Lt. Cmdr. Michelle Schallip, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, a 225-foot buoy tender moored in Kodiak, Alaska, stands next to the bulkhead of the ship commemorating the SPARs, a group of women who volunteered in the Coast Guard in WWII to support the war effort, in Kodiak, Alaska, March 18, 2014. This is Schallip,Äôs fourth afloat tour in the Coast Guard and second tour as a commanding officer. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Coast Guard women in pursuit of discovery, exploration and sailing on the open seas

March marks the month that the Coast Guard recognizes women of character who dedicate their time to the service. One such woman, Lt. Cmdr. Michele Schallip, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, a 225-foot buoy tender in Kodiak, […]

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Shaking off the ice: Coast Guard begins Arctic Shield 2014 outreach

The Coast Guard 17th District officially ended Arctic Shield 2013 five months ago and settled in for a long Alaskan winter. As traffic through the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean ground to a halt with the encroaching ice, Coast Guard […]


Coast Guard Cutter SPAR crew work aids, spreads holiday cheer to Old Harbor, Alaska

  By Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Quintana As December arrives and the darkest part of the year is upon us, SPAR’s crew conducted aids to navigation work, vocational outreach and spread holiday cheer throughout south Kodiak.   SPAR has made […]

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Haunting for a good cause

In the U.S., Halloween is a time for dressing up, collecting candy and haunting – so who would have thought it would also be a time of giving? Twenty-three crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, homeported in Kodiak, […]

A mariner aboard the 37-foot pleasure craft Mystery Lady hauls in a line tossed to him by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Long Island during a rescue near Seward, Alaska, Oct. 24, 2013. Coast Guard units responded to the Mystery Lady after it lost power and began drifting dangerously close to a rocky mountainside. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Long Island.

Rescue of two mariners proves proficiency pays off

  Towing disabled and adrift vessels is a routine procedure for Coast Guard boat crews, but even this seemingly simple task can prove to be as perilous as it is common in the Coast Guard’s ongoing mission to rescue lives […]

Good Samaritans aboard the 98-foot Seattle-based fishing vessel Aleutian Beauty, responding to a Coast Guard issued urgent marine information broadcast, rescue five uninjured fishermen from a life raft in the Bering Sea off the Alaskan coast Oct. 20, 2013. The mariners set off their emergency position indicating radio beacon, prompting a Coast Guard response, and abandoned ship into the life raft from the 59-foot Kodiak-based fishing vessel Western Venture after it caught fire 69 miles west of Adak. U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Kodiak.

Rescue highlights the importance of being prepared for worst case scenarios in Alaskan waters

Anyone who has plied the waters of Alaska can attest to the many dangers facing mariners, and the rescue of five crewmen aboard the fishing vessel Western Venture, Oct. 20, has cast new light upon the importance of being prepared […]

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Ombudsmen help Coast Guard families in Alaska

    By Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow Coast Guard ombudsmen are a volunteer force and serve as a vital link that connect family members with their loved ones serving at units throughout the nation. Ombudsmen are officially appointed by […]

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Alaska Coast Guard members train to provide support for victims of sexual assault

By PA1 Shawn Eggert The problems of sexual assault and harassment are ones that, unfortunately, affect too many military service members and the Coast Guard is no exception.  After such a traumatic and unsettling event, victims are often in need […]


Coast Guard encourages boating safety during Labor Day weekend in Alaska

Petty Officer 2nd Class Brett Rielly, a boatswain’s mate at Coast Guard Station Juneau, Alaska, shares tips for safe boating during the LaborDay weekend at the station pier Aug. 28, 2013.  U.S. Coast Guard Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class […]

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Child’s wish comes true at Coast Guard air station in Kodiak, Alaska

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak hosted Braeden Hahn and his family during a two-day event sponsored by the Make-A-Wish foundation’s Alaska chapter, July 24, 2013, in Kodiak, Alaska. Braeden, a resident of New Jersey and fan of the television series […]

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