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