Through the Lens: Alaska Village Student Outreach

Written by Cmdr. Robert Chambers, Base Kodiak’s Personnel Support Department Head.

As part of the Sun’arausqat Katurgwiat (The Young People’s Gathering Place), Coast Guard units from across Team Kodiak hosted youth from villages and communities around Kodiak Island. In partnership with Kodiak Area Native Association and Kodiak’s Transition Age Youth (TAY) Coalition, six students from Old Harbor, Port Lions, Larsen Bay and Chiniak toured Coast Guard units and talked with Coast Guard members about career opportunities in the service.

“This gathering is a great opportunity to welcome students to Kodiak and to our Coast Guard Base. Our members are the best ambassadors to talk about Coast Guard service, the experiences they’ve had in their careers and the opportunities for youth interested in joining,” said Cmdr. Brian Chambers, Base Kodiak’s Personnel Support Department Head, who organized the event.

On November 3rd students toured Base Kodiak’s Rockmore-King Clinic, met with members of Base Kodiak staff and visited Air Station Kodiak. On November 4th, the youth visited Coast Guard Cutter SPAR and the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center. A roundtable discussion was held at the Training Center that included a meeting with the Coast Guard Recruiting Office in Anchorage.

Petty Officer Kindale Olvera (center) and Petty Officer Anthony Castell (right)  discuss career opportunities and family services at Base Kodiak.

Petty Officer Kindale Olvera (center) and Petty Officer Anthony Castell (right) discuss career opportunities and family services at Base Kodiak.

Petty Officer Kindale Olvera  discusses her career in the Coast Guard.

Petty Officer Kindale Olvera discusses her career in the Coast Guard.

Petty Officer Edmond Cumplido discusses careers in Coast Guard aviation at Air Station Kodiak.

Petty Officer Edmond Cumplido discusses careers in Coast Guard aviation at Air Station Kodiak.

Lt. Kevin Riley talks about his experiences as a Coast Guard aviator.

Lt. Kevin Riley talks about his experiences as a Coast Guard aviator.

Lt Kevin Riley talks about his experiences as a Coast Guard aviator.

Lt Kevin Riley talks about his experiences as a Coast Guard aviator.

A student takes an up-close look at a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

A student takes an up-close look at a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

Lt. Kevin Riley leads students on a tour through Air Station Kodiak Hangar 1.

Lt. Kevin Riley leads students on a tour through Air Station Kodiak Hangar 1.

Students conclude their visit the Base Kodiak with a tour of the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center.  Coast Guard members pictured (left to right): Chief Petty Officer George Hoelzel, Recruiting Office Anchorage; HS1 Colleen Walter, Base Kodiak Clinic; Chief Jonathan Palmer, North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center; Chief Petty Officer Erick Noel, North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center.

Students conclude their visit the Base Kodiak with a tour of the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center. Coast Guard members pictured (left to right): Chief Petty Officer George Hoelzel, Recruiting Office Anchorage; HS1 Colleen Walter, Base Kodiak Clinic; Chief Jonathan Palmer, North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center; Chief Petty Officer Erick Noel, North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center.

DC3 Alexander Stopsack shows students the engine room onboard USCGC SPAR (WLB-206).

DC3 Alexander Stopsack shows students the engine room onboard USCGC SPAR (WLB-206).

Students tour the small boat onboard USCGC SPAR (WLB-206).

Students tour the small boat onboard USCGC SPAR (WLB-206).

Students tour the small boat onboard USCGC SPAR (WLB-206) as BM1 Ryan Philips discusses operations. USCGC Alex Haley (WMEC-39) is in the background.

Students tour the small boat onboard USCGC SPAR (WLB-206) as BM1 Ryan Philips discusses operations. USCGC Alex Haley (WMEC-39) is in the background.

Students learn about navigation and seamanship from BM1 Ryan Philips on the bridge of USCGC SPAR (WLB-206).

Students learn about navigation and seamanship from BM1 Ryan Philips on the bridge of USCGC SPAR (WLB-206).

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