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The U.S. Coast Guard Ceremonial Honor Guard Silent Drill Team performs rifle acrobatics at the second annual Coast Guard Festival in Alameda on July 4. In celebration of Independence Day, local Coast Guard units participated in Alameda’s annual Fourth of July parade and Coast Guard Festival, showcasing the service’s heritage and role in the community. Local Coast Guard units traveled the parade route — one of the longest in the nation at 3.3 miles — and continued to Alameda Point for the festival.

On Saturday, April 2, the United States Coast Guard will honor the military service of all women of all eras. An honor guard from the Oakland Military Institute will welcome the guests. Women veterans from the Yountville Home, some of whom served in World War II, will attend.

Mary King, vice president of human resources at Pacific Gas and Electric and West Point graduate; and Chief Warrant Officer Beth Slade, commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Golden Gate, will make presentations. A complimentary luncheon for all women service members will follow. 

More than $181 million in cocaine largest haul in history

On July 18 the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, whose home port is Coast Guard Island, seized a self-propelled semi-submersible vessel carrying more than 16,000 pounds of cocaine — 275 bales worth more than $181 million wholesale. The crew also apprehended four suspected smugglers. A U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft detected the 40-foot vessel in the Pacific Ocean more than 200-miles south of Mexico.

Members of the Coast Guard Base Alameda color guard present colors during the national anthem at a change of command ceremony on Coast Guard Island last Thursday. In the ceremony, Rear Adm. Joseph A. Servidio assumed command of the 11th Coast Guard District from Rear Adm. Karl L. Schultz.

On Tuesday Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray relieved Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft as Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Forces West, in a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Island. Ray was promoted to vice admiral prior to the ceremony. Zukunft has served as the Pacific Area Commander since April 2012, and is awaiting Senate confirmation to serve as the Coast Guard Commandant in Washington, D.C.