Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Rosenthal, the Alaska Coast Guard Reservist of the Year, speaks at the Armed Services YMCA 39th Annual Salute to the Military in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 20, 2016. Rosenthal was selected to represent the Armed Services award recipients on stage. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning)

2015 Coast Guard 17th District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year

Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Rosenthal, a reserve maritime enforcement specialist, was named the 2015 17th District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year and was recognized at the Armed Services YMCA 39th Annual Salute to the Military in Anchorage, Alaska, February 20, 2016.


2015 Coast Guard 17th District Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year

The 2015 Coast Guard 17th District Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year is Petty Officer 1st Class Russell Dever, a damage controlman aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Maple, homeported in Sitka, Alaska.


Rebecca Brinkley stands with her husband Lt. Matthew Brinkley, commanding officer aboard the CGC Mustang. Rebecca was announced as Coast Guard District 17 Military Spouse of the year. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Mustang commanding officer’s wife named District 17 spouse of the year

Rebecca Brinkley married Coast Guard Lt. Matthew Brinkley in 2010. As soon as she said said ‘I do’ Rebecca dove head first into her role as a Coast Guard spouse. Her support for her husband and his unit lead to Rebecca being named the 2016 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year for Coast Guard District 17.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Noel Cordero poses for a photo while transiting through the Grenville Channel in British Columbia, Canada. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

Leadership has no rank

It’s often thought that a military leader must come from a high rank or command staff which fosters the development of junior members to one day become leaders themselves. However Coast Guardsmen like Petty Officer 2nd Class Noel Cordero, a junior member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, prove the qualities of a good leader have no rank requirement.


Lt. Chelsea Kalil poses for a photo in front of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

Women’s History Month: Ignoring limits

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.


Women’s History Month: “Coast Guard Mary” offers warm food, heart to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Coast Guard

Near the top of the world and 600 miles from any major shipping ports, is the Alaskan town of Unalaska, home to U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor. The seven-man crew of MSD Dutch Harbor is responsible forregulatoryoversightandenforcementofvessel,facilityandwaterwayfederallawsandregulations andmanagessafetyenforcementforthelargestfishingportintheUnitedStates, but they couldn’t do it without a little support. Fortunately for them, they have “Coast Guard Mary.”


Chief Petty Officer Fabiola Germeille poses for a photo in her officer at Base Kodiak, Alaska, March 9, 2015. Germeille is the assistant service personnel office chief at Base Kodiak and leads 12 petty officers 1,350 records for 29 Coast Guard units. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

Women’s History Month: YNC Fabiola Germeille

Chief Petty Officer Fabiola Germeille celebrates National Women’s History Month by sharing her leadership inspiration and the characteristics it takes to be a successful woman in the military.


Air Station Sitka, Alaska, Petty Officer named 2014 Coast Guard Clinic Health Service Technician of the Year

It’s no secret that the U.S. Coast Guard is devoted to rescuing others from harm but, even within an organization filled with lifesavers, there are those who make the health and well-being of others their number one priority. Every year, the Coast Guard honors a select few members from among its health service technicians for outstanding performance and dedication. This year, the 17th District and Air Station Sitka, Alaska, are proud to say it can count the Coast Guard’s Clinic Health Services Technician of the Year for 2014 from among its own.


17th District Coast Guard Auxiliary names new Commodore

The Coast Guard Auxiliary has long been a valuable resource for the Coast Guard. The contributions of the volunteers who make up the Auxiliary tremendously enhance the Coast Guard’s service and, every year, members from the 17th District Coast Guard Auxiliary gather to honor the accomplishments of their own during an awards banquet in Anchorage, Alaska. At this year’s event, however, they had another reason to celebrate; the naming of a new 17th District Coast Guard Auxiliary Commodore.


Sector Anchorage, Alaska, Reserve Petty Officer named USCG 17th District 2014 Reserve Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year

The Coast Guard 17th District 2013 Reserve Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year is Petty Officer 3rd Class Joseph Harwell, a Panama City, Fla., native serving as a maritime enforcement specialist at Sector Anchorage, Alaska.


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