If you take mobilizing on a moment’s notice to the unpredictable weather and conditions that are commonplace in the vastness of the Last Frontier, and add that to the Coast Guard’s motto of Always Ready, you get Alaska’s Coast Guard Reserve. It’s during adverse moments of amplified operational conditions reserve members are called upon to provide the Coast Guard with the necessary tools and additional staffing.
Today marks the first day of National Safe Boating Week 2015, a public outreach campaign held annually during the week leading up to Memorial Day weekend. This week is designed to help reduce boating accidents and fatalities by generating awareness on the waterways across the Last Frontier.
The polar bear, in its regal white coat, is as recognizably a part of the Arctic as perhaps any other symbol. It’s a tough creature, evolved very specifically from its southern kinfolk to survive in the world’s harshest environment.
Final voyage from the Last Frontier; Coast Guard Cutter Long Island departs Alaska after 23 years of Coast Guard service
It was a comfortable 48 degrees in Valdez, Alaska, the day the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Long Island departed from their home pier as calm seas and light showers welcomed them into Prince William Sound one last time.
After 23 years of service in the Coast Guard, the Long Island was setting out on its final voyage, a journey from its homeport of the last 12 years to the Coast Guard’s shipyard in Baltimore, Md.
The Coast Guard prides itself for its diverse workforce and that includes honoring the various minorities: African-Americans, Hispanics, women, and in May, the Coast Guard celebrates the many Asian-American Pacific Islanders past and present who have done so much for their country.
Coast Guard members throughout Coast Guard Base Kodiak recently participated in an annual Earth Day cleanup around the base in an effort to support environmental programs and build community activism throughout the base.
Alaska can present many challenges for response agencies in times of crisis, and plans for how to remove or prevent the spread of pollution are becoming increasingly important as the state sees more maritime traffic through its ports and waterways. That’s why the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the city and borough of Sitka came together with several state, local and federal agencies as well as industry members to conduct the 2015 Southeast Alaska Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Full- Scale Exercise in Sitka, Alaska, Apr. 22-23.
On April 20, 2015, the Coast Guard Auxiliary announced the winners of its annual “We Don’t Float” poster contest at the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education. The contest was held to promote boating safety and as a reminder for anyone that takes part in an activity on or around the water the importance of wearing your lifejacket.
It’s only natural that the people of river communities spend a lot of time on, or near, the water, even at an early age. With so many boaters using the frigid, powerful river, its inherent ability to take life contrasts harshly to its life-giving benefits. All over Alaska, waters like the Kuskokwim contribute to one of the highest boating fatality rates in the nation.
Two Alaska-based Coast Guard rescue swimmers are about to embark on a challenging climb of Mt. McKinley as a way to honor the memories of Coast Guard heroes who have been lost in the line of duty. On April 28, Petty Officers Jon Houlberg and Jason McGrath, rescue swimmers stationed at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, are going to ‘Climb to Remember,’ raising money for the Coast Guard Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund along the way.