Former POW Maj. Gen. Ed Mechenbier, USAF, ret., shares leadership perspectives with Chief Warrant Officer David Dixon, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit during an American300 visit to Ketchikan, Alaska, Jan. 20, 2015. Mechenbier overcame being held captive for two years while fighting in North Vietnam and uses his experience to teach Armed Forces members about perseverance. Photo courtesy of American300.

Former POW shares never say die attitude with Alaska Coast Guard

For the third year in a row, American300, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering resiliency among United States Armed Forces members, visited the Coast Guard men and women of Ketchikan, Alaska, and, this year, they brought along someone who knows all about overcoming adversity.

Nicole Helms poses for a photo with children she cares for in her home child care center in Kodiak, Alaska, Coast Guard housing, Jan. 13, 2015.

Providing outside-the-box child care for Coast Guard children

Through the Coast Guard Work-Life program, Coast Guard spouses are offered the opportunity to provide a personal form of child care service, giving military parents peace of mind in how their child is being cared for.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven W. Cantrell speaks to members of Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, during an all-hands, Jan. 9, 2015. Cantrell ended a weeklong tour at the air station after traveling across Alaska, visiting units throughout the state to discuss important topics concerning Coast Guard personnel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker)

The Last Frontier: Senior Enlisted Leadership

Flying into Juneau, Alaska, nearly 3,000 miles from his office in Washington, D.C., Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell got a firsthand taste of Alaska’s winter weather. Buffeted by fierce mountains winds and driving snow, the plane Cantrell rode in from Sitka is denied a chance to land on the frozen runway, and boosts off for a second attempt.

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell presents Master Chief Petty Officer Justin Fitzpatrick with a certificate proclaiming him a Master Cutterman during a ceremony aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit in Ketchikan, Alaska, Jan. 3, 2015. Fitzpatrick became the 41st Coast Guardsman to earn the title after 20 years of serving at sea.  U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by CGC Anthony Petit.

Proving his salt; Master Chief Petty Officer Justin Fitzpatrick named Master Cutterman after 20 years at sea

Master Chief Petty Officer Justin “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, a machinery technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit, was granted the title of Master Cutterman during a modest ceremony aboard the cutter Jan. 3 in Ketchikan after serving 20 of his 21 years in the Coast Guard at sea.


A fresh start in 2015

Anyone who has sailed Alaskan waters can attest that the Last Frontier is not for the faint of heart. It takes a strong crew and a sturdy ship to brave the wind and waves of the 49th state, and the Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur is eager for the challenge.


What are your New Year’s resolutions?

Coast Guard members from around Alaska share their New Year’s resolutions for 2015.

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and Santa Claus join children from Akutan, Alaska, during a visit to the village Dec. 23, 2014. The crew of the CGC Alex Haley delivered Santa along with gifts and charitable donations to the village.  U.S. Coast Guard photo submitted by CGC Alex Haley.

CGC Alex Haley crew shares holiday cheer with Akutan, Alaska

Submitted by Ens. Joel Hill, Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley was excited to participate in the first ever “Angel Tree” with the village of Akutan located in the Aleutian Islands Dec. […]

"I just want world peace," Lt. Eva Mcelroy, Sector Anchorage prevention.

What is your Holiday Wish?

Coast Guard members from Sector Anchorage, Alaska, share good cheer and hopes for the holidays.

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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