Coast Guard Capt. Paul Mehler III transfered command of Sector Anchorage to Capt. Paul Albertson during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Wednesday.
The ceremony was presided over by Rear Adm. Dan Abel, commander, 17th District, and ended with a retirement ceremony for Mehler who served as sector commander since 2012 and retired with 25 years of service.
Spanning more than 4-million square miles along the Alaskan coastline, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak serves as a guardian to Alaskan mariners. With missions ranging from search and rescue to law enforcement, air station crews keep a busy schedule throughout the year. But, as ice in the Arctic recedes, another mission becomes important for the Coast Guard.
As part of Operation Arctic Shield, Air Station Kodiak deployed helicopters and personnel to a forward operating location in Deadhorse. In order to support both their primary missions and Arctic mission, the air station requested additional personnel from Coast Guard units across the United States.
Final voyage from the Last Frontier; Coast Guard Cutter Long Island departs Alaska after 23 years of Coast Guard service
It was a comfortable 48 degrees in Valdez, Alaska, the day the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Long Island departed from their home pier as calm seas and light showers welcomed them into Prince William Sound one last time.
After 23 years of service in the Coast Guard, the Long Island was setting out on its final voyage, a journey from its homeport of the last 12 years to the Coast Guard’s shipyard in Baltimore, Md.
Coast Guard members throughout Coast Guard Base Kodiak recently participated in an annual Earth Day cleanup around the base in an effort to support environmental programs and build community activism throughout the base.
Alaska can present many challenges for response agencies in times of crisis, and plans for how to remove or prevent the spread of pollution are becoming increasingly important as the state sees more maritime traffic through its ports and waterways. That’s why the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the city and borough of Sitka came together with several state, local and federal agencies as well as industry members to conduct the 2015 Southeast Alaska Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Full- Scale Exercise in Sitka, Alaska, Apr. 22-23.
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.
Proving his salt; Master Chief Petty Officer Justin Fitzpatrick named Master Cutterman after 20 years at sea
Master Chief Petty Officer Justin “Fitz” Fitzpatrick, a machinery technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit, was granted the title of Master Cutterman during a modest ceremony aboard the cutter Jan. 3 in Ketchikan after serving 20 of his 21 years in the Coast Guard at sea.
Coast Guard members from Sector Anchorage, Alaska, share good cheer and hopes for the holidays.
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Coast Guard members from throughout Sector Anchorage decided to share what they are most thankful for this year…
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hickory returned to its homeport in Homer from a two week patrol to decommission the seasonal aids to navigation in the Kuskokwim River in Southwestern Alaska Oct. 16.