Petty Officer 3rd Class Qurina Moss, a health services technician, poses for a photo at the medical clinic located on Base Kodiak, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

African-American History Month: HS3 Qarina Moss

Celebrating African-American History Month in the Coast Guard means to me that the Coast Guard acknowledges the hard work and success of the people of the African-American culture.


Coast Guard recruiting poster from the 1970's.  U.S. Coast Guard photo.

African-American Heroes of Alaska’s Coast Guard

The history of African-Americans within the Coast Guard extends more than 130 years and spans every ocean across the globe, and that includes the Arctic and Pacific waters off the coast of Alaska. Black Coast Guard men and women have sailed the freezing seas and soared through the howling, northern skies since Alaska’s earliest days as a U.S. territory, many of them going on to leave an indelible mark on the service and strengthening the proud legacy of African-American heroes to the nation.


Coast Guard Rear Adm. Dan Abel, 17th District commander, and Comodore Mark SImoni, National Commodore of the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary, swear Auxiliarist Bruce Jones in as the 30th Commodore of the 17th District during the District 17 Auxiliary Awards Banquet in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 15, 2015.  Jones joined the Auxiliary in 2006 and is a charter member of the Petersburg Flotilla.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

17th District Coast Guard Auxiliary names new Commodore

The Coast Guard Auxiliary has long been a valuable resource for the Coast Guard. The contributions of the volunteers who make up the Auxiliary tremendously enhance the Coast Guard’s service and, every year, members from the 17th District Coast Guard Auxiliary gather to honor the accomplishments of their own during an awards banquet in Anchorage, Alaska. At this year’s event, however, they had another reason to celebrate; the naming of a new 17th District Coast Guard Auxiliary Commodore.


Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Harwell displays a commemorative plate given awarded to him by the Armed Forces YMCA of Alaska during a ceremony honoring his nomination as the U.S. Coast Guard's 17th District 2014 Reserve Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 13, 2014. Harwell was nominated for his role in enforcement operations at Sector Anchorage while balancing a career with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration as a fisheries agent. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Sector Anchorage, Alaska, Reserve Petty Officer named USCG 17th District 2014 Reserve Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year

The Coast Guard 17th District 2013 Reserve Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year is Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph Harwell, a Panama City, Fla., native serving as a maritime enforcement specialist at Sector Anchorage, Alaska.


Petty Officer 1st Class Brent Taylor displays a commemorative plate given awarded to him by the Armed Forces YMCA of Alaska during a ceremony honoring his nomination as the U.S. Coast Guard's 17th District 2014 Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 13, 2015. Taylor was nominated for his many accomplishments aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and his many contributions to the Kodiak community. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

CGC Alex Haley crewmember named USCG 17th District Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year

The Coast Guard 17th District 2014 Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year is Petty Officer 1st Class Brent Taylor, a Louisiana native, serves as an electronics technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley homeported in Kodiak, Alaska.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Griffith

African American History Month: OS2 Kenneth Griffith

For U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Griffith, an operations specialist with the Navy Liaison Office at Coast Guard 17th District in Juneau, Alaska, African American History Month can be summed up in one word: legacy.


Chief Petty Officer Spencer Wilson pauses for a photo by Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley in Kodiak, Alaska, Feb. 13, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

African American History Month: DCC Spencer Wilson

African American History Month is an annual celebration in February to recognize the achievements and central role by African Americans in U.S. history. In honor of Black History month, five members of Coast Guard 17th District will be featured throughout the month. The first installment features Chief Petty Officer Spencer Wilson, a damage controlman stationed aboard Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley in Kodiak, Alaska.


OUZINKIE FEATURE

Making connections with Ouzinkie community

SPAR regularly visits local villages in her area of responsibility to gather information on local needs and in support of Coast Guard District Seventeen’s goal of remaining connected to the communities they serve.


A potrait of Auxiliarist George Eischens. Eischens has been a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary for over 40 years. U.S. Coast Guard graphic.

Four decades of dedication

To volunteer your time for 40 consecutive years takes dedication. And in the realm of the Coast Guard Auxiliary this means countless hours assisting in rescues, helping at local Coast Guard units and providing life saving training and safety checks to the public.


Shag Rocks Feature

Teamwork on Shag Rocks Beacon

The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR set sail Sunday, January 26, in a joint effort with Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak to rebuild Shag Rocks day beacon, a fixed aid to navigation located in Whale Pass that had been knocked over by strong winds, currents and debris. Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff Emery, a boatswain’s mate, Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Stocks, a damage controlman, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Bryan Adams, an electronics technician, of ANT Kodiak sailed with the SPAR to Whale Pass in northern Kodiak to lead the rebuild. The SPAR crew supplied the transportation and additional manpower.


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