SNFS Austin Reed prepares a meal for the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Munro while on patrol in the Bering Sea, Oct. 15, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Cookin’ with Coasties: SNFS Austin Reed

One of the newest crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Munro, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Kodiak, Alaska, is food specialist Austin Reed. A recent graduate of the Coast Guard’s food service specialist “A” school, Reed is just finding out what it’s like to be part of a team aboard a Coast Guard cutter.


LTJG Shaffer Feature

National Hispanic Heritage Month: The Shaffers

During my husbands career I have learned to be very supportive about his decisions on where he wants to go in the Coast Guard. Even though it’s very difficult to move around, get a new job, and make new friends every couple years, it’s been an amazing experience.


Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and city of Unalaska personnel participate in Aleutians PREP Exercise 2014 in Unalaska, Alaska, Sept. 24, 2014. Aleutians PREP Exercise 2014 is a full-scale, government-led, multi-agency exercise designed to evaluate the capabilities of federal, state and local responders. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Response training on the Last Frontier

Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and city of Unalaska personnel participated in Aleutians PREP Exercise 2014 in Unalaska, Alaska, Sept. 24-25, 2014. Aleutians PREP Exercise 2014 is a full-scale, government-led, multi-agency exercise designed to evaluate the capabilities of federal, state and local responders.


Master Chief Petty Officer, David Ozuna, command master chief, Air Station Kodiak, poses for a photo at Base Kodiak, Alaska, Oct. 2, 2014.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: AETCM David Ozuna

I look at the contributions that have been made by Hispanics throughout the years and I’m proud to be part of an organization that celebrates our differences in culture and history.


SK1 Alonzo

National Hispanic Heritage Month: SK1 Jean Alonzo

Being part of the Coast Guard gives me a sense of pride and self accomplishment because not everyone gets the privilege to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard, especially for me because of where I come from. My background being in this organization has exceeded the expectations of my family and friends back home.


CDR Barresi

National Hispanic Heritage Month: CDR John Barresi

When you get to put your feet down in a faraway place, it helps you understand and celebrate diversity. By serving in the Navy and the Coast Guard I’ve had unique opportunities to expand my world views.


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National Hispanic Heritage Month: YN2 Cristina Lamboy

The Coast Guard has taught me the importance of multi-tasking and being able to adapt to change. There has been a lot of difference between the different jobs that I have worked, and adaptation has always been part of it. I’ve learned how to adapt from my personal experiences, and also from the people who work around me.


Petty Officer 1st Class Gus Albaladejo poses for a photo in front of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak C-130 Hercules airplane in Kodiak, Alaska, Sept. 24, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: AMT1 Gus Albaladejo

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, five members of Coast Guard 17th District will be featured Sept. 29 through Oct. 3.


An Air Station Kodiak C-130 during a severe weather conditions in Cold Bay, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Al Bennett.

National PrepareAthon! Day

National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30th, is a national day of action, where schools, places of employment, faith-based and community organizations, colleges and universities are encouraged to focus on specific disasters to their region and increase preparedness for each individual.


Coast Guard Lt. Aaron Renschler from the Sector Anchorage, Alaska, enforcement division dons a protective mask during domestic egress training at Sector Anchorage Sept. 9, 2014. Personnel in the class learned how to properly and quickly use safety equipment in the event of a hazardous material threat. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Preparing for dangerous cargo

As enforcers of America’s maritime laws, Coast Guard boarding teams are typically associated with images of drug and migrant interdiction, monitoring fisheries and boating safety. However, as defenders of U.S. ports and harbors, Coast Guard members must also be prepared to respond to more dire threats to the nation’s security.


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