The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and Republic of Korea vessel Sam-Bong conduct a search in the Bering Sea near Chukotka, Russia, Dec. 13, 2014. The Sam-Bong relieved the Alex Haley crew in the search for missing crewmembers from the sunken fishing vessel 501 Oryong. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

International search in the Bering

In a community effort between the Coast Guard, Russian SAR Mission Coordinator, international good Samaritans, South Korean government and the U.S. Air Force, a 4,576 square mile search was conducted for the 60 crewmembers of the capsized South Korean fishing vessel 501 Oryong in the Bering Sea off the coast of the Chukotka in northeast Russia.

A photo 25 years in the making. Coast Guard Aviation Survival Technicians from Air Station Kodiak, Alaska pose for a photo November 21, 2014 to observe the Air Station’s 25th anniversary of the installation of the Helicopter Rescue Swimmer Program. (Right) 2014 U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Auxiliarist Tracey Mertens (Left) 1989 photo by Mario Marini.

25th year anniversary of the Kodiak rescue swimmer

Air Station Kodiak reported ready for rescue swimmer operations in November of 1989. The first operational deployment of a rescue swimmer from Air Station Kodiak was performed on Dec. 7, 1989, in Shelikof Strait. On that day Petty Officer 3rd Class Bill DeCamp was lowered from an H-3 helicopter to an overturned vessel to ensure no survivors were in the immediate area.


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The Last Frontier: 30 years of service

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Petty Officer 3rd Class Keven Narvaez prepares for Thanksgiving.

A taste of home for the holidays

While many Coast Guard members are not able to be at home with their friends and family, units across the country try to bring a taste of the holidays to their shipmates. Petty Officer 3rd Class Keven Narvaez shares with us his experiences as he prepared to share the holidays with his crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley in Kodiak, Alaska.

"The Sector Anchorage incident management division is thankful for having an understanding supervisor with a good sense of humor," - Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Brown, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage incident management division.

Coast Guard members give their thanks…

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Coast Guard members from throughout Sector Anchorage decided to share what they are most thankful for this year…

Master Chief Sean McPhilamy and Capt. Jeffrey Westling presents Jennifer Haleakala a certificate of completion during a Coast Guard ombudsman training course, Sept. 24, 2014, at Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

Honoring our military families in the Coast Guard

November is the Month of the Military Family in which we honor the families that support our troops. In the Coast Guard, a select few military spouses volunteer as ombudsmen to provide knowledge of work life services and referrals for specific services such as doctor referrals, schools, and education and employment opportunities.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Victor De La Mora serves meals aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory in Homer, Alaska, Oct. 23, 2014. De La Mora, a food service specialist aboard the Hickory, was inspired to cook by his family. U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by CGC Hickory.

Cookin’ with Coasties: FS3 Victor De La Mora

A stint in Alaska is like a rite of passage for many Coast Guard members and one of the latest to experience its challenges is Petty Officer 3rd Class Victor De La Mora, a food service specialist aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, homeported in Homer.

FS3 Justin Kennelly prepares Shrimp Etouffee aboard the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR at Base Kodiak, Alaska, Nov. 13, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

Cookin’ with Coasties: FS3 Justin Kennelly

Cooking in a galley can present its challenges. Deciding each recipe to make with the ingredients at hand, prepping numerous components and eventually preparing the actual meal three times a day, there’s a lot that goes into the final product. Now imagine doing all of that in 15-foot seas.

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