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May 17, 2009

Hello friends and family!

LTJG Bender says goodbye to the crew.
LTJG Bender says goodbye to the crew.

Since I last wrote, we have been to Dutch Harbor, offloaded science gear, the science party has departed, and we have conducted drills and flight operations. It has been a very busy week! The closer we get to home the busier things get.

On May 11 we held quarters and said good bye to LTJG Bender, LTJG Jacobs, and IT1 Von Kauffman.

The crew was pretty pumped to set foot on land for the first time since April 3. We arrived in Dutch Harbor a day early because we completed our science mission sooner than anticipated after a very successful mission. During our time in Dutch Harbor there was a lot of work to be done. We fueled, conducted small boat training, and offloaded the science gear. The weather was beautiful and we had a little time to relax.

CAPT Sommer welcomes third class cadets to HEALY.
CAPT Sommer welcomes third class cadets to HEALY.

Right before departing Dutch Harbor we held quarters to welcome 5 first class cadets and 5 third class cadets on board. Cadets are students at the Coast Guard Academy studying to become officers in the Coast Guard. During this four year program they spend summers throughout the fleet, gaining experience. SN Lewis, SN Krueger, and SNFS Gomez also joined the ship as new crew members.

On the way out to quarters on May 15 we had a mass casualty drill where several members of the wardroom pretended to fall down the stairs because of a rogue wave. Everyone responded very well to the surprise drill; all injuries were treated quickly. Unfortunately OPS died... his ghost was up and about pretty quickly supervising the operations department, though.

CWO Miller gets treated for her “injuries” by FS3 Tysin Alley during the drill.
CWO Miller gets treated for her “injuries” by FS3 Tysin Alley during the drill.

That evening we conducted flight operations with an HH-60 from Air Station Kodiak. These flight operations assisted with getting many new members qualified and others re-qualified. The rotor wash from an HH-60 can get up to 70 mph. That made the night very fun.

On Saturday May 16 the cadets on board baked pizza and chicken wings for dinner. At Bingo on Saturday night CWO Sean Lyons won a water bottle, FN Brittney Coates won a 20 questions game, MK1 Nicholas Murphy won “The Dark Knight” on DVD, and MST1 Layman won a body pillow. The movie “Taken” was played in the Hangar.

BOSN John Rose and 1/C Luke Carpenter direct the tie down crew during flight operations.
BOSN John Rose and 1/C Luke Carpenter direct the tie down crew during flight operations.

Our next stop is Juneau to pick up friends and family who will be sailing with us back to Seattle. Everyone is very excited to see their loved ones again after a long three months.
Only one weekly update left!

Updating you as we head for home,
Your Public Affairs Officer,

LTJG Tasha Thomas

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