Precision, pressure, intensity, challenge. These are just a few words that describe what it’s like to participate in the Adjutant General’s Marksmanship Match, also known as the TAG Match.
The Kuskokwim River seasonal patrols are traditionally the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory’s most challenging and exciting trips. Our trackline takes us to the furthest extent of any United States federally marked waterway and presents us with a landscape that can truly be described as “the last real frontier.”
As we honor our nation’s law enforcement officers during National Police Week, May 15-21, we are highlighting the Coast Guard’s very own police officers here in Kodiak, Alaska.
Helping others is something that’s ingrained in all that wear the Coast Guard uniform. For many, it’s the very reason for joining the service and is the most fundamental condition of the job. On an early Tuesday morning, Petty Officer […]
Crewmembers from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, had the opportunity to conduct training at the Army’s firearms simulator at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Although Coast Guard members participate in similar training upon joining the Coast Guard, most units solely use live-fire ranges to practice and qualify as marksmen.
Coast Guard members from throughout Alaska arrived to the 17th District offices in Juneau for a conference to discuss leadership, issues and concerns facing women in the service March 24.
Small boat pursuit training allows the coxswain and crew members of a small boat to work together in a close quarters situation with another boat at high speeds where extreme precision and teamwork are crucial. This simulates a vessel that is not following a lawful order to stop and trains the crew members in tactics to pursue and stop the vessel. Smallboat crews from the Munro spent time in the classroom before taking their smallboats in the water around Dutch Harbor to gain valuable hands-on experience.
While ice rescue training is not unfamiliar to Coast Guard members in cold climates like Alaska, incorporating air rescue added a new element for these crews. Members from Air Station Kodiak, Sector Anchorage and the National Ice Rescue School in Essexville, Michigan, teamed up to perform ice rescues from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at Upper 6 Mile Lake on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. For the participating members it was an experience that brought new elements into their normal training evolutions.
Coast Guard law enforcement teams are trained in federal fisheries laws and inspect vessels to ensure compliance with fishing seasons, permit requirements, gear and catch restrictions, and landing quotas. While conducting this important maritime law enforcement mission in Chiniak and Marmot Bays near Kodiak, a boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR recently discovered a pair of lingcod peeking out from under a tarp on the back deck of a vessel the team was inspecting.
When seven-year-old Sam Fredrickson plunged into the water during a hunting trip with his father, Walter Washington Sr., and a family friend, near Angoon, Alaska, it was Sam’s quick thinking and use of boating safety equipment that ultimately saved their lives.