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.


"Coast Guard Mary" Lekanoff and the crew of Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor, Alaska, gather during one of Lekanoff's many visits to the unit Feb. 17, 2015.  Lekanoff has provided support and warm meals for Coast Guard members in Dutch Harbor since 1973.  U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by MSD Dutch Harbor.

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.


Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Mya Dejakanul, a health service technician at Air Station Sitka, Alaska, stands on the tarmac at Air Station Sitka March 3, 2015.  Dejakanul was named the Coast Guard Clinic Health Service Technician of the Year for her numerous contributions to the Coast Guard and the community of Sitka.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant Devuyst.

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.


Coast Guard Rear Adm. Dan Abel, 17th District commander, and Comodore Mark SImoni, National Commodore of the U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary, swear Auxiliarist Bruce Jones in as the 30th Commodore of the 17th District during the District 17 Auxiliary Awards Banquet in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 15, 2015.  Jones joined the Auxiliary in 2006 and is a charter member of the Petersburg Flotilla.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

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.


Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Harwell displays a commemorative plate given awarded to him by the Armed Forces YMCA of Alaska during a ceremony honoring his nomination as the U.S. Coast Guard's 17th District 2014 Reserve Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 13, 2014. Harwell was nominated for his role in enforcement operations at Sector Anchorage while balancing a career with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration as a fisheries agent. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

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.


Petty Officer 1st Class Brent Taylor displays a commemorative plate given awarded to him by the Armed Forces YMCA of Alaska during a ceremony honoring his nomination as the U.S. Coast Guard's 17th District 2014 Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 13, 2015. Taylor was nominated for his many accomplishments aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and his many contributions to the Kodiak community. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

CGC Alex Haley crewmember named USCG 17th District Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year

The Coast Guard 17th District 2014 Enlisted Petty Officer of the Year is Petty Officer 1st Class Brent Taylor, a Louisiana native, serves as an electronics technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley homeported in Kodiak, Alaska.


Coast Guard Lt. Frank Wolfe, a pilot from Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, answers questions posed by students of Academy Charter School in Palmer Jan. 29, 2015. A flight crew from Air Station Kodiak flew an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to the school to share their stories with the children as part of an intensive called "Fly 'em High; Helicopters' role in Alaska." U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Learning to fly: Air Station Kodiak flight crew descends on Palmer, Alaska, school

Whether they’re behind the controls of a sophisticated aircraft or soaring through the air and saving the day as a superhero, the ability to fly is a common dream for children. Thursday, Jan. 29, students at Academy Charter School in Palmer, Alaska, had the opportunity to speak with the real-life superheroes of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak when an MH-60 Jayhawk crew descended onto their soccer field for a visit.


Former POW Maj. Gen. Ed Mechenbier, USAF, ret., shares leadership perspectives with Chief Warrant Officer David Dixon, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit during an American300 visit to Ketchikan, Alaska, Jan. 20, 2015. Mechenbier overcame being held captive for two years while fighting in North Vietnam and uses his experience to teach Armed Forces members about perseverance. Photo courtesy of American300.

Former POW shares never say die attitude with Alaska Coast Guard

For the third year in a row, American300, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering resiliency among United States Armed Forces members, visited the Coast Guard men and women of Ketchikan, Alaska, and, this year, they brought along someone who knows all about overcoming adversity.


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