Petty Officer 2nd Class Christine Parham, a health services technician at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, is one of the few paramedics in the Coast Guard. After joining in 2013 and training in Cape May, New Jersey, Parham begged to come to Kodiak to be an Aviation Mission Specialist. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Meredith Manning and Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Steenson

Coast Guard flight paramedic provides higher level of care in Alaska

Wearing a bright orange drysuit and large blue helmet while carrying gear that looks to weigh twice as much as she does, a small-framed, 5-foot coastguardsman rushes to the waiting helicopter. She throws her gear in and takes her seat amongst the rest of the crew. Though not in her job description, she prepares to take flight on a search and rescue case in the last frontier.


Coast Guard Hero: Bailey T. Barco

Long before the crew of the Bailey Barco made their 7,130-mile transit from Key West, Florida, to reach their homeport of Ketchikan May 12, their cutter’s namesake, Bailey T. Barco, took command a century ago as a keeper at the Dam Neck Life-Saving Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


MSD Kodiak personnel move between two containers at the Horizon Lines Terminal in Kodiak during a container inspection.

Unit Spotlight: Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak

Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) Kodiak is located on the island of Kodiak, near St. Paul Harbor. The crew is responsible for commercial fishing vessel examinations, marine casualty investigations, pollution response, waterfront facility inspections, regulatory oversight and enforcement of federal vessels, […]


Lt. Paul Johansen stands in front of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in Alaska.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Paul Johansen

It’s a story that sounds as if it were pulled right from the movies. High winds, rough seas, a rescue helicopter low on fuel and a crew determined to save a life. But the danger was real for the Kodiak, Alaska-based Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew on a mission to save the life of a cargo vessel crewman.


Coast Guard’s newest FRC brings its capabilities to Ketchikan

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick (WPC-1121) is the first fast response cutter to be stationed in Alaska after its crew completed the 6,200-mile journey from the shipyards of Louisiana to reach their homeport in Ketchikan.


From Bayou to Borough, FRC John McCormick comes to Ketchikan

Written by: Ensign Hailey Thompson The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick took quite an adventure leading up to their commissioning in Ketchikan, Alaska, April 12. In Oct. 2016, the crew traveled to the Bollinger Shipyards, in Lockport, […]


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.


Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter returns home after living marine resources protection mission in the Bering Sea

ALAMEDA, Calif.—An Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter returned home to Alameda, Tuesday afternoon, after a successful 63-day deployment protecting living marine resources among the fishing fleets in the Bering Sea. The 126-person crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf conducted 26 […]


Coast Guard hosts seven-person Chinese working group in support of Operation North Pacific Guard

In support of the Unitied Nations resolution to prevent the use of large scale drift net fishing on the high seas, in 1993, the U.S. Coast Guard signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding with the (now) China Coast Guard to […]


A group photo of attendees at the 2017 Juneau Area Women’s Leadership Symposium.

2017 Juneau Area Women’s Leadership Symposium

In honor of Women’s History Month and the many contributions of women throughout American history, the Juneau area Coast Guard held its 2017 Women in Leadership Symposium. The symposium, attended by both men and women, provided an opportunity for Coast Guard members to discuss family life and military life, as well as network.


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