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Visiting the Coast Guard Station in Hampton Bays

Kidsday reporters Robbie Urban, left, and Roman Berg

Kidsday reporters Robbie Urban, left, and Roman Berg outside the U.S. Coast Guard station in Hampton Bays. Photo Credit: Jennifer Kast

The U.S. Coast Guard is the “armed force of the water.” They protect and serve our community. The Coast Guard helps people in the water whether their boats break down or they are drowning.

The coast guard’s official history started Aug. 4, 1790, when President George Washington signed the Tariff Act, according to the Coast Guard’s website. The act approved construction of 10 vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws and prevent smuggling. The Coast Guard is one of the oldest organizations of the federal government. Before 1798 it served as the nation’s only armed force afloat. President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the transfer of the Lighthouse Service to the Coast Guard in 1939.

We met with four members of the Coast Guard, Sage Mauk, Elizabeth Allen, Bob Goldstein and Alex Hamad, while they were stationed at their offices in Hampton Bays. We asked them about their jobs:

We asked them what they enjoyed about their jobs and Sage told us he likes helping people and learning new things, but most of all, he likes the job because it is important to save lives.

They go on many different assignments, so we wanted to know what was the most memorable. Sage told us that he was deployed in Florida and 12 people were in the water and their boat broke.

Alex told us about training to be a member of the Coast Guard. He said you have to go to basic training or boot camp. You have to learn basic skills, acts in the military, train to operate boats, etc. He told us that the easiest part of training was falling asleep (they were exhausted from all their hard work) and the hardest part was staying awake!

Alex told us the reason he choose to work at the Coast Guard. It was great law enforcement. It teaches you how to work hard and you get to save lives.

You can find out even more about the Coast Guard by visiting them online at gocoastguard.com

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