Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. In honor of […]
I originally only wanted to do four years, but I fell in love with this service. Once you’re in and see all the good you do for others, it really makes you proud to be a part of a military service that it is so multi-faceted and ingrains itself in the communities we live in.
I was the first person in my family to join a service other than the Army; My dad went into the Army, my uncles went into the Army. I was looking for another kind of mission.
September is dedicated to preparedness across the United States, and nowhere is that more important than in Alaska. So we’re not messing around! Work through each of these drills if you want to make it through our preparedness boot camp!
Take a flight to the North Pole on an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane, along with scientist from the University of Washington, as they deploy probes to the icey-waters below in an attempt to study the ever changing Arctic.
The 110-foot Island-class patrol boats of Sector Juneau descended upon Ketchikan, Alaska, to participate in this year’s annual Patrol Boat Roundup. Unlike other cutter roundups of the Last Frontier, the focus for the crews of the cutters Liberty, Chandeleur, Naushon and Anacpa was less on competition and more on education and teamwork.
One of Coast Guard Station Juneau’s two 45-foot Response Boats – Medium pulls away from the station’s pier and jets off across the city’s busy little harbor. Petty Officer 1st Class Brett Reilly, the station’s operations officer, test the engines and then lets the boat idle in the rain.
In light of recent groundings in the State of Alaska involving uninspected commercial fishing vessels, owners/operators are reminded to be cognizant of crew fatigue while on watch. Since July 14, 2015 there have been 16 reported commercial fishing vessel groundings across Alaska’s waterways and preliminary investigations have concluded that at least five of the groundings were the result of crew fatigue. During the course of several investigations, masters and crew members admitted to Coast Guard Marine Investigators that they fell asleep at the helm after working long hours for several days.
Maritime operations can open crewmembers up to challenges that compromise their alertness and performance. Exposure to 24/7 fishing vessel operations and restricted sleep opportunities can result in frequent sleep disruptions, increasing contact with fatigue and effective situational awareness. These risk factors can have a negative impact on productivity and crew safety.
On July 17, 2015, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremy Reed, an avionics electrical technician at Air Station Sitka, embarked on his first search and rescue case since joining the Coast Guard in September of 2008. At around 2 pm, Air Station Sitka was notified of a plane crash in the vicinity of Point Couverden, north of Sitka—Flight 202.
Competition has been running rampant in Juneau as Coast Guard buoy tender crewmembers across Alaska and the Pacific Northwest have been participating throughout the week in the 2015 Buoy Tender Roundup. While activities have ranged from chain pull, line throw, tug-of-war and heat-and-beat, there’s one challenge that has a lot of spectators clamoring to attend; the fish cook-off contest.