AET3 Jeremy Reed

The Last Frontier: First Rescue Flight

On July 17, 2015, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremy Reed, an avionics electrical technician at Air Station Sitka, embarked on his first search and rescue case since joining the Coast Guard in September of 2008. At around 2 pm, Air Station Sitka was notified of a plane crash in the vicinity of Point Couverden, north of Sitka—Flight 202.


The Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks through ice in the Arctic circle, July 14, 2015. This image was taken by an Aerostat, a self-contained, compact platform that can deploy multiple sensor payloads and other devices into the air. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Arctic research underway aboard CGC Healy

Science is officially in full swing aboard the CGC Healy and research operations are now underway. Personnel from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center are aboard the Healy again this summer to test and evaluate technologies for Coast Guard use in the Arctic. This year, the focus of the research is on a significant Coast Guard mission: search and rescue.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — 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.

Sector Anchorage welcomes new commander

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.


A Coast Guard aircrew, forward deployed to Deadhorse, Alaska, performs maintenance on an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at the Deadhorse Aviation Center. The aircrew was deployed to the Deadhorse forward operating location in support of Arctic Shield 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert

USCG aircrews from across the US travel to Alaska to assist with Arctic Shield 2015

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.


KODIAK, Alaska - The crew of the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Long Island pilots the patrol boat into homeport in Valdez following a 45 day deployment north of the San Juan Islands in support of security for the 2010 Vancouver, B.C., Olympics March 11, 2010. The crew transited more than 2,500 miles for the mission and this was the first time since the cutter's 2003 stationing in Valdez that it has left Alaska.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Erin Christensen.

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.


Organizers of Coast Guard Base Kodiak's annual Earth Day cleanup event pose for a photo by Jewel Beach in Kodiak, Alaska, May 1, 2015. The Coast Guard Officer's Association of Kodiak sponsored the event, raising approximately $1,200 through a 5K run the weekend prior. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

Cleaning for our future

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.


Coast Guard members from Sector Juneau, Alaska, place boom into the water at Pirate Cove near Sitka during a spill response exercise Apr. 23, 2015.  The boom deployment was part of the Southeast Alaska Preparedness for Response Full Scale Exercise, a multi-agency drill intended to the test the Alaska Southeast Subarea Contingency Plan.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

PREP-ed for Action: USCG, partners test contingency response plans in Sitka, Alaska

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.


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.


Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell presents Master Chief Petty Officer Justin Fitzpatrick with a certificate proclaiming him a Master Cutterman during a ceremony aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit in Ketchikan, Alaska, Jan. 3, 2015. Fitzpatrick became the 41st Coast Guardsman to earn the title after 20 years of serving at sea.  U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by CGC Anthony Petit.

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.


"I just want world peace," Lt. Eva Mcelroy, Sector Anchorage prevention.

What is your Holiday Wish?

Coast Guard members from Sector Anchorage, Alaska, share good cheer and hopes for the holidays.


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