Petty Officer 3rd Class Abel Marquez, a crewmember at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, participates in firearms training on an Army simulator at Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson. The laser-based simulator provides the marksman with an approximation of the weapon’s sound, weight and recoil. U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning

Coast Guard sights in on Army’s firearms simulator

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, had the opportunity to conduct training at the Army’s firearms simulator at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Although Coast Guard members participate in similar training upon joining the Coast Guard, most units solely use live-fire ranges to practice and qualify as marksmen.


Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro practice smallboat pursuit training in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, March 18, 2016.  Crewmembers from the CGC Stratton assisted with the training.  U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard smallboat crews train for hot pursuit in Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Small boat pursuit training allows the coxswain and crew members of a small boat to work together in a close quarters situation with another boat at high speeds where extreme precision and teamwork are crucial. This simulates a vessel that is not following a lawful order to stop and trains the crew members in tactics to pursue and stop the vessel. Smallboat crews from the Munro spent time in the classroom before taking their smallboats in the water around Dutch Harbor to gain valuable hands-on experience.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Warner, a rescue swimmer at Air Station Kodiak, performs an ice rescue during training at Upper 6 Mile Lake on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 17, 2016. During the training, members from Air Station Kodiak, Sector Anchorage and the National Ice Rescue School in Essexville, Michigan, worked together to perform ice rescues from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning

Coast Guard rescuers train on thin ice

While ice rescue training is not unfamiliar to Coast Guard members in cold climates like Alaska, incorporating air rescue added a new element for these crews. Members from Air Station Kodiak, Sector Anchorage and the National Ice Rescue School in Essexville, Michigan, teamed up to perform ice rescues from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at Upper 6 Mile Lake on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. For the participating members it was an experience that brought new elements into their normal training evolutions.


The Coast Guard, along with NOAA and Alaska Wildlife Trooper completed the Alaskan Resident Living Marine Resource Boarding Officer Class, an advance level law enforcement class for qualified boarding officers in the Coast Guard, at the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

Joining forces to protect Alaska’s natural resources

At the epicenter of major fishing activities in Alaska is the North Pacific Regional Fisheries Training Center. Located on Kodiak Island, the school is dedicated to training those in Living Marine Resource (LMR) enforcement.


Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang fight a fire during training at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center’s fire trainer in Seward, Alaska, January 6, 2016. The fire trainer allowed the crewmembers to experience fighting a fire first hand. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Fire! Fire! Fire! CGC Mustang crew trains for flames

Coast Guard crewmembers routinely train to respond to emergency situations they may encounter while underway. Fire aboard a cutter can cause mass casualties or total loss of the vessel, but proper training can help crewmembers to quickly and safely save lives and the ship.


Cmdr. James Binniker and Lt. Todd Bagetis from the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage response department meet with Alaska Dept. of Conservation representativeTom Deruyter and members of the National Park Service and Fish and Game Department in Nome, Alaska, Dec. 3, 2015.  Coast Guard and ADEC personnel visited Nome to promote local partnerships in advance of the Spring 2016 Subarea Contingency Planning meeting. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Kim Jenish.

Community partnerships promoted during Coast Guard, ADEC visit to Nome, Alaska

Members of the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage response department and Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation traveled to Nome, Alaska, to meet with state, local, tribal and industry stakeholders Dec. 1-3.


Navigation Lights Power Driver Vessels

The safety of navigation lights

The U.S. Coast Guard is concerned about the sale and availability of unapproved recreational and commercial vessel navigation lights. Purchasers of such lighting should be aware replacement lighting may be improper for its application due to the failure by manufacturers to meet technical certification requirements.


Petty Officer 3rd Class John Crow, an aviation survival technician at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., deployed to Alaska for Arctic Shield 2015, sits on a piece of sea ice in the Arctic Ocean after approaching a simulated person in the water during a joint civil and federal search and rescue exercise near Oliktok Point, Alaska, July 14, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst.

It’s a wrap: Arctic Shield 2015

The focus throughout Arctic Shield 2015 operations was on protecting lives and property at sea, enforcement of laws and regulations in the region, tribal engagements and assistance, service to aids to navigation, performance and evaluation of science missions and a range of marine safety activities in many Arctic communities.


Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Samuel Pulliam of Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, and Staff Sergeant Peyton Wackerman of the Alaska Air National Guard 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron prepare pallets of equipment for transport aboard a C-17 Globemaster III airplane while demobilizing a Forward Operating Location in Deadhorse Oct. 14, 2015. FOL Deadhorse was part of the Coast Guard's Arctic Shileld 2015 mission. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Hitchin’ a ride: AK Air National Guard gives Coast Guard a lift as FOL Deadhorse shutters

Personnel from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, hitched a ride home from Forward Operating Location Deadhorse aboard a C-17 Globemaster III airplane courtesy of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 249th Airlift Squadron Oct. 14, 2015.


National Preparedness Month

Alaska Preparedness Boot Camp

September is dedicated to preparedness across the United States, and nowhere is that more important than in Alaska. So we’re not messing around! Work through each of these drills if you want to make it through our preparedness boot camp!


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