Naushon crew

Coast Guard Cutter Naushon dry dock: Back to par excellence

Throughout the year operations and unforgiving seas take a toll on the 110-foot Island-class patrol boat and its 17 crew members. The only break the cutter gets is an overhaul every four years to ensure preventative maintenance requirements are completed.


Lt. Paul Johansen stands in front of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in Alaska.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Paul Johansen

It’s a story that sounds as if it were pulled right from the movies. High winds, rough seas, a rescue helicopter low on fuel and a crew determined to save a life. But the danger was real for the Kodiak, Alaska-based Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew on a mission to save the life of a cargo vessel crewman.


The Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick tests its speed while transiting to Ketchikan, Alaska.

Coast Guard’s newest FRC brings its capabilities to Ketchikan

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick (WPC-1121) is the first fast response cutter to be stationed in Alaska after its crew completed the 6,200-mile journey from the shipyards of Louisiana to reach their homeport in Ketchikan.


Crew of the Coast Guard cutter John McCormick man the rails as they make their way to Ketchikan, Alaska.

From Bayou to Borough, FRC John McCormick comes to Ketchikan

Written by: Ensign Hailey Thompson The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick took quite an adventure leading up to their commissioning in Ketchikan, Alaska, April 12. In Oct. 2016, the crew traveled to the Bollinger Shipyards, in Lockport, […]


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Installing fun for the winter

With just a step outdoors in Homer, Alaska, aka “the end of the road,” hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing and off-road activities provide plenty of good times throughout spring and summer, but come winter, much of Homer’s community will have to find something fun to do indoors.


Crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf transits Alaskan waters.

Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter returns home after living marine resources protection mission in the Bering Sea

ALAMEDA, Calif.—An Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter returned home to Alameda, Tuesday afternoon, after a successful 63-day deployment protecting living marine resources among the fishing fleets in the Bering Sea. The 126-person crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf conducted 26 […]


Coast Guard personnel take a group photo with a seven-person Chinese working group after discussing Operation North Pacific Guard.

Coast Guard hosts seven-person Chinese working group in support of Operation North Pacific Guard

In support of the Unitied Nations resolution to prevent the use of large scale drift net fishing on the high seas, in 1993, the U.S. Coast Guard signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding with the (now) China Coast Guard to […]


A group photo of attendees at the 2017 Juneau Area Women’s Leadership Symposium.

2017 Juneau Area Women’s Leadership Symposium

In honor of Women’s History Month and the many contributions of women throughout American history, the Juneau area Coast Guard held its 2017 Women in Leadership Symposium. The symposium, attended by both men and women, provided an opportunity for Coast Guard members to discuss family life and military life, as well as network.


Emily Sabo is the ombudsman for Marine Safety Unit Valdez, Sector Field Office Valdez and Engineering Service Division Valdez. Mrs. Sabo orchestrated a Coast Guard Welcome Aboard event for newly reported personnel in assignment year 2016 and invited representatives from the Valdez School District, Valdez Parks and Recreation as well as 17th District's Work Life office.

2017 Ombudsmen Appreciation

March 26th marked Ombudsmen Appreciation Day – a day to honor the service of our dedicated Coast Guard ombudsmen. From the largest unit to the smallest, Coast Guard ombudsmen strive to make life easier for Coast Guard members and their families. 2017 is the 30th year of the ombudsman program and the 17th District would like to extend a huge thanks to all of its units’ ombudsmen.


A Station Valdez, Alaska, Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew prepares for a two-boat training evolution in the Port of Valdez, Alaska, Sept. 30, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Unit Spotlight: Station Valdez

Tucked into the Chugach Mountains, Valdez is the northernmost ice-free port in North America, but the Station’s stalwart crew still endures an average yearly snowfall of 326 inches per year to conduct Coast Guard operations.


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