Commentary | Aug. 12, 2021

Frontline Focus: Coast Guard Cutter James conducts largest illegal narcotic offload in Coast Guard history worth more than $1.4 billion at Port Everglades, and more.

By Janki Patel, MyCG Writer

Coast Guard Cutter James conducts largest illegal narcotic offload in Coast Guard history worth more than $1.4 billion at Port Everglades, Florida. On August 5, the Coast Guard Cutter James' crew offloaded approximately 59,700 pounds of cocaine and 1,430 pounds of marijuana worth more than $1.4 billion. "Today's offload is a result of our combined efforts of our inter-agency partners and a dedicated international coalition," said Vice Adm. Steven Poulin, commander Atlantic Area. "The Canadian government and Canadian Defence Forces bring an incredible capability in defeating transnational organized crime, and I'm grateful to HMCS Shawinigan to showcase Canada's commitment. Together we will disrupt, defeat and degrade transnational organized crime. We will strengthen our efforts and continue to build collaboration and capability." The drugs were interdicted in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America. Learn more.

Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to downed aircraft near Ketchikan, Alaska. On August 5, the Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers, U. S. Forest Service, and Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad (KVRS) responded to a downed aircraft eight miles northeast of Ketchikan, Alaska. One pilot and five passengers were reportedly aboard the aircraft owned by Southeast Aviation LLC. An emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) registered to a da Havilland Beaver aircraft was activated near the Misty Fjords area at 11:20 a.m. A Temsco Helicopter reported sighting wreckage on a ridgeline in the search area. Learn more. 

Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue six after vessel sinks 60 miles off Chincoteague, Virginia. On August 2, The Coast Guard Cutter Sailfish, an 87-foot patrol boat, was diverted to assist alongside a boatcrew aboard a 47-foot motor life boat launched from Coast Guard Station Chincoteague. “There are so many factors that made this case a success,” said Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Pulliam, Sector Virginia command center chief. “We have a command center staffed by true professionals, who were able to quickly coordinate the rescue of these individuals, and there are amazing people out on the water who do not hesitate when they hear lives are in danger. These mariners were also well-prepared in terms of having the right safety equipment onboard and knowing how to use it.” Learn more

Coast Guard medevacs 57-year-old man suffering from heart complications near Point Loma, California. On August 5, Coast Guard Station San Diego crewmembers medevaced a 57-year-old man who was experiencing heart complications on a cruise ship near Point Loma, California. The Coast Guard dispatched a Station San Diego 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew to transfer the man to shore and coordinated witMHS GENESES QR codeh San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Tactics and Rescue (STAR) Team paramedics to assist. San Diego City Fire Department EMS personnel transported the patient to Sharp Coronado Hospital in stable condition. Learn more

Pacific Area members:  MHS GENESIS “goes-live,” AUGUST 21st as your new Electronic Health Record The new system has features to make patient care easier. Here's what to expect. MHS GENESIS, the Coast Guard’s new electronic health record solution will roll out to the Coast Guard’s 14 clinics and 17 sickbays in the Pacific Area beginning with a “go-live” event on Saturday, August 21, 2021. The effort, which marks the official launch of MHS GENESIS in the Pacific Area, will take place outside of normal business hours allowing all Pacific Wave clinics to participate in the “soft go live” effort and complete patient care scenarios on actual patients. End Users will use MHS GENESIS in functional areas of patient care, laboratory, pharmacy, and dental offices. 

After the go-live, patients assigned to Pacific Area clinics and sickbays can utilize the Patient Portal to gain 24/7 access to personal health information, exchange messages with health care team and many other healthcare-related components.

Access the MHS GENESIS Patient Portal here or scan the QR code to the right. Members needing to access the Patient Portal through non-CAC enabled device (e.g. a smart phone, web browser, personal computer, etc.) can do so by creating a DS Logon. 

For further information on how to register, get an overview of the patient portal, or learn more about the comprehensive benefits of switching to MHS GENSIS, visit the Coast Guard’s MHS GENESIS website.