDT
(6) CAPT KEITH A. TAYLOR, USCG COMDT

2. THE BOARD MEMBERSHIP AND UNITS ARE LISTED BELOW:
NAME UNIT
VADM ROBERT J. PAPP, JR., USCG COMDT (CG-01)
RADM DALE G. GABEL, USCG COMDT (CG-4)
RADM JOEL R. WHITEHEAD, USCG CGD EIGHT
RADM JOHN P. CURRIER, USCG COMDT (CG-9)
RDML MANSON K. BROWN, USCG CG MLCPAC
RDML CYNTHIA A. COOGAN, USCG COMDT (CG-13)
3. ALTHOUGH THE PROCEEDINGS OF A SELECTION BOARD, INCLUDING ITS
DELIBERATIONS AND CRITERIA FOR SELECTION, CANNOT BE DISCLOSED TO
ANY PERSON WHO WAS NOT A MEMBER OF THE BOARD, BOARD MEMBERS DO HAVE
VALUABLE INFORMATION THAT CAN BE SHARED REGARDING THE GENERAL
SELECTION PROCESS AND ITS FAIRNESS AND EQUITY. IF THERE ARE ANY
QUESTIONS REGARDING THE RESULTS OF THE ADPL BOARD, CONTACT CDR JIM
ANDREWS AT 202-493-1611.
4. THE PRECEPT WHICH CONVENED THE ADPL RDML BOARD AND CHARGED THE
MEMBERS WITH THEIR DUTIES, AND THE COMDTS GUIDANCE FOR PROMOTION
YEAR 2008 SELECTION BOARDS, ARE AVAILABLE VIA THE CGPC (OPM-1) CG
INTERNET SITE HTTP://WWW.USCG.MIL/HQ/CGPC/OPM/BOARDS/BOARDS.HTM OR
BY CALLING YN2 AIMEE BOCKSNICK AT 202-493-1615.
5. INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.
6. ADM THAD ALLEN, COMMANDANT, SENDS.

RESERVE REAR ADMIRAL (LOWER HALF) SELECTION BOARD

ALCOAST 347/07
COMDTNOTE 1401
SUBJ: RESERVE REAR ADMIRAL (LOWER HALF) SELECTION BOARD
1. THE SECRETARY HAS APPROVED THE REPORT OF THE SELECTION BOARD
CONVENED ON 11 JUL 2007 RECOMMENDING OFFICERS ON THE INACTIVE DUTY
PROMOTION LIST (IDPL) FOR PROMOTION TO THE GRADE OF REAR ADMIRAL
(LOWER HALF). OFFICERS SELECTED ARE LISTED BELOW IN PRECEDENCE
ORDER.
NAME UNIT
(1) CAPT STEVEN E. DAY, USCGR CG PACAREA
2. THE BOARD MEMBERSHIP AND UNITS ARE LISTED BELOW:
NAME UNIT
VADM D. BRIAN PETERMAN, USCG CG LANTAREA
RADM MARY P. ODONNELL, USCGR RETIRED
RADM DUNCAN C. SMITH, III, USCGR RETIRED
RADM DAVID W. KUNKEL, USCG CGD SEVEN
RDML MICHAEL R. SEWARD, USCGR CG PACAREA
3. ALTHOUGH THE PROCEEDINGS OF A SELECTION BOARD, INCLUDING ITS
DELIBERATIONS AND CRITERIA FOR SELECTION, CANNOT BE DISCLOSED TO
ANY PERSON WHO WAS NOT A MEMBER OF THE BOARD, BOARD MEMBERS DO HAVE
VALUABLE INFORMATION THAT CAN BE SHARED REGARDING THE GENERAL
SELECTION PROCESS AND ITS FAIRNESS AND EQUITY. IF THERE ARE ANY
QUESTIONS REGARDING THE RESULTS OF THE IDPL BOARD, CONTACT CDR KENT
BAUER AT 202-493-1702.
4. THE PRECEPT WHICH CONVENED THE IDPL RDML BOARD AND CHARGED THE
MEMBERS WITH THEIR DUTIES IS AVAILABLE VIA THE CGPC (RPM) CG
INTERNET SITE HTTP://WWW.USCG.MIL/HQ/CGPC/RPM/RPMHOME.HTM OR BY
CONTACTING LT LOUIS DERING AT 202-493-1237.
5. INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.
6. ADM THAD ALLEN, COMMANDANT, SENDS.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Zucchini Crabmeat Casserole

I found this recipe in the last issue of Virginia Wildlife Magazine. It's very good and the leftovers heat up well.

12 oz blue crabmeat (I used 1 lb)
4 cups zucchini sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 1/2 cups biscuit baking mix (Bisquick)
1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
2 teaspoons instant minced onion
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs
1 teaspoon oregano
salt & pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Mix all ingredients together and spread in a 12 x 7 1/4 x 2 inch greased baking dish.
Bake uncovered until golden brown and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.
Serves 6

Enjoy! Let me know if you try it.

Posted at the Carnival of the Recipes.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Happy Birthday Army!

R 111317Z JUN 07
FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-00//
TO DA WASHINGTON DC ALCOAST
BT
UNCLAS //N01000//
ALCOAST 292/07
COMDTNOTE 1000
SUBJ: 232ND BIRTHDAY OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY
1. THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE COAST GUARD WISH THE UNITED STATES ARMY A HAPPY 232ND BIRTHDAY.
2. SINCE JUNE 14, 1775, THE ARMY HAS ANSWERED THE CALL OF DUTY TO DEFEND THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION AND FIGHT TYRANNY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD. DESPITE GREAT RISK AND SACRIFICE, YOU PROUDLY SERVE IN HARMS WAY, UPHOLDING YOUR CORE VALUES, AND STEELING YOUR RESOLVE IN THE FACE OF TREMENDOUS TESTS OF HONOR AND COURAGE. IT IS YOUR ADHERENCE TO THESE TIMELESS VIRTUES THAT HAS MADE OUR MILITARY SO SUCCESSFUL AGAINST OUR ENEMIES AND SO RESPECTED BY OUR FRIENDS.
3. IT IS OFTEN SAID THAT CHALLENGING TIMES DEMAND EXTRAORDINARY VISION AND LEADERSHIP. YOU HAVE DEMONSTRATED MORE THAN YOUR SHARE THIS YEAR, BOLDLY FIGHTING THE GLOBAL WAR ON TERROR DESPITE STRETCHED DEPLOYMENTS AND A RELENTLESS OPERATIONAL TEMPO. THE AMERICAN PEOPLE KNOW THEY CAN RELY ON OUR SOLDIERS. YOU ARE ARMY STRONG.
4. THE COAST GUARD IS PROUD TO SERVE WITH YOU. SEMPER PARATUS.
5. INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.
6. ADM T.W. ALLEN, COMMANDANT, UNITED STATES COAST GUARD, SENDS.
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Monday, May 07, 2007

Death of a Coast Guard Hero

I met BM2 Perrett while I was at OCS. He was passionate about his calling and love for the Coast Guard. He will be sorely missed.

Fair Winds and Following Seas Boats.


R 062029Z MAY 07
FM CCGDEIGHT NEW ORLEANS LA//DRMC//
TO COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//RPF//
COMLANTAREA COGARD PORTSMOUTH VA//CC//
R 062008Z MAY 07 ZUI ASN-A08126000037
FM COMCOGARD SECTOR NEW ORLEANS LA//CC//
TO CCGDEIGHT NEW ORLEANS LA//DRMC//
BT
UNCLAS //N05360//
SUBJ: DEATH OF AN HONORED CG MEMBER
1. COAST GUARD SECTOR NEW ORLEANS ANNOUNCES WITH REGRET THE DEATH
OF WORLD WAR II COAST GUARD VETERAN MARVIN J. PERRETT. MR. PERRETT
WAS FOUND DECEASED IN HIS RESIDENCE AT METAIRIE, LOUISIANA ON
SUNDAY, MAY 06, 2007. HE WAS 81.
2. MR. PERRETT WAS BORN ON SEPTEMBER 17, 1925 IN NEW ORLEANS,
LOUISIANA WHERE HE ATTENDED WARREN EASTON HIGH SCHOOL. ON SEPTEMBER
18, 1943 AT 1700, THE DAY AFTER HIS 18TH BIRTHDAY, MR. PERRETT WAS
SWORN INTO THE COAST GUARD. UPON BEING SWORN IN, MR. PERRETT
ATTENDED A RIGOROUS SIX-WEEK BOOT CAMP AT ST. AUGUSTINE, FLORIDA AT
THE PONCE DE LEON HOTEL. UPON COMPLETION OF BOOT CAMP, MR. PERRETT
WAS TRANSFERRED TO THE AMPHIBIOUS TRAINING BASE AT CAMP LEJUNE,
NORTH CAROLINA, WHERE HE WAS TRAINED BY BOTH COAST GUARD AND MARINE
CORP. PERSONNEL TO BECOME A COXWAIN FOR LANDING CRAFT, VEHICLE,
PERSONNEL (LCVP). UPON COMPLETION OF LCVP TRAINING, MR. PERRETT
ATTENDED LANDING BARGE SCHOOL IN LITTLE CREEK, VIRGINIA WHERE HE
LEARNED TO OPERATE THE HIGGINS LANDING CRAFT. UPON COMPLETION OF
LANDING BARGE SCHOOL, MR. PERRETT WAS ASSIGNED TO THE COAST GUARD
MANNED ATACK TRANSPORT USS BAYFIELD WHERE HE SERVED AS A COXSWAIN OF
ONE OF THE BAYFIELD'S LANDING CRAFT. DURING THE INVASION OF
NORMANDY, MR. PERRETT CONDUCTED TWO INVASION TRANSPORTS TO UTAH BEACH. DESPITE HEAVY GUNFIRE FROM GERMAN SHORE BATTERIES, MR. PERRETT SAFELY TRANSPORTED 36 SOLDIERS ON THE FIRST LANDING AND MAJOR GENERAL R.O. BARTON, THE COMMANDING GENERAL OF THE 4TH
INFANTRY DIVISION, ON THE SECOND LANDING.
MR. PERRETT ALSO SERVED
AS A COXWAIN DURING THE INVASION OF SOUTHERN FRANCE. SHORTLY AFTER
HIS EUROPEAN CAMPAIGN, MR. PERRETT CONTINUED HIS ASSIGNMENT ONBOARD
THE USS BAYFIELD, WHICH PARTICIPATED IN THE INVASION OF IWO JIMA.
DURING THIS INVASION, MR. PERRETT TRANSPORTED U.S. MARINES ON THE
BEACHES OF IWO JIMA, BUT LOST HIS BOAT DURING THE FIRST BEACH
LANDING DUE TO INGRESS OF WATER OVER THE STERN.
STRANDED ON THE
SHORES OF THE ISLAND, MR. PERRETT WAS ABLE TO AVOID GUNFIRE FROM
JAPANESE TROOPS AND OBTAIN TRANSPORTATION TO THE BAYFIELD. MR.
PERRETT ALSO SERVED AS PART OF A DIVERSIONARY TACTICAL OFFENSE
DURING THE INVASION OF OKINAWA.
3. ON MAY 1, 2007, MR. PERRETT HOSTED A WEEK LONG CG SYMPOSIUM WITH
HUNDREDS OF SECTOR NEW ORLEANS PERSONNEL, WHICH INCLUDED A CG
HISTORY DISPLAY, INCLUDING SEVERAL TOURS AND TRANSITS ONBOARD A
HIGGINS TYPE LCPV ACROSS LAKE PONTCHARTRAIN AND 39FT RHIB FROM
TEXTRON MARINE AND LAND SYSTEMS. THE BODY OF MARVIN PERRETT WILL BE
DONATED TO TULANE MEDICAL CENTER, NEW ORLEANS, LA.
4. THE EFFORTS OF MR. PERRETT WERE LITTLE KNOWN, AND THE MEN WHO
TRANSPORTED AND LANDED TROOPS ON ENEMY BEACHES HAVE BEEN OVERLOOKED
BY HISTORIANS, WRITERS AND FILM PRODUCERS; HOWEVER, WITHOUT
INDIVIDUALS SUCH AS MR. PERRETT, THESE INVASIONS WOULD NOT HAVE
BEEN SUCCESSFUL.
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Reserve Senior Chief Wanted

SUBJ: ADSW-AC SOLICITATION: DEPLOYABLE OPERATIONS GROUP COMMAND
SENIOR CHIEF RESERVE FORCE, CG-3RDOGCC-CSC: E-8
A. EMAIL FM OSCS JENNIFER JENSEN, CG-3RDOGCC-CSC, DTD 10APR07
B. PERSMAN, COMDTINST M1000.6A, ARTS. 4.E.2A AND 4.E.21
C. RECALL OF ENLISTED RESERVISTS TO EXTENDED ACTIVE DUTY,COMDTINST
1141.3B
D. COMMAND MASTER CHIEF PROGRAM, COMDINST 1306.A, ARTS. 5.A.2-9,
5.B.1-4 AND 5.F.
1. SOLICITING FOR ONE RESERVE SENIOR CHIEF FOR ADSW-AC WITH
PROJECTED LONG TERM EXTENDED ACTIVE DUTY CONTRACT. DESIREABLE
CANDIDATE WILL INITIALLY HAVE SHORT TERM ADSW-AC ASSIGNMENT FROM
01JUL07 TO 30SEP07, BUT ELIGIBLE FOR CONTINUANCE ON ADSW-AC DUTY TO
01JUL08, EAD CONTRACT WILL THEN BE OFFERED FOR AN ADDITIONAL TWO
YEARS.
2. REQUIREMENTS: RESERVE SCPO WITH EXPERIENCE IN A PSU, MSST, OR
STRIKE TEAM AND A GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF RESERVE ISSUES. THE DOG CSCRF
IS A CRITICAL POSITION FOR THE SUCCESS AND FUTURE DIRECTION OF THE
DEPLOYABLE OPERATIONS GROUP. THE DUTIES ARE DETAILED IN REFS B AND
D. THE CSCRF WILL BE THE PRINCIPAL ADVOCATE FOR RESERVISTS WITHIN
THE DOG COMMUNITY AND WILL WORK CLOSELY WITH THE DOG COMMAND MASTER
CHIEF TO RESOLVE ISSUES THAT IMPACT ASSIGNED MEMBERS. THIS IS AN
OUTSTANDING OPPORTUNITY FOR STRONG LEADERS WITH EXPERIENCE AND
EXPERTISE IN THE DEPLOYABLE SPECIALIZED FORCES COMMUNITY TO HELP
BALANCE WORKFORCE NEEDS WITH COAST GUARD GOALS.
3. RESERVE SENIOR CHIEFS WITH COMMAND APPROVAL AND THAT MEET THE
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA IN REFS B, C AND D ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS ARE FOUND IN REF C AND MUST BE ACCOMPANIED
BY A REQUEST FOR EXTENDED ACTIVE DUTY (CG-3472). LEAVE THE BILLET
NUMBER BLANK AND INCLUDE ALL REQUIRED ITEMS IN REF D. PACKAGES MUST
BE RECEIVED NLT 01MAY07. PLEASE ENSURE CONTACT INFORMATION IS
INCLUDED IN YOUR APPLICATION. APPLICANTS CAN ANTICIPATE ADSW-AC
ORDERS TO BE FOLLOWED BY A (02) YEAR EAD CONTRACT. SELECTION WILL
BE MADE NLT 15MAY07 AND ALL MEMBERS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THE
SELECTION VIA MESSAGE.
4. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE POSITION OR APPLICATION PROCESS,
CONTACT OSCS JENNIFER D. JENSEN, COMMAND SENIOR CHIEF, DOG
COMMISSIONING CELL, (202)493-1182 OR EMAIL AT JENNIFER.D.JENSEN(AT)
USCG.MIL.
5. APPLICATION: INTERESTED RESERVE PERSONNEL WITH COMMAND APPROVAL
SUBMIT REQUESTS TO YNC LYNDA KENNEDY, AND MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGE
TO THE DEPLOYABLE OPERATIONS GROUP COMMISSIONING CELL, 4200 WILSON
BLVD, SUITE 470, ARLINGTON, VA 22203-1804 (ATTN: OSCS JENNIFER D.
JENSEN) OR E-MAIL TO JENNIFER.D.JENSEN(AT)USCG.MIL, SUBJ LINE – DOG
CSCRF, AS A PDF ELECTRONIC FILE; PDF FILE MUST CONTAIN SIGNATURES.
6. MLCA(PF) REQUEST YOU SOLICIT YOUR AOR AND FORWARD MESSAGE TO
CG-1313: INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Promotion Year 2008 Zones

R 291708Z MAR 07 ZUI ASN-PS7089000007
FM COMCOGARD PERSCOM ARLINGTON VA//C//
TO ALCGPERSCOM
BT
UNCLAS //N01610//
ALCGPERSCOM 021/07
SUBJ: 2007 OER SUBMISSIONS AND PY08 OFFICER SELECTION BOARDS
A. RESERVE POLICY MANUAL, COMDTINST M1001.28A, SECTION 7.A
B. PERSONNEL MANUAL, COMDTINST M1000.6A
C. COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC 202042Z FEB 04, ALCOAST 077/04
1. MOST OFFICER EVALUATION REPORTS (OERS) ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE AT
CGPC (OPM-3 AND RPM) BETWEEN MAY AND SEPTEMBER. OFFICERS ARE
ENCOURAGED TO SUBMIT INPUT FOR OERS ON THE SCHEDULED DATE. IF THE
REPORTED ON OFFICER OR REPORTING OFFICER IS SCHEDULED TO DETACH
DURING SUMMER 2007, DELAYING SUBMISSION OF THE OER TO PROVIDE
COMPLETE COVERAGE OF PERFORMANCE PRIOR TO TRANSFER OR CHANGE OF
REPORTING OFFICER MAY BE WARRANTED. HOWEVER, COMMANDS SHOULD
REPORTING OFFICER MAY BE WARRANTED. HOWEVER, COMMANDS SHOULD
CAREFULLY EVALUATE WHETHER OR NOT THERE IS VALUE ADDED TO ANY DELAY
IN SUBMISSION OF AN OER PAST THE SCHEDULED SUBMISSION DATE. OFFICERS
WHO ARE BELOW THE ZONE ARE REMINDED TO CONSIDER THE IMPACT OF
DELAYING THEIR ANNUAL OERS AS SELECTION BOARDS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH
THEIR RECORDS AS PART OF THE SELECTION BOARD PROCESS. OFFICERS
PROJECTED TO BE IN OR ABOVE ZONE FOR SELECTION SHALL NOT DELAY
SUBMISSION OF THEIR ANNUAL/SEMI-ANNUAL OER.
2. IN PREPARATION FOR PROMOTION YEAR 2008 (PY08) SELECTION BOARD
SEASON, THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS PROVIDED FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
ONLY. PRELIMINARY ZONE SIZES ARE ESTIMATES BASED ON HISTORICAL
AVERAGES AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS OFFICIAL PY08 ZONE SIZES.
ACTUAL ZONE SIZES WILL BE PUBLISHED UPON APPROVAL OF THE OFFICER
CORPS MANAGEMENT PLAN AND WILL MOST LIKELY BE SMALLER THAN PROJECTED
ZONE SIZES. SIGNAL NUMBERS (SIGNO) ARE FROM THE 2006 REGISTER OF
OFFICERS AVAILABLE AT
HTTP://WWW.USCG.MIL/HQ/CGPC/OPM/REGISTER/REGISTER.HTM OR ON CG
CENTRAL UNDER CAREER MANAGEMENT. THE 2007 REGISTER SHOULD BE
AVAILABLE IN EARLY MAY.
3. FOR PLANNING PURPOSES, THE ESTIMATED ACTIVE DUTY PROMOTION LIST
(ADPL) ZONE SIZES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
A. RDML SEL: CAPTAINS WITH A DATE OF RANK (DOR) OF 01JUL05 OR
EARLIER. THIS INCLUDES OFFICERS IN YEAR GROUP 81 WHO MAY ALSO BE
SUBJECT TO CONTINUATION.
B. CAPT SEL: COMMANDERS WITH SIGNO LESS THAN/EQUAL TO 732 (2006) /
614 (2007).
C. CDR SEL: LIEUTENANT COMMANDERS WITH SIGNO LESS THAN/EQUAL TO
1798 (2006)/ 1622 (2007).
D. LCDR SEL: LIEUTENANTS WITH SIGNO LESS THAN/EQUAL TO 3331 (2006)
/ 3066 (2007).
E. LT SEL: ALL LIEUTENANTS (JUNIOR GRADE) WITH A DOR OF 01JUL06 OR
EARLIER.
F. LTJG SEL: 04JUN07 BOARD: ALL ENSIGNS WITH A DOR OF 31JUL06 OR
EARLIER. 28NOV07 BOARD: ALL ENSIGNS WITH A DOR OF 31JAN07 OR
EARLIER.
4. PER REF A, IF A RESERVE OFFICER'S ADPL RUNNING MATE IS CONSIDERED
FOR SELECTION, THE INACTIVE DUTY PROMOTION LIST (IDPL) OFFICER IS
ALSO CONSIDERED FOR SELECTION. CGPC-RPM ASSIGNS IDPL OFFICERS THEIR
RUNNING MATES. THE 2006 RESERVE REGISTER IS AVAILABLE AT
HTTP://WWW.USCG.MIL/HQ/CGPC/RPM/RPMHOME.HTM OR ON CG CENTRAL UNDER
CAREER MANAGEMENT (RESERVES). THE 2007 RESERVE REGISTER SHOULD BE
AVAILABLE IN EARLY MAY.
5. FOR PLANNING PURPOSES, RESERVE OFFICER PRELIMINARY ZONE SIZES ARE
AS FOLLOWS:
A. CAPT RETENTION: CAPTAINS WITH DOR OF 01JUL07 OR EARLIER.
B. CAPT SEL: COMMANDERS WITH SIGNO LESS THAN/EQUAL TO 114 (2006) /
83 (2007).
C. CDR SEL: LIEUTENANT COMMANDERS WITH SIGNO LESS THAN/EQUAL TO 304
(2006) / 266 (2007).
D. LCDR SEL: LIEUTENANTS WITH SIGNO LESS THAN/EQUAL TO 605 (2006) /
568 (2007).
E. LT SEL: ALL LIEUTENANTS (JUNIOR GRADE) WITH A DOR OF 01JUL06 OR
EARLIER.
F. LTJG SEL: ALL ENSIGNS WITH A DOR OF 08SEP06 OR EARLIER.
6. OERS FOR ALL OFFICERS SHOULD ARRIVE AT CGPC (OPM-3 FOR ADPL, RPM
FOR IDPL) NLT 45 DAYS AFTER THE END OF PERIOD (EOP) DATE TO PROVIDE
AMPLE OPPORTUNITY FOR REVIEW, CORRECTIONS (WHEN REQUIRED), VALIDATION
AND ENTRY INTO OFFICER RECORDS. RATING CHAIN MEMBERS ARE REMINDED TO
ENSURE THAT THE CORRECT FORMS (CG FORM 5310 A/B/C/D, VERSION 10/06)
ARE USED FOR ALL OERS SUBMITTED WITH AN EOP DATE OF 01JAN07 OR LATER.
THE REVISED COMMANDER OER (CG FORM 5310C) REQUIRES BOTH A PROMOTION
RECOMMENDATION AND COMPARISON SCALE MARK IN SECTION NINE.
7. FOR RESERVE OERS, OFFICERS IN ZONE ARE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT A
SPECIAL OER IN ACCORDANCE WITH ARTICLE 10.A.3.C.1.C OF REF B.
OFFICERS ON ACTIVE DUTY FOR SPECIAL WORK (ADSW) OR INVOLUNTARY ACTIVE
DUTY MUST FOLLOW POLICIES OUTLINED IN REF C. REPORTING OF DAYS
PERFORMED ON IDT/ADT/ADSW/TITLE 10 MUST BE INCLUDED AT THE END OF
SECTION 2 OF THE OER.
8. AS OUTLINED IN ARTICLE 10.A.2.H.2 OF REF B, OER ADMINISTRATORS ARE
RESPONSIBLE FOR ENSURING COMPLETENESS, ACCURACY AND TIMELINESS OF OER
SUBMISSIONS. SECTION 14 ON PAGE 4 OF EACH ORIGINAL OER (CG FORM 5310
A/B/C/D, VERSION 10/06) SHOULD BE INITIALED AND DATED TO INDICATE THE
REQUIRED ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OF THE DOCUMENT HAS BEEN COMPLETED
PRIOR TO SUBMISSION TO CGPC.
9. FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT CGPC-OPM-3 (ADPL OFFICERS)
AND CGPC-RPM-1 (IDPL OFFICERS). OPM-3 CONTACT INFORMATION IS
AVAILABLE AT HTTP://WWW.USCG.MIL/HQ/CGPC/OPM/OPMMAIN.HTM OR ON CG
CENTRAL AT MY WORKSPACE/CAREER MANAGEMENT/OFFICER/EVALUATION.
RPM-1 CONTACT INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT
HTTP://WWW.USCG.MIL/HQ/CGPC/RPM/RPMHOME.HTM.
10. INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

DWO Needed

SUBJ: TDY VOLUNTEER SOLICITATION FOR CGC PEA ISLAND: DECK WATCH OFFICER
(DWO) E-5 TO O-3
1. SOLICITING FOR ONE ACTIVE DUTY DWO QUALIFIED MALE/FEMALE FOR CGC PEA
ISLAND TO REPORT ON 02APR07 AND DEPART OOA 29APR07 IN KEY WEST, FL. WPB
AND/OR COXN EXPERIENCE PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED. FOR ADDITIONAL INFO
CONTACT MR. LARSON, (305) 535-4510/7582.
2. APPLICATION: MEMBERS MUST HAVE COMMAND APPROVAL TO BE SELECTED
FOR ANY ASSIGNMENT. USE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO APPLY:
A. PACAREA PERSONNEL FOLLOW SERVICING ISC LOCAL PROCDURES.
B. INTERESTED LANTAREA CUTTER PERS W/CMD APPROVAL SUBMIT REQUESTS
DIRECTLY TO MLCA (PF). POCS: CWO2 DALTON/YN2 BENNETT AT
(757)628-4508/4495/FAX 4511.
C. ALL OTHER INTERESTED LANTAREA PERS W/CMD APPROVAL SHALL FORWARD
THEIR APPLICATION TO THE THEIR SERVICING ISC (PF) POC:
ISC MIAMI: BOB LARSON BOB.LARSON(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC BOSTON: YNCM RUDOLPH VINCENT.E.RUDOLPH(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC CLEVELAND: AIDALIS MILLS AIDALIS.MILLS(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC ST. LOUIS: LINDA ROBINSON LINDA.ROBINSON(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC NEW ORLEANS: DR. MCELMOYLE ROBERT.W.MCELMOYLE(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC PORTSMOUTH: YNC L. KENNEDY LYNDA.B.KENNEDY(AT)USCG.MIL
D. MEMBERS MAY APPLY BY COMPLETING THE ATTACHED ONLINE
APPLICATION FROM ANY CG STANDARD WORKSTATION (CGSW):
HTTP://WEBAPPS.MLCA.USCG.MIL/PDIV/FORCEOPS/VOLUNTEERS/DEFAULT.CFM.
MEMBERS WITHOUT CGSW ACCESS MY EMAIL THEIR APPLICATION TO THEIR ISC
(PF) POC IN PARA B. INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFO IN E-MAIL
APPLICATIONS: NAME, EMPLID, RANK, STATUS AD/RES/AUX, GENDER,
CONTACT PHONE NUMBER (WORK AND HOME/CELL), PERMANENT UNIT, UNIT
POC, UNIT POC PHONE AND DESIRED DUTY BASED ON THE SOLICITATION MSG.
3. REQUEST PARENT COMMANDS TO THOROUGHLY SCREEN/PREPARE
VOLUNTEERS FOR AFLOAT DUTY. CURRENT MEDICAL/DENTAL EXAMINATIONS ARE
REQUIRED.
4. FOR LANTAREA ISC (PF)'S: FORWARD NAMES OF APPROVED VOLUNTEERS TO
ISC MIAMI (PF). ISC MIAMI (PF) POC: MR. LARSON, (305) 535-4510/7582.
5. MLCPAC (PF) REQUEST YOU SOLICIT YOUR AOR.
6. INTERNET RELEASE NOT AUTHORIZED.

ADSW-AC Opportunity at the Academy

SUBJ: VOLUNTEER TDY/ADSW-AC SOLICITATION FOR CG ACADEMY: ONE OS1/2 OR
YN1/2
1. SOLICITING FOR ONE ACTIVE DUTY OR RESERVE ONE OS1/2 OR YN1/2
TO REPORT UNDER TDY/ADSW-AC ORDERS TO THE CG ACADEMY, AT NEW LONDON,
CT FROM 16APR07 TO OOA 17AUG07. MBR WILL DIRECT, COORDINATE AND
PROCESS NEW PERSONNEL SECURITY REQUIREMENTS AND ASSIST WITH
ACCESSION OF DCA STUDENTS. THIS IS IN DIRECT SUPPORT OF NEW
REQUIREMENTS UNDER HSPD 12 AND NEW ACCESSION REQUIREMENTS AT CGA.
FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT CWO JAMIE WILSON AT (860) 701-6746.
2. APPLICATION: MEMBERS MUST HAVE COMMAND APPROVAL TO BE SELECTED
FOR ANY ASSIGNMENT. USE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO APPLY:
A. PACAREA PERSONNEL FOLLOW LOCAL SERVICING ISC PROCEDURES.
B. INTERESTED LANTAREA CUTTER PERS W/CMD APPROVAL SUBMIT REQUESTS
DIRECTLY TO MLCA (PF). POCS: CWO2 DALTON/YN2 BENNETT AT
(757)628-4508/4495/FAX 4511.
C. ALL OTHER INTERESTED LANTAREA PERS W/CMD APPROVAL SHALL FORWARD
THEIR APPLICATION TO THE THEIR SERVICING ISC (PF) POC:
ISC MIAMI: BOB LARSON BOB.LARSON(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC BOSTON: YNCM RUDOLPH VINCENT.E.RUDOLPH(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC CLEVELAND: AIDALIS MILLS AIDALIS.MILLS(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC ST. LOUIS: LINDA ROBINSON LINDA.ROBINSON(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC NEW ORLEANS: DR. BOB MCELMOYLE ROBERT.W.MCELMOYLE(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC PORTSMOUTH: CHIEF KENNEDY LYNDA.B.KENNEDY(AT)USCG.MIL
D. MEMBERS MAY APPLY BY COMPLETING THE ATTACHED ONLINE APPLICATION
FROM ANY CG STANDARD WORKSTATION (CGSW):
HTTP://WEBAPPS.MLCA.USCG.MIL/PDIV/FORCEOPS/VOLUNTEERS/DEFAULT.CFM.
MEMBERS WITHOUT CGSW ACCESS MY EMAIL THEIR APPLICATION TO THEIR ISC
(PF) POC IN PARA B. INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFO IN E-MAIL
APPLICATIONS: NAME, EMPLID, RANK, STATUS AD/RES/AUX, GENDER, CONTACT
PHONE NUMBER (WORK AND HOME/CELL), PERMANENT UNIT, UNIT POC, UNIT POC
PHONE AND DESIRED DUTY BASED ON THE SOLICITATION MSG.
3. REQUEST PARENT COMMANDS TO THOROUGHLY SCREEN/PREPARE
VOLUNTEERS FOR AFLOAT DUTY. CURRENT MEDICAL/DENTAL EXAMINATIONS ARE
REQUIRED.
4. FOR LANTAREA ISC (PF)'S: FORWARD NAMES OF APPROVED VOLUNTEERS TO
ISC BOSTON (PF) POC: YNCM RUDOLPH (617) 223-3468.
5. MLC PAC (PF) REQUEST YOU SOLICIT YOUR AOR.
6. CG-1313 REQUEST POST ON WEBSITE. INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

SHORT-TERM ADSW-AC RESERVE SOLICITATION

R 201344Z MAR 07 ZUI ASN-A02079000005
FM COMCOGARD MLC LANT NORFOLK VA//PF//
TO AIG 11938
COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-1313//
INFO COMLANTAREA COGARD PORTSMOUTH VA//ARE//
COGARD INTSUPRTCOM NEW ORLEANS LA//PF//
BT
UNCLAS //N01330//
SUBJ: SHORT-TERM ADSW-AC RESERVE SOLICITATION FOR COMMERCIAL
FISHING VESSEL SAFETY COORDINATORS: E4-E6
1. SOLICITING FOR ONE E4-E6 RESERVIST TO RPT ASAP FOR SIXTY DAYS
UNDER ADSW-AC ORDERS TO SECTOR NEW ORLEANS. REQUIRED TRAINING WILL
BE PROVIDED. MEMBER WILL BE WALKING THE DOCKS PERFORMING DOCKSIDE
CFV EXAMINATIONS. FOR MORE INFO CONTACT MR. DAVID JOHNSON AT
(504)589-4234.
2. APPLICATION: MEMBERS MUST HAVE COMMAND APPROVAL TO BE SELECTED
FOR ANY ASSIGNMENT. USE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO APPLY:
A. PACAREA PERSONNEL FOLLOW SERVICING ISC LOCAL PROCEDURES.
B. INTERESTED LANTAREA CUTTER PERS W/CMD APPROVAL SUBMIT REQUESTS
DIRECTLY TO MLCA (PF). POCS: CWO2 DALTON/YN2 BENNETT AT (757)
628-4508/4495/FAX 4511.
C. ALL OTHER INTERESTED LANTAREA PERS W/CMD APPROVAL SHALL FORWARD
THEIR APPLICATION TO THE THEIR SERVICING ISC (PF) POC:
ISC MIAMI: BOB LARSON BOB.LARSON(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC BOSTON: YNCM RUDOLPH VINCENT.E.RUDOLPH(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC CLEVELAND: AIDALIS MILLS AIDALIS.MILLS(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC ST. LOUIS: LINDA ROBINSON LINDA.ROBINSON(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC NEW ORLEANS: DR. MCELMOYLE ROBERT.W.MCELMOYLE(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC PORTSMOUTH: YNC L. KENNEDY LYNDA.B.KENNEDY(AT)USCG.MIL
D. MEMBERS MAY APPLY BY COMPLETING THE ATTACHED ONLINE
APPLICATION FROM ANY CG STANDARD WORKSTATION (CGSW):
HTTP://WEBAPPS.MLCA.USCG.MIL/PDIV/FORCEOPS/VOLUNTEERS/DEFAULT.CFM.
MEMBERS WITHOUT CGSW ACCESS MY EMAIL THEIR APPLICATION TO THEIR ISC
(PF) POC IN PARA B. INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING INFO IN E-MAIL
APPLICATIONS: NAME, EMPLID, RANK, STATUS AD/RES/AUX, GENDER,
CONTACT PHONE NUMBER (WORK AND HOME/CELL), PERMANENT UNIT, UNIT
POC, UNIT POC PHONE AND DESIRED DUTY BASED ON THE SOLICITATION MSG.
3. FOR LANTAREA ISC (PF)'S: FORWARD NAMES OF APPROVED VOLUNTEERS TO
ISC NOLA FOT/DR. ROBERT MCELMOYLE AT (504) 253-6340.
3. FOR COMDT (CG-1313): INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED, REQUEST YOU
POST ON RESERVE WEBSITE FOR 30 DAYS.
4. MLCA POCS: CWO DALTON/YN2 BENNETT AT (757)628-4508/4495/FAX
4511.
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Monday, March 19, 2007

Large ADSW-AC Solicitation

R 191902Z MAR 07 ZUI ASN-A02078000031
FM COMCOGARD MLC LANT NORFOLK VA//PF//
TO AIG 11938
INFO COMLANTAREA COGARD PORTSMOUTH VA//AP//
COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-1313/CG-3831//
BT
UNCLAS //N01330//
SUBJ: SHORT-TERM ADSW-AC SOLICITATION FOR SAFE PORT ACT SPOT CHECK
INSPECTION PROGRAM: E4-03 AND VARIOUS RATINGS.
A. EMAIL FM RUTH ROSKAM CG-3831 TO CWO R. DALTON MLCLANT PF OF
19MAR07.
1. IAW REF A, SOLICITING FOR RESERVE PERSONNEL (61) E5-03 AND
VARIOUS RATES/RANKS TO RPT UNDER SHORT-TERM ADSW-AC ORDERS UNTIL
30SEP07. THIS SOLICITATION IS IN SUPPORT OF THE SAFE PORT ACT,
WHICH REQUIRES SPOT CHECKS OF MTSA REGULATED FACILITIES. SELECTED
PERSONNEL SHOULD EXPECT ORDERS COMMENCING ASAP.
2. JOB DESCRIPTION: SELECTED RESERVISTS WILL AUGMENT UNIT PERSONNEL
IN CONDUCT FACILITY SECURITY AND SAFETY INSPECTIONS IN SUPPORT OF
COAST GUARD HOMELAND SECURITY MISSION. QUALIFIED PERSONNEL WITH THE
FACILITY INSPECTOR (EU) AND MARITIME SECURITY INSPECTOR FACILITY
(SF) COMPETENCIES AND/OR MSTA ENFORCEMENT PREFERED, HOWEVER NOT
REQUIRED. FOR MORE INFO CONTACT LANTAREA POC: CRAIG CROSS (757)
398-6565, PACAREA POC STEPHEN DANSCUK (510) 437-5839
3. RESERVE ADSW-AC BILLETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING UNITS:
LOCATION RANK/RATE AMOUNT
SECTOR N. NEW ENGLAND E5/E6 1
SECTOR S.E. NEW ENGLAND E5/E6 1
SECTOR LONG ISLAND SOUND E5/E6 1
SECTOR NEW YORK E5/E6 1
SECTOR HAMPTON ROADS E5/E6 1
SECTOR NORTH CAROLINA E5/E6 1
SECTOR SAN JUAN E5/E6 4
SECTOR ST. PETERSBURG E6 3
SECTOR ST. PETERSBURG O3 1
SECTOR MIAMI E4/E5/E6 3
SECTOR MIAMI O2 1
SECTOR JACKSONVILLE E5/E6 1
SECTOR SAVANNAH E5/E6 1
SECTOR CORPUS CHRISTI E5/E6 5
SECTOR HOUSTON/GAL E5/E6 5
SECTOR NEW ORLEANS E5/E6 3
SECTOR OHIO RIVER VALLEY E5/E6 3
SECTOR LMR E5/E6 2
SECTOR UMR E5/E6 2
SECTOR BUFFALO E5/E6 1
SECTOR DETROIT E5/E6 1
SECTOR MILWAUKEE E5/E6 2
SECTOR SAULT STE MARIE E5/E6 1
SECTOR LA-LB MST2 1
SECTOR LA-LB PS2 1
SECTOR SAN FRANCISCO PSC 1
SECTOR PORTLAND MST1 4
SECTOR SEATTLE E5/E6 2
D14 MST2 2
SECTOR ANCHORAGE E4/E6 2
SECTOR JUNEAU E4/E6 2
LANTAREA O3 1
4. APPLICATION: MEMBERS MUST HAVE COMMAND APPROVAL TO BE SELECTED
FOR ANY ASSIGNMENT. USE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO APPLY:
A. VOLUNTEERS SELECTED BY UNITS TO FILL THE FACILITY SPOT CHECK
POSITIONS AT THEIR PERMANENT DRILLING UNIT SHALL FORWARD THE NAMES
TO THE THEIR SERVICING ISC (PF) POC FOR APPROVAL AND FUNDING
REQUEST:
ISC MIAMI: BOB LARSON BOB.LARSON(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC BOSTON: YNCM RUDOLPH VINCENT.E.RUDOLPH(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC CLEVELAND: AIDALIS MILLS AIDALIS.MILLS(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC ST. LOUIS: LINDA ROBINSON LINDA.ROBINSON(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC NEW ORLEANS: DR. MCELMOYLE ROBERT.W.MCELMOYLE(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC PORTSMOUTH: YNC L. KENNEDY LYNDA.B.KENNEDY(AT)USCG.MIL
B. PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO RESERVISTS CURRENTLY ASSIGNED TO THE
UNITS IDENTIFIED IN PARA 3. RESERVISTS REQUESTING TO PERFORM ADSW-
AC ORDERS AT A UNIT OTHER THAN THEIR PERMANENT DRILLING UNIT SHALL
COMPLETE AN APPLICATION AND HAVE COMMAND APPROVAL FORWARD TO THE
POC LISTED IN PARA 4.A VIA CHAIN OF COMMAND. MEMBERS MAY APPLY BY
COMPLETING THE ATTACHED ONLINE APPLICATION FROM ANY CG STANDARD
WORKSTATION (CGSW):
HTTP://WEBAPPS.MLCA.USCG.MIL/PDIV/FORCEOPS/VOLUNTEERS/DEFAULT.CFM.
MEMBERS WITHOUT CGSW ACCESS MAY EMAIL THEIR AN APPLICATION TO THEIR
ISC (PF) POC IN PARA 4.A VIA THEIR CHAIN OF COMMAND. INCLUDE THE
FOLLOWING INFO IN E-MAIL APPLICATIONS: NAME, EMPLID, RANK, STATUS
AD/RES/AUX, GENDER, CONTACT PHONE NUMBER (WORK AND HOME/CELL),
PERMANENT UNIT, UNIT POC, UNIT POC PHONE AND DESIRED DUTY BASED ON
THE SOLICITATION MSG. LANTAREA ISCS SHALL FORWARD VOLUNTEERS
DIRECTLY TO THE SERVICING ISC OF THE SECTOR FOR WHICH THE RESERVIST
REQUESTS TO PERFORM ADSW-AC. IF REQUESTED UNIT IS A PACAREA UNIT,
FORWARD TO MLCLANT (PF) FFA.
C. UNITS SHALL INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING WITH THEIR REQUEST TO BRING A
RESERVIST ON ADSW-AC:
1. NAME OF RESERVIST
2. UNIT RESERVIST ASSIGNED
3. PERIOD
4. ESTIMATE COST FOR PAY AND FICA
5. ESTIMATE PER DIEM COST
D. LANTAREA ISCS SHALL EMAIL THE REQUESTS OF APPROVED VOLUNTEERS
DIRECTLY TO RUTH.A.ROSKAM(AT)USCG.MIL AND CC UNIT POC AND MLCA
(PF). MS ROSKUM WILL PROVIDE TONO/ACCT DATA FOR APPROVED PERSONNEL
5. PACAREA PERSONNEL FOLLOW LOCAL SERVICING ISC PROCEDURES.
5. MLCA (PF) POC: CWO R. DALTON/YN2 L BENNETT (757) 628-4508/4495.
7. MLCPAC (PF) REQUEST YOU SOLICIT YOUR AOR.
8. CG-1313 REQUEST YOU POST ON WEBSITE FOR 60 DAYS. INTERNET
RELEASE AUTHORIZED.
BT
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SHORT-TERM ADSW-AC RESERVE SOLICITATION

R 191906Z MAR 07 ZUI ASN-A02078000032
FM COMCOGARD MLC LANT NORFOLK VA//PF//
TO AIG 11938
COMCOGARD MLC PAC ALAMEDA CA//PF//
COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-1313//
INFO COGARD MARITIME FORCE PROTECTION UNIT KINGS BAY GA
COGARD INTSUPRTCOM MIAMI FL//PF//
COMLANTAREA COGARD PORTSMOUTH VA//ACS/AR/AP/AX//
COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//G-CCS/G-R/G-P/G-X/CG-131//
BT
UNCLAS //N01330//
SUBJ: SHORT-TERM ADSW-AC RESERVE SOLICITATION FOR GUN CREWS NSB
KINGS BAY: EIGHT (PO3-PO1)
1. SOLICITING FOR RESERVE PERSONNEL TO FILL THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS
AT MFPU KINGS BAY, GA THROUGH 30SEP2007. POSSIBILITY OF EXTENSION
THROUGH FY08 EXISTS. SHORT-TERM TDY ORDERS ARE ISSUED FOR
ASSINGMENT TO THE MFPU. ASSIGNED PERSONNEL WILL BE USED AS GUN
CREWS ONBOARD NEW, UNIQUE ESCORT VESSELS AND CAN EXPECT A HIGH
OPTEMPO CONDUCTING UNDERWAY OPERATIONS. MEMBERS MUST BE ABLE TO
PASS BTM PHYSICAL FITNESS TEST UPON ARRIVAL AND BE ABLE TO QUALIFY
WITH ALL WEAPONS. MEMBER MUST BE IN CURRENT OR "GREEN" STATUS IN
ALL MEDICAL/DENTAL DATABANKS, INCLUDING WEIGHT STANDARDS OUTLINED
IN COMDTINST 1020.8E AND BE FIT FOR DUTY. SECRET CLEARANCE OR PROOF
OF ELIGIBILITY FOR SECRET CLEARANCE REQUIRED. FOR MORE INFORMATION
ON THE POSITIONS CONTACT POC IS LT ANGELA CALDWELL AT (OFFICE)
912-573-2492 OR (CELL) 912-222-8144: ANGELA.CALDWELL(AT)NAVY.MIL
GRADE QTY POSITION QUALS/EXPERIENCE
A. PO3-PO1 08 OSV-GUN CREW GUN QUALS UP TO
M60/M-240 PREFERRED
2. APPLICATION: MEMBERS MUST HAVE COMMAND APPROVAL TO BE SELECTED
FOR ANY ASSIGNMENT. USE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO APPLY:
A. PACAREA PERSONNEL FOLLOW SERVICING ISC LOCAL PROCEDURES.
B. INTERESTED LANTAREA CUTTER PERSONNEL W/CMD APPROVAL SUBMIT
REQUESTS DIRECTLY TO MLCA (PF). POCS: CWO2 DALTON/YN2 BENNETT AT
(757) 628-4508/4495/FAX 4511.
C. ALL OTHER INTERESTED LANTAREA PERSONNEL W/CMD APPROVAL SHALL
FORWARD THEIR APPLICATION VIA CHAIN OF COMMAND TO THE THEIR
SERVICING ISC (PF) POC:
ISC MIAMI: BOB LARSON BOB.LARSON(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC BOSTON: YNCM RUDOLPH VINCENT.E.RUDOLPH(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC CLEVELAND: AIDALIS MILLS AIDALIS.MILLS(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC ST. LOUIS: LINDA ROBINSON LINDA.ROBINSON(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC NEW ORLEANS: DR. MCELMOYLE ROBERT.W.MCELMOYLE(AT)USCG.MIL
ISC PORTSMOUTH: YNC L. KENNEDY LYNDA.B.KENNEDY(AT)USCG.MIL
D. MEMBERS MAY APPLY BY COMPLETING THE ATTACHED ONLINE
APPLICATION FROM ANY CG STANDARD WORKSTATION (CGSW):
HTTP://WEBAPPS.MLCA.USCG.MIL/PDIV/FORCEOPS/VOLUNTEERS/DEFAULT.CFM.
MEMBERS WITHOUT CGSW ACCESS MAY EMAIL THEIR APPLICATION TO THERE
ISC (PF) POC IN PARA B, VIA CHAIN OF COMMAND. INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING
INFO IN E-MAIL APPLICATIONS: NAME, EMPLID, RANK, STATUS AD/RES/AUX,
GENDER, CONTACT PHONE NUMBER (WORK AND HOME/CELL), PERMANENT UNIT,
UNIT POC, UNIT POC PHONE AND DESIRED DUTY BASED ON THE SOLICITATION
MSG.
5. FOR LANTAREA ISC(PF)'S: FORWARD NAMES OF APPROVED VOLUNTEERS TO
MLCA(PF).
6. MLC PAC: REQUEST YOU SOLICIT YOUR AOR.
7. FOR CG-1313: INTERNET RELEASE AUTHORIZED.
8. MLCA (PF) POCS: CWO DALTON/YN2 BENNETT 757-628-4508/4495.
BT
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Friday, January 19, 2007

Things a Man Should Know: About Fatherhood

A buddy of mine who's first child was born last year sent me this. Enjoy!


1. Don't worry, your dad didn't know what he was doing, either.
2. No, no--not that Spock!
3. Second thought, maybe you should worry.
4. Never tell anybody that you and your wife are "trying." We really don't need the visual, that's why.
5. Never tell anybody where your child was conceived, how long it took, or what song was playing.
6. Do not name your baby after cities, geographical points of interest, features of the solar system, seasons, plants, animals, or current television stars.
7. Your child, at birth, already has a deeply complicated relationship with his mother, and, for the first year, you are only a curiosity. For a couple of years after that, an amusement-park ride. Then, a referee. And finally, a bank.
8. If you want to subject your son to the unkindest cut, insist on a local anesthetic, since many pediatricians don't bother to use one. The anesthetic is for the kid.
9. Baby gas is lessened with a good nipple connection during feeding, which decreases air intake. Assuring that his lower lip is flipped out, not pursed, helps.
10. There is nothing wrong with thumb-sucking, which helps ease the pain of teething. Nonetheless, it probably ought to stop by kindergarten.
11. Diaper-rash remedy: Expose baby's hydraulics to the air until dry. Soak baby's bottom in tepid water with a half cup baking soda. Then, Balmex. Or Lotrimin. Rediaper.
12. You know how they say you'll get used to diapers? You won't. Unless you wear them a lot.
13. Forcing children to use toilets will make them dislike toilets. Children begin using toilets when they tire of that not-so-fresh feeling. Of course, this is long, way long, after you tire of it.
14. The start of crawling: usually begins between six months and twelve months. Standing: usually between nine and twelve months. Walking: between twelve and fifteen months. The onset of the above, as with all developmental skills, is hugely variable among individual children.
15. Avoid walkers, not only because they can be dangerous around stairs but because they don't require a child to balance and thus retard his walking progress.
16. Reason boys are better: They cannot get pregnant.
17. Reason girls are better: They're less likely to get arrested.
18. The threat of an unknown punishment is always more effective than a stated one.
19. Annals of great punishments: making him wash the car, clean the bathroom, and watch The McLaughlin Group. You see, all great punishments should reduce the number of disagreeable tasks you would otherwise have to perform.
20. Teach by example.
21. Your kids can develop an independent sense of good taste only if they're allowed to make their own mistakes in judgment.
22. Relax: Lots of little boys want a Barbie and a dollhouse.
23. The first time you change your son's diaper and he pees all over you is not an accident. It's foreshadowing.
24. Children of too-strict parents are more likely to develop tics.
25. Let them take reasonable risks: A few scrapes in the long run are nothing compared with the scars left by hovering parents. Or tics. In preparation for risks: a Red Cross first-aid course.
26. The most common cause of fatal injury among kids between five and nine involves cars, which is to say, hold their hands. And buckle them in.
27. Try to tuck them in every night, too.
28. When changing diapers, avoid baby powder, as it can irritate her lungs. When changing diapers, definitely don't avoid the Desitin--spread it thick, like Spackle.
29. It never hurts to videotape the baby-sitter. Especially if she's hot.
30. Never disclose to other parents that you have found a good baby-sitter.
31. Reason boys are better: They cost less, especially their clothes.
32. Reason girls are better: They're less likely to burn, slash, or chew the clothes they have.
33. Overalls are not only cute, they provide a convenient handle.
34. At a certain point, your child will appear to survive exclusively on peanut butter, french fries, Cheerios, and hot dogs.
35. Dropping food on the floor is a new and delightful skill to a one-year-old, not a deliberate attempt to annoy you. However, as small he or she might be, never underestimate an infant's ability to project chewed food over great distances.
36. The single most important thing a father can possess: Wet-Naps.
37. NOW, more than ever, don't move into a place without laundry facilities.
38. Children's hobbies to nip quickly in the bud: drums, archery, matchbook collecting.
39. Beware your child's uncles, who will teach your kid dirty words, introduce him to liquor, and give him gifts of drums, archery sets, and possibly matches.
40. It is, of course, your natural right to exert the above negative influences on your siblings' offspring.
41. You are under no obligation to tell children the truth. Lying to children is, in fact, half the fun: "Oh, that tree? That's a yellow-spotted spickle-gruber, of course." On the other hand, they do remember everything.
42. Sesame Street. (In our case, Wonder Pets)
43. Your bedroom door gets a lock. Your teenage son's does not.
44. Lock or no, please knock before entering, as the disruption of a youth who is spanking his monkey will be twice as traumatic for you as it is for him.
45. Other doors to lock: those on the liquor cabinet.
46. There is only one reason for a teenager to burn incense, and we think you remember what it is.
47. Unfortunately, those books that say motherhood makes women desire more sex are referring to women who are not your wife.
48. No matter how wealthy you are, don't buy your kid a car -- offer to match him. Ditto for other adolescent big-ticket items; teach the little guy some responsibility!
49. The previous statement proving you are your parents. Only -- hopefully -- with better fashion sense.
50. Price of a college education for a baby born in 1999: $200,000.
51. If the real response to his question is no, try this instead: "Go ask your mom."
52. DNA tests are 99.9 percent accurate, but check the ears to be absolutely sure.
53. Reason boys are better: Boys start talking later than girls.
54. Reason girls are better: Boys toilet-train later than girls.
55. The twos aren't always terrible. Even if they are, take heart, as kids aged three to six generally believe their parents are the most amazing beings alive and wish to be exactly like them. How scary is that?
56. Establishing savings accounts for your kids and requiring them to make regular monthly deposits teaches them how to eventually become J. R Morgan. The above could prove useful in your dotage.
57. Corny as it sounds, that Harry Chapin guy was right. Then again, you could argue that W. C. Fields was right, too.
58. It's never too early to begin reading to children.
59. Let them read what they enjoy.
60. Except your porn, which your son will eventually steal unless you hide it really well. No, you cannot ask for it back. Furthermore, you cannot steal his.
61. Acceptable reading material: Dr. Seuss, Where the Wild Things Are, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Curious George, and any of the following by Roald Dahl -- James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Danny the Champion of the World. Neither of the following by Roald Dahl: Kiss, kiss or Switch Bitch.
62. Know that by the time your kids are teens, those enormous baggy pants will be long gone, as will tattoos, piercing, and Marilyn Manson. Of course, by 2015, kids might very well sever arms and legs as fashion statements.
63. Some parents walk around naked in front of their children. These parents should stop it.
64. Nearly all psychological problems result from feelings of worthlessness, which is to say, every now and then make sure that you tell your kid he's pretty great.
65. And never raise a hand to him. But being a good guy, you probably knew that.
66. The harder they play, the earlier they sleep.
67. Never turn down an invitation to play.
68. No toys that require batteries.
69. They never really outgrow the claw. "No, Dad, no! Not the claw!" means "Apply the claw, please."
70. All in all, fatherhood is pretty terrific -- filled with joy and triumph, promise and miracles -- particularly other people's fatherhood.
71. You might think you know a lot about fatherhood, but not as much as you will when you're a grandfather.
72. If you're thinking that fatherhood means the end of life as you've known it, you, sir, are, of course, absolutely correct.