CDR Barresi

National Hispanic Heritage Month: CDR John Barresi

When you get to put your feet down in a faraway place, it helps you understand and celebrate diversity. By serving in the Navy and the Coast Guard I’ve had unique opportunities to expand my world views.


YN2 Lamboy

National Hispanic Heritage Month: YN2 Cristina Lamboy

The Coast Guard has taught me the importance of multi-tasking and being able to adapt to change. There has been a lot of difference between the different jobs that I have worked, and adaptation has always been part of it. I’ve learned how to adapt from my personal experiences, and also from the people who work around me.


Petty Officer 1st Class Gus Albaladejo poses for a photo in front of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak C-130 Hercules airplane in Kodiak, Alaska, Sept. 24, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

National Hispanic Heritage Month: AMT1 Gus Albaladejo

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month, from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, five members of Coast Guard 17th District will be featured Sept. 29 through Oct. 3.


An Air Station Kodiak C-130 during a severe weather conditions in Cold Bay, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Al Bennett.

National PrepareAthon! Day

National PrepareAthon! Day, September 30th, is a national day of action, where schools, places of employment, faith-based and community organizations, colleges and universities are encouraged to focus on specific disasters to their region and increase preparedness for each individual.


Coast Guard Lt. Aaron Renschler from the Sector Anchorage, Alaska, enforcement division dons a protective mask during domestic egress training at Sector Anchorage Sept. 9, 2014. Personnel in the class learned how to properly and quickly use safety equipment in the event of a hazardous material threat. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Preparing for dangerous cargo

As enforcers of America’s maritime laws, Coast Guard boarding teams are typically associated with images of drug and migrant interdiction, monitoring fisheries and boating safety. However, as defenders of U.S. ports and harbors, Coast Guard members must also be prepared to respond to more dire threats to the nation’s security.


AST1 Rachid Arnick featured image

So others may live: AST1 Rachid Arnick

So others may live. It’s the creed of the aviation rescue swimmer community and a promise to those in danger that when a Coast Guard rescue swimmer enters the water, she or he will do everything in their power – including risk their own life – to save you.


Coast Guard 17th District Waterways Management personnel discuss the formation of an Arctic Waterway Safety Committee at Gorsuch Commons Conference Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus in Anchorage, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2014. The committee would ensure the safety, security and stewardship of U.S. waters. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A framework for a safer Arctic

Members of Coast Guard 17th District prevention department recently facilitated the meeting for the formation of an Arctic Waterways Safety Committee to ensure the safety, security and stewardship of U.S. waters.


Medevac Feature Photo

The Last Frontier: Flight Surgeon

In just the first seven months of 2014, Coast Guard 17th District crews performed 99 medevacs and non-maritime medical transports. No two of these vital rescue missions look the same. From skiffs, to cargo ships, to fishing boats, to small Southeast Alaska villages, the locations and platforms are as diverse as the ailments and injuries. Just as eclectic are the responding assets: one day an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, the next day a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium.


Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Ferreira "A" school photo, 1986.

A new albatross takes flight

Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Ferreira assumes the responsibilities as the ninth Coast Guard Enlisted Ancient Albatross while performing the duties as the command master chief of Air Station Sitka, Alaska.


Boat Responsibly

Labor Day weekend boating safety tips

As the Labor Day weekend approaches and marks the end of the summer boating season, an increase in the number of recreational boating activities is anticipated. Boaters need to take proper safety precautions and remain vigilant using these recommended safety tips:


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