Members of Juneau, Alaska, area Coast Guard attempt to stay afloat using special techniques during Kids Don’t Float instructor training Nov. 16, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon-Paul Rios

Saving lives across generations

The water was a balmy 80 degrees and calm. A wave rippled across its surface as a small, orange boat sank to the waterline. The four people aboard quickly exited the boat into the water. A voice overhead was instructing them to “conserve energy and float nearby.”


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Through the Lens: Alaska Village Student Outreach

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.


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Keeping Nome like no other place

As maritime traffic increases in the Arctic, the dangers of an oil spill creep closer to the “Anvil City.” For the Northwest Arctic Sub Area Committee, the top of the agenda is keeping Nome like no other place.


CGC SPAR community relations.

Taking community relations to the “the Last Frontier”

Coast Guard Cutter SPAR recently deployed to the Arctic and Bering Sea in support of Operation Arctic Shield 2016. During the patrol, the cutter had the opportunity to carry out an often overlooked role of the Coast Guard in Alaska, community relations. It’s nearly impossible for those raised in the lower 48, where even the most rural areas are connected by highway and railroad to major cities and centers of production, to fully understand what life is like in remote Alaskan communities. The SPAR’s participation in this unique community relations role helped link these remote regions of “the Last Frontier” to the rest of the nation. Read the full story!


(Left to right) Mike Abbate, Gold Medal Awards head judge and Director of Portland Parks and Recreation, Rachael Dyer, Community Support Branch 1 Chief, Base Kodiak, Rick Carma, Base Kodiak MWR director, Linda Pena, Base Kodiak Business Branch Chief and Mike Shindler, Musco Lighting, the sponsor of the National Gold Medal Awards.

Base Kodiak MWR: Gold Medal in Excellence

Coast Guard Base Kodiak’s Morale, Well-Being and Recreation Division is the recipient of the 2016 National Gold Medal Award for excellence in the field of Park and Recreation Management by the National Recreation and Park Association and became the first Coast Guard unit to ever be selected as the grand award winner.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Hali Lombardi, a crewmember of Coast Guard Station Valdez, stands with her dog Chloe next to the 45-foot Response Boat-Medium at the station's boat dock in Valdez Harbor, Alaska, Sept. 14, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough.

Shipmate of the Week: Petty Officer 2nd Class Hali Lombardi

Petty Officer 2nd Class Hali Lombardi, a boatswain’s mate at Coast Guard Station Valdez, Alaska, passed her crew member check ride on the station’s 45-foot Response Boat-Medium earlier this week. Although she reported to Alaska only two months ago, this is […]


A member of Alaska Chadux Corporation displays stacks of boom used to contain spilled oil to an assembly of Bethel, Alaska community members, Aug. 1, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Bringing it to Bethel: Oil spill response training in Western Alaska

Story and photos provided by Lt. James Daugherty, Prevention, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Coast Guard Sector Anchorage teamed up with members of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to bring oil spill response training to […]


Crewmembers from Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore work on an aid to navigation buoy during an Arctic deployment, Oct. 8, 2015. During the patrol, the crew strengthened Arctic partnerships in the Yakutata, Hooper Bay and Point Hope villages, serviced aids to navigation beyond their normal area of responsibility and provided a Coast Guard presence in the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Coast Guard Foundation Alaska Award: Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore received the Coast Guard Foundation Alaska Award at the Alaska Coast Guard Foundation Dinner in Anchorage, Alaska, Aug. 10, 2016. Cmdr. James Jarnac, Chief Warrant Officer Joshua Clegg, Chief Warrant Officer Jason Scott and Seaman Tyrell Miranda received the award on behalf of the Sycamore crew.


The Coast Guard Cutter Hickory is a multi-mission cutter which includes: aids to navigation, search and rescue, maritime law enforcement, marine environmental protection and homeland security.

To the other side of the globe and back: The Seasonal Kuskokwim Patrol of the CGC Hickory

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.”


Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarabeth Duke and Petty Officer 3rd Class Hamilton Cleverdon sit with students after a Kids Don't Float demonstration at Diomede School in Little Diomede, Alaska, February 19, 2016. Kids Don't Float is a Coast Guard and Alaska Office of Boating Safety program that teaches children about safety on the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Kids Don’t Float teaches children lessons for life

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.


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