activated and responded, according to a report in the
Savannah Morning News.
A day later, a second MH-65 aircrew from Savannah
rescued three fishermen after the fishing vessel they
were on caught fire a mile east of St. Catherines Island,
Ga. The crew hoisted the fishermen and transported
them to Air Station Savannah to awaiting emergency
services, according to the Coast Guard.
The Air Station provides search and rescue (SAR)
coverage for 450 miles of shoreline from the northern
border of South Carolina to Melbourne, Fla., and averages
more than 250 SAR cases a year, according to its website.
During the dinner meeting, Council Second Vice
President O.C. Fowler presented a Certificate of
Appreciation to Branch for Air Station Savannah’s outstanding support of the council’s Thanksgiving Dinner
at the Air Station’s Gunny Shack.
Dickinson Presented With Scroll of Honor
Robert Dickinson, president of the Sun Coast, Fla.,
Central Florida Area on March 22 by Area President
Jerry St. Germain. Dickinson is entering his eighth year
as president of the council.
According to a report from St. Germain, “We have
sought leadership for the council but lack volunteers.
Bob generously continues to serve, keeping the Council
active and involved in the mission of NLUS. With his
leadership, they support two units of Navy JROTC, the
Gulf Eagle Division of Sea Cadets, the USCGC Marlin
Dickinson also is spearheading an effort to achieve
recognition as veterans for the many Merchant Mariners
who served valiantly in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts,
during which about 75 of them lost their lives, according
to St. Germain.
“They currently receive no recognition as veterans
and no benefits,” he wrote.
Camden Council, Community Show
Appreciation for MSST
The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and
Security Team (MSST) Kings Bay, Ga., met in early
March with Mayor John Morrissey, members of the
Navy League’s Camden-Kings Bay Council and local
community leaders in St. Marys to celebrate Camden
County’s historic recognition as the country’s first
Coast Guard community.
Morrissey also recognized the crew’s accomplishments during recent deployments for counterdrug
operations in the Caribbean and for their hard work
during the presidential inauguration.
Many towns, municipalities, and cities have been
designated as official Coast Guard cities, according to
the Coast Guard. Camden County, however, became the
first all-encompassing Coast Guard Community during
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Area Port Director Lisa Beth
Brown, left, and Cmdr. Amy Beach, commanding officer of Coast
Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah and captain of the Port, stand
during the Savannah, Ga., Council’s February dinner meeting at Carey
Area President Jerry St. Germain, right, presents a Navy League Scroll of
Honor to Sun Coast, Fla., Council President Robert Dickinson March 22.