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 Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot Lt. Chelsea Kalil is one of the 15 percent of active duty women in the Coast Guard. Kalil describes what it takes to be a strong leader in the Coast Guard and the woman she admires for pushing the limits and forging a path for women in the Coast Guard.
The history of African-Americans within the Coast Guard extends more than 130 years and spans every ocean across the globe, and that includes the Arctic and Pacific waters off the coast of Alaska. Black Coast Guard men and women have sailed the freezing seas and soared through the howling, northern skies since Alaska’s earliest days as a U.S. territory, many of them going on to leave an indelible mark on the service and strengthening the proud legacy of African-American heroes to the nation.
African American History Month is an annual celebration in February to recognize the achievements and central role by African Americans in U.S. history. In honor of Black History month, five members of Coast Guard 17th District will be featured throughout the month. The first installment features Chief Petty Officer Spencer Wilson, a damage controlman stationed aboard Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley in Kodiak, Alaska.
Air Station Kodiak reported ready for rescue swimmer operations in November of 1989. The first operational deployment of a rescue swimmer from Air Station Kodiak was performed on Dec. 7, 1989, in Shelikof Strait. On that day Petty Officer 3rd Class Bill DeCamp was lowered from an H-3 helicopter to an overturned vessel to ensure no survivors were in the immediate area.
Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Ferreira assumes the responsibilities as the ninth Coast Guard Enlisted Ancient Albatross while performing the duties as the command master chief of Air Station Sitka, Alaska.
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Women have been involved in the military since the military was created. They have assisted in military strategy (think Cleopatra), sewn flags, followed the drum supporting the troops behind the battle lines of war, kept lighthouses and even saved lives. […]