>At sea, 10-12 Oct 2008


From Cmdr. Andy Sugimoto, Coast Guard Cutter ACUSHNET (WMEC 167) Commanding Officer

We survived the storm and are currently in the Bering Sea. Over the past several days, we helped locate an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) and conducted several more boardings. The EPIRB is a device that is designed to float free from a vessel when it is sinking and immediately begin transmitting a signal to a constellation of satellites which are monitored by the U.S. Coast Guard. We are then able to use a radio direction finder to locate the beacon and respond. Many times in heavy weather, they are washed over the side and begin transmitting. The CG helicopter and ACUSHNET searched the area but did not find anyone in distress.

GM1 Brandon Kittrell is one of ACUSHNET’s jack of all trades. He is in charge of the ship’s weapons and ammunition, stands quartermaster of the watch (helps navigate), conducts Law Enforcement training, is a Boarding Officer and a leader among the crew. GM1 Kittrell hails from Nacogdoches, Texas and is married to Bethannie. They have a baby daughter, Kylie.