VIDEO: US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Casts Off for Spring Training Deployment

first_img View post tag: Naval VIDEO: US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Casts Off for Spring Training Deployment Training & Education March 8, 2013 View post tag: Deployment View post tag: Casts View post tag: Eagle View post tag: Cutter View post tag: Video View post tag: off View post tag: USCG View post tag: Guard View post tag: News by topic View post tag: spring Share this article The crew aboard the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is scheduled to depart today, March 8th with Coast Guard officer candidates for a 17-day training deployment. Due to current budget reductions, crewmembers aboard the Eagle will not make a previously scheduled port call to Savannah, Ga., March 15 – 18. The Eagle crew will now stop for logistics only in Charleston, S.C., where the ship will moor and take on supplies and Coast Guard trainees at a government pier.Before departing Charleston, Eagle will take on enlisted students from the Coast Guard boatswain’s mate A-school for the first time. Training together offers mutual benefits to both the officer candidates and enlisted students. The officer candidates will build experience and learn how the ship functions during their first week aboard, and then will utilize that experience to help guide the A-school students assigned to their divisions during the second week of the deployment. Simultaneously, the officer candidates and the enlisted trainees will receive instruction in navigation, deck seamanship, line handling, damage control, medical techniques, and other basic elements of life aboard Coast Guard cutters. “The Coast Guard Academy and the Leadership Development Center are academic institutions with collective missions to ensure the best and complete learning experience for our trainees, and the Eagle is a significant part of that experience,” said Capt. Wes Pulver, Eagle’s commanding officer. “We understand budget reductions are required and we remain committed to our highest priorities in providing academic and training excellence to the future leaders of our service.”The Coast Guard decides upon locations for Eagle training deployments based on ideal weather and sea conditions at different times of the year for students to perform training under challenging circumstances. Trainees are required to handle more than 200 lines and practice marlinspike seamanship to bolster a teamwork ethic as part of their professional development in leadership.The following video brings you a taste of what training on USCG Cutter Eagle looks like, taking you a few months back to 2012 Summer Cruise.The boatswains mate A-school in Yorktown, Va., is the central educational facility where students learn to perform almost any task in connection with deck maintenance, small boat operations, and navigation. Graduates become third class petty officers in the boatswain’s mate rating.At 295 feet in length, the Eagle is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service.Constructed in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and originally commissioned as the Horst Wessel by the German Navy, the United States acquired Eagle as a war reparation following World War II.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 8, 2013; Image: USCG View post tag: Navy View post tag: coast Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle Casts Off for Spring Training Deployment View post tag: US View post tag: Traininglast_img read more

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Reported cure of HIV-infected child generates widespread interest, hope

first_imgThe news that a child in Mississippi has apparently been cured of HIV infection has generated widespread interest and cautious optimism among AIDS researchers. The child—born to an untreated HIV-positive mother—was started on an aggressive combination of anti-AIDS drugs just 30 hours after birth. After about 18 months, the mother stopped giving the child the anti-AIDS drugs, but when the child was examined five months later, no functioning virus was found.If the results hold up to scrutiny, it’s significant, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) professor of the practice of public health Richard Marlink told Voice of America on March 4, 2013.“It’s a big deal to show that, if we really hit the virus hard right at birth, perhaps, for those babies that might be getting infected at that early time in their life, we may be able to eliminate the virus from their system,” said Marlink, executive director of the HSPH AIDS Initiative. He said the impact could be especially great in sub-Saharan Africa, where most of the roughly 300,000 children born with HIV each year live. Not only could the treatment save lives, he said, but “we wouldn’t have to be treating them the rest of their life.”Read the Voice of America article Read Full Storylast_img read more

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