Santa, along with his elves and Air Station Kodiak aircrews prepare for an early morning takeoff.

Through the Lens: Santa to the Villages

Since 1974, Kodiak-based Coast Guard crews have been bringing holiday cheer, presents, books and warm garments to children in the remote villages on Kodiak Island, and the tradition continues this year.

The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR moored at Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Home, sweet home

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR returned home to Kodiak on Nov. 29, 2015, after a nearly four-month deployment primarily for the purpose of completing about $1.7 million in much-needed maintenance and repair work.

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.

Chief Warrant Officer Darrel Howells II inspects a vessel while serving at Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan, Alaska.  Howells served as an engineer after attended Damage Control “A” School on Governor’s Island, New York.   Photo provided by CWO Darrel Howells II.

Veterans Day 2015: CWO (Ret.) Darrel Howells II

Every year on November 11, Americans honor and thank their military veterans. Veterans Day celebrates those who committed to protecting and serving their country.

Darrel Howells II made that commitment when he joined the Coast Guard in March of 1983 in Boise, Idaho.

Mike and Opal Oliver, both Coast Guard veterans, pose for a photo.

Veterans Day 2015: The Olivers

There are some throughout the U.S. who have had the privilege of growing up with a veteran for a parent, while others have had the true fortune of dual-active duty parents. Twice the veterans, twice the sea stories.

Coast Guard Fireman Braden Mello participates in naturalization ceremony in Anchorage, Alaska, Nov. 20, 2015.  Mello was born in Ontario, Canada, but spent most of his life in Vermont.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Canadian-born Coast Guardsman earns U.S. citizenship

The dream of becoming a citizen of the United States is a lifelong ambition for some. For Coast Guard Fireman Braden Mello however, it was like coming home.

San Francisco Examiner

Veterans Day 2015: The Rescue Pilot

When we left off, Coast Guard Lt. Robert “Rip” Emerson was asking Adm. Chester W. Nimitz for appointment to fighter pilot school.

Hal Farrar rides aboard a Coast Guard cutterafter transferring from the Navy.  Farrar worked aboard buoy tenders, diver class vessels and three lighthouses during his time with the Coast Guard.  Photo provided by Hal Farrar.

Veterans Day 2015: Memories of a three war-veteran

Henry “Hal” Eaton Farrar was born in Little Rock, Ark., in 1926 to a family of farmers and ranchers. His father was a veterinarian who trained and cared for horses used in World War I and Farrar grew strong through hard work and long days on the family farm. Always big for his age, Farrar left the Georgia Military Academy to enlist with the Navy at the age of 17 and, with World War II in full swing, he reported to the Pacific theater to fight the Japanese.

The Sergents

Military Family Month: Meet the Sergents

It’s hard to say just where a Coast Guard career might take you. Although concentrated in the United States, active duty and reserve members serve all over the world. With deployments and reassignments always right around the corner, home isn’t necessarily a place, but more often an idea.


Veterans Day 2015: The Beach Master

Emerson’s first of many tests as a beach master came in the United States’ first combat engagement on the Atlantic front. For the uninitiated, the beach master’s role is to direct incoming landing craft onto shore during an assault. It’s a job that can only be accomplished by getting there first.

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