Members of CEU Juneau pose for a group photo commemorating 25 years of service to Alaska.

Unit Spotlight: Civil Engineering Unit Juneau

The need for engineering support in The Last Frontier was first established when the U.S. Lighthouse Service was incorporated into the United States Coast Guard in 1939. Twelve operating light stations in the Southeast represented prominent infrastructure in the settlement […]


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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!


Members of the Canadian Coast Guard deliver medical supplies to a temporary medical treatment facility set up as part of Arctic Chinook in Kotzebue, Alaska, Aug. 24, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning.

Arctic Chinook 2016

There are “uncharted waters,” and there are uncharted waters up through the Northwest Passage. At the intersection of geography and interests, the Arctic represents a light flashing yellow to increased levels of human activity. A danger foreseen is half-avoided, goes […]


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 […]


An optical phenomenon known as a sun dog or halo, which is produced by light interacting with suspended ice crystals in the atmosphere, appears off Coast Guard Cutter Healy’s port bow at the North Pole Sept. 5, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

At True North’s End

As Healy’s crew and science party now turn their gaze southward, they can sail proudly knowing each did their part to successfully push their cutter to the furthest regions of the Arctic. While much science remains to be conducted on the return route to Dutch Harbor, an historic milestone was reached by these 145 souls, and the memory of a formidable goal achieved will be carried with them for all time, wherever they may go.


Petty Officer 3rd Class James Abel, an avionics electrical technician from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, prepares to deploy an oceanic data-collecting probe over the Arctic Circle. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Steenson.

90 degrees North

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.


Container Feat

Safe to ship

To the casual spectator, there might not appear to be anything wrong with this particular container. These three know better. Their search focuses especially on the load-bearing sections of the giant box. The frames there are made to withstand an incredible amount of weight, so any kind of deterioration can mean a bad day at sea.


The Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks through ice in the Arctic circle, July 14, 2015. This image was taken by an Aerostat, a self-contained, compact platform that can deploy multiple sensor payloads and other devices into the air. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Arctic research underway aboard CGC Healy

Science is officially in full swing aboard the CGC Healy and research operations are now underway. Personnel from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center are aboard the Healy again this summer to test and evaluate technologies for Coast Guard use in the Arctic. This year, the focus of the research is on a significant Coast Guard mission: search and rescue.


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Coast Guard initiates Arctic Shield 2015

Since 2007, the Coast Guard has purposefully expanded its reach into the Arctic. Arctic Shield consolidates Coast Guard Arctic missions including a year-round focus on educational outreach and improving community, tribal, local and state government relationships. Arctic Shield 2015, which kicked off in June, consists of comprehensive Coast Guard operations to protect the Arctic maritime community.


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