Lt. Chelsea Kalil poses for a photo in front of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

Women’s History Month: Ignoring limits

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot Lt. Chelsea Kalil is one of the 15 percent of active duty women in the Coast Guard. Kalil describes what it takes to be a strong leader in the Coast Guard and the woman she admires for pushing the limits and forging a path for women in the Coast Guard.


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CGC Sycamore crew lends a hand in Yakutat

On March 10, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore assisted the community of Yakutat with clearing brush for over three hours to help make way for a new children’s playground.


"Coast Guard Mary" Lekanoff and the crew of Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor, Alaska, gather during one of Lekanoff's many visits to the unit Feb. 17, 2015.  Lekanoff has provided support and warm meals for Coast Guard members in Dutch Harbor since 1973.  U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by MSD Dutch Harbor.

Women’s History Month: “Coast Guard Mary” offers warm food, heart to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Coast Guard

Near the top of the world and 600 miles from any major shipping ports, is the Alaskan town of Unalaska, home to U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor. The seven-man crew of MSD Dutch Harbor is responsible forregulatoryoversightandenforcementofvessel,facilityandwaterwayfederallawsandregulations andmanagessafetyenforcementforthelargestfishingportintheUnitedStates, but they couldn’t do it without a little support. Fortunately for them, they have “Coast Guard Mary.”


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The Last Frontier: Team Sitka

Coming from two completely different worlds, in terms of training and daily operations, it’s the ability to help each other accomplish their missions that make the two units a perfect match. As long as they’re able to safeguard mariners in Southeast Alaska, everyone is happy.


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Women’s History Month: Tomorrow’s Leaders

Included in the five women at Station Juneau are Petty Officer 3rd Class Lacey Miller, a boatswain’s mate, and Fireman Rachel Larson, a member of the engineering department. Both are relatively new members to the service, yet their experience is already shaping who they will become as professionals, and how they can become future leaders of the Coast Guard.


Chief Petty Officer Fabiola Germeille poses for a photo in her officer at Base Kodiak, Alaska, March 9, 2015. Germeille is the assistant service personnel office chief at Base Kodiak and leads 12 petty officers 1,350 records for 29 Coast Guard units. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

Women’s History Month: YNC Fabiola Germeille

Chief Petty Officer Fabiola Germeille celebrates National Women’s History Month by sharing her leadership inspiration and the characteristics it takes to be a successful woman in the military.


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Women’s History Month: Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives

For Latarsha McQueen, celebrating National Women’s History Month is about acceptance and recognition. She enlisted 18 years ago, currently works for Coast Guard Sector Juneau and is a reservist for the Coast Guard 17th District. In that short time she […]


Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Mya Dejakanul, a health service technician at Air Station Sitka, Alaska, stands on the tarmac at Air Station Sitka March 3, 2015.  Dejakanul was named the Coast Guard Clinic Health Service Technician of the Year for her numerous contributions to the Coast Guard and the community of Sitka.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant Devuyst.

Air Station Sitka, Alaska, Petty Officer named 2014 Coast Guard Clinic Health Service Technician of the Year

It’s no secret that the U.S. Coast Guard is devoted to rescuing others from harm but, even within an organization filled with lifesavers, there are those who make the health and well-being of others their number one priority. Every year, the Coast Guard honors a select few members from among its health service technicians for outstanding performance and dedication. This year, the 17th District and Air Station Sitka, Alaska, are proud to say it can count the Coast Guard’s Clinic Health Services Technician of the Year for 2014 from among its own.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Jesse Sanchez pauses for a photo in front of a HC-130 Hercules airplane at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, March 3, 2015. Sanchez, an aviation maintenance technician, was recently awarded the Lt. Robert A. Perchard award for his outstanding work at the air station. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

Perchard Award: July – December 2014

Twice a year, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak recognizes four air station members for their exemplary performance and superior technical, aviation, professional, and leadership abilities with three Lt. Robert A. Perchard Memorial Trophies and one General Service Award.


Pacific Area Commander Vice Adm. Charles W. Ray and 17th District Commander Rear Adm. Dan Abel present the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Medal of Honor award to Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Kreske at Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Alaska, Feb. 18, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

To Define Heroism

What is your definition of heroism? While to some the first definition that comes to mind might be a one-time heroic action, we would like to provide you with a different type of example. Not just a single act in the heat-of-the-moment, but a consistent display of extraordinary heroism. A consistency and perseverance demonstrated in decision-making and problem-solving where an individual, on more than one occasion, moves beyond their training and everyday duties, and applies those skills in the service of others.


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