Television personality Chris Matthews loves to end his weekly syndicated show by asking his panel of journalists to "Tell me something I don't know [about a specific topic, usually from the world of politics]." To complement the 2008 Proceedings Coast Guard edition, we present a wide range of highlights and factoids that would not normally make it into a traditional service "year-in-review" article (see the May 2008 issue). Following are some things you may not know about America's smallest armed service:
• Lieutenant Commander Chris Kluckhuhn, the innovations and process improvement officer at the First Coast Guard District in Boston, was awarded the American Red Cross Adult Good Samaritan Hero Award on 7 March for pulling two people from a burning car and then extinguishing the fire. Kluckhuhn climbed through the back door of the vehicle and, with the help of another Good Samaritan, carried the two unconscious victims to safety.