Coast Guard, Kotzebue Fire Department train for ice rescue

Of Ice and Men

The Robert Burns quote, “the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” has never held more true than it does on a body of frozen water. All it takes is one foul step, one patch of too-thin ice, […]


Members of U.S. Coast Guard Station Valdez conduct a search and rescue mission during exercise Alaska Shield 14 here, March 29, 2014. Alaska Shield 14 is an exercise that involves state, federal, military, and local agencies, designed to test response and coordination efforts during a disaster and is modeled after the 1964 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that devastated much of South Central Alaska including the city of Valdez. U.S. Army photo by Spc. True Thao.

Coast Guardsmen live, work in the snowiest city in America

The city of Valdez, Alaska, is so small one can walk from end to end in about 15 minutes. With the backdrop of the majestic Chugach Mountains, Valdez is touted the snowiest city in America by NOAA and The Weather […]


Members of the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, Incident Management Team for the Alaska Shield 2014 exercise examine data during a morning meeting March 31, 2014. The Sector Anchorage IMT responded to challenges created by a simulated 9.2 magnitude earthquake during the training exercise. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage participates in Alaska Shield 2014 disaster response exercise

    Coast Guard personnel took their positions and a dozen computer screens flickered to life as reports of a massive earthquake and tsunamis began to trickle in from throughout Alaska. For seven days Sector Anchorage personnel making up an […]


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Dogs vs. Coast Guardsmen in an all out race to the finish

  In remote or geographically isolated regions of Alaska like Kodiak getting out and finding physical outdoor activities can be a challenge, especially for those not naturally outward bound-minded. These outdoor excursions can be especially difficult when paired with winter […]


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Coast Guard aircrew recognized for 2013 Southeast Alaska rescue

Coast Guard helicopter crews train constantly to perform difficult search and rescue missions that are a part of their daily lives. From extensive, days-long searches, to gripping rescue operations during medical emergencies at sea, nothing is quite routine for our […]


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Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returns home after lengthy Bering Sea patrol

  The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returned to their homeport in Kodiak Wednesday after completing training and inspections in Washington and a lengthy patrol to provide a search and rescue and law enforcement resource for the domestic […]


Lt. Cmdr. Michelle Schallip, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, a 225-foot buoy tender moored in Kodiak, Alaska, stands next to the bulkhead of the ship commemorating the SPARs, a group of women who volunteered in the Coast Guard in WWII to support the war effort, in Kodiak, Alaska, March 18, 2014. This is Schallip,Äôs fourth afloat tour in the Coast Guard and second tour as a commanding officer. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Coast Guard women in pursuit of discovery, exploration and sailing on the open seas

March marks the month that the Coast Guard recognizes women of character who dedicate their time to the service. One such woman, Lt. Cmdr. Michele Schallip, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, a 225-foot buoy tender in Kodiak, […]


Coast Guard teaches water safety in Kaktovik, Alaska

Shaking off the ice: Coast Guard begins Arctic Shield 2014 outreach

The Coast Guard 17th District officially ended Arctic Shield 2013 five months ago and settled in for a long Alaskan winter. As traffic through the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean ground to a halt with the encroaching ice, Coast Guard […]


Lt. Jeanine Menze, an HC-130 Hercules airplane pilot, takes a moment for a photo at Air Station Kodiak in Kodiak, Alaska, Jan. 25, 2013. Menze is recognized as the first black female pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Breaking barriers and becoming the change for women in Coast Guard aviation

March is women’s history month – it’s a month to commemorate women of character who have made an impact on our society; women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton for her role in women’s rights and abolition, or aviation pioneers like Amelia […]


Coast Guard Lt. Eva McElroy, a marine inspector for Sector Anchorage, Alaska, tests the alarm and communications systems aboard the cargo vessel Crimson Monarch with Preed Mohensingh, second officer aboard the vessel, during an examination in Seward March 5, 2014. Coast Guard marine inspectors work with crews to ensure safety equipment and procedures run smoothly in order to prevent accidents. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Preventing loss, providing inspiration

  Aboard a cargo vessel bound for Chile in the port of Seward, Alaska, a Coast Guard vessel examination team conducts a routine evaluation of the ship’s safety and required documentation. It’s an important mission that protects lives and property […]


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