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Installing fun for the winter

With just a step outdoors in Homer, Alaska, aka “the end of the road,” hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing and off-road activities provide plenty of good times throughout spring and summer, but come winter, much of Homer’s community will have to find something fun to do indoors.


A Station Valdez, Alaska, Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew prepares for a two-boat training evolution in the Port of Valdez, Alaska, Sept. 30, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Unit Spotlight: Station Valdez

Tucked into the Chugach Mountains, Valdez is the northernmost ice-free port in North America, but the Station’s stalwart crew still endures an average yearly snowfall of 326 inches per year to conduct Coast Guard operations.


Members of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage experience the effects of an aircraft crash in the water in a portable airframe escape traininer at Learn to Return Training Systems in Anchorage, Alaska, Jan. 19, 2017. The members learned techniques for escapting both stable and submerged airframes. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Travis Dopp.

A crash course in crash landings

Frostbite and heart failure set in quickly as the mercury drops, and there’s no time to lose. It’s time to make a fire.


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The stuff that matters: Holiday boating safety gift ideas

Gift them with a safe return home while on Alaska’s waterways. The gift of safety saves more than money.


Members of Juneau, Alaska, area Coast Guard attempt to stay afloat using special techniques during Kids Don’t Float instructor training Nov. 16, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon-Paul Rios

Saving lives across generations

The water was a balmy 80 degrees and calm. A wave rippled across its surface as a small, orange boat sank to the waterline. The four people aboard quickly exited the boat into the water. A voice overhead was instructing them to “conserve energy and float nearby.”


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Keeping Nome like no other place

As maritime traffic increases in the Arctic, the dangers of an oil spill creep closer to the “Anvil City.” For the Northwest Arctic Sub Area Committee, the top of the agenda is keeping Nome like no other place.


Members of the Canadian Coast Guard deliver medical supplies to a temporary medical treatment facility set up as part of Arctic Chinook in Kotzebue, Alaska, Aug. 24, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning.

Arctic Chinook 2016

There are “uncharted waters,” and there are uncharted waters up through the Northwest Passage. At the intersection of geography and interests, the Arctic represents a light flashing yellow to increased levels of human activity. A danger foreseen is half-avoided, goes […]


A member of Alaska Chadux Corporation displays stacks of boom used to contain spilled oil to an assembly of Bethel, Alaska community members, Aug. 1, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Bringing it to Bethel: Oil spill response training in Western Alaska

Story and photos provided by Lt. James Daugherty, Prevention, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage Coast Guard Sector Anchorage teamed up with members of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to bring oil spill response training to […]


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.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Sarabeth Duke and Petty Officer 3rd Class Hamilton Cleverdon sit with students after a Kids Don't Float demonstration at Diomede School in Little Diomede, Alaska, February 19, 2016. Kids Don't Float is a Coast Guard and Alaska Office of Boating Safety program that teaches children about safety on the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Kids Don’t Float teaches children lessons for life

When seven-year-old Sam Fredrickson plunged into the water during a hunting trip with his father, Walter Washington Sr., and a family friend, near Angoon, Alaska, it was Sam’s quick thinking and use of boating safety equipment that ultimately saved their lives.


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