Coast Guard Group South Portland Division

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Leadership in Emergency Management 19-25 JUL, 2015

<![CDATA[FEMAThe Leadership in Emergency Management is a week-long training at Sector Northern New England Coast Guard Station in South Portland, Maine, where cadets have the opportunity to become certified in emergency preparation. ICS-100 (Introduction to Incident Command System), ICS-200 (Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents), ICS-700 (National Incident Management System) and the required classroom ICS-300 (Intermediate Incident Command System) with a mock event at the end of the week.

Sea Bag Check List

Please review the PDF linked below:
Leadership in Emergency Management Training Information Sheet

Training Prerequisites:

Each cadet will be required to complete ICS-100, ICS-200 and ICS-700 *prior* to arrival for training. Links and descriptions may be found below. Please note Independent Study Exams now require a FEMA Student Identification (SID) Number. If you do not yet have a SID, register for one today: For each course listed, you will need to click “TAKE THIS COURSE” as well as “TAKE FINAL EXAM ONLINE”. Please forward copies of the completions to LCdr Forbes at

IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100

ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Link to course:

IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents

ICS 200 is designed to enable personnel to operate efficiently during an incident or event within the Incident Command System (ICS). ICS-200 provides training on and resources for personnel who are likely to assume a supervisory position within the ICS.
The Emergency Management Institute developed ts ICS courses collaboratively with:

  • National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • United State Fire Administration’s National Fire Programs Branch

Link to course:

IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction

This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.

Link to course:]]>

Advanced Coast Guard Training – 17-23JUL2016

<![CDATA[Coast Guard Sector Northern New England is offering a one of a kind training opportunity for 15 Sea Cadets.  This sector conducts all 11 of the Coast Guard’s missions and they have set up a training that will cover all of these missions:

  • HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste & Emergency Operation Response) training
  • Safety Training
  • Lifesaving equipment
  • Distress signaling and emergency communication
  • Marine Inspection & Small passenger vessel inspection
  • Incident management
  • Hazardous material response
  • Theory, strategies and practices for oil spill response
  • Maritime law enforcement
  • Basic seamanship and small boat operations
  • Aid to Navigation (ATON)
  • Vessel stability and damage control
  • USCGC SHACKLE (65’ multi-mission cutter capable of ice breaking)
  • Other underway opportunities as available (day trips/missions only)

This is a great opportunity to really understand what the Coast Guard is all about!

Sea Bag Check List

For more information on this advanced training, please download the information sheet.]]>

2014 Annual Dining Out Information

<![CDATA[The Annual Dining Out has been scheduled for December 6th, 2014, at 6PM. This year is a bit USNSCC Crestdifferent than the past with us seeking corporate and private sponsorships, as well as donations for a silent auction! We, as a unit subsist solely on the dues paid, and donations. Many of those donations come from local veteran organizations, such as the Military Officers Association of America, the American Legion, the VFW, etc., but we constantly seek others that understand the values we instill in our youth today will serve them as our future leaders tomorrow.

If you are interested in donating, or sponsoring, we’d love to have you join us at the dinner, to see what it is that you or your organization are helping us do. See this Invite with Sponsorship.

If you know someone that could be influential somehow in the success of our program, please forward their information to us at the contact information below. We may ask you to extend that person (or people) an Invite.

If you or someone you know are willing to host, sponsor, and/or donate to the dining out, please feel free to contact me at 208.390.4452 or All donations and gifts in-kind are appreciated and considered tax deductible.

Checks are payable to “CG Group Portland Division” and may be mailed to:
CG Group Portland Division
c/o Amanda Haines
1 E. Grand Ave, #211
Old Orchard Beach, ME 04064

A suggested fundraising letter is forthcoming. Furthermore, cadets have been approved to wear their dress blues when accompanying parents to solicit donations for the event. (Any time spent fundraising by the cadet will count towards their community service hours.)

Please call or email if you are able to help. Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact LCDR Forbes or myself.

Amanda Haines


What did you do this weekend?

<![CDATA[You know how sometimes when you pick up your cadet after a weekend, if you miss the Commander's wrap up, you ask your son or daughter what they did? So many times, they respond with "oh, nothing" or "the usual". This weekend, beyond a shadow of a doubt, you get to respond with "BALONEY!"

This weekend, we had the opportunity to spend a day with some some amazing crew members of the Zumwalt (and a lone, brave, Coastie!) to learn a number of things: take-downs, securing prisoners, use of a baton to protect yourself,  and room breaches. All that training took place in the morning, and after lunch it culminated in practical application of what they learned, where the Legion Hall became a ship, the crew members played pirates, and the cadets were split into teams. Each team had the opportunity to "take back the ship", securing the "hostiles", while under [Nerf] fire. After each team, they received a "debrief" from the judges, three Chief Petty Officers from the Zumwalt. We put this video together to try and capture some great moments.

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If you wish to download this video, you can do so by right clicking this link and choosing “Save As”.

We had an amazing time, and are incredibly thankful to those that came to teach us new things! We look forward to the opportunities of doing more with the DDG-1000 crew!]]>

2014 Memorial Day Ceremonies and Parade


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October 2013 POD

<![CDATA[Our focus this drill is on leadership training! We'll start with figuring out your Myers-Briggs personality, and then…

Camp Ketcha. On Saturday of drill we will participate in their ropes course focusing on leadership skills. Please bring an extra $20 to cover the cost. Also attached to this email is a mandatory waiver form that MUST be turned in at check-in time for drill. (We are hopeful that the cost of Camp Ketcha will be manageable by all – if this is not possible for your family, please request a scholarship to cover the fee by contacting CO Forbes.

Remember to bring any manuals that you have been working on. For those cadets who attended Recruit Training over the summer and have still not completed their BMR – you will be spending “free” time of drill working on your BMR. (Strong suggestion… get it done before you come!)

Attached are the POD and a waiver that must be returned to participate at Camp Ketcha.

OCT 2013 POD
Mandatory Waiver for Camp Ketcha