The newly rebuilt St. Paul Harbor Entrance Light in Chiniak Bay, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Safe Passage: St. Paul Harbor Entrance Light

St. Paul Harbor Entrance Light in Chiniak Bay is an essential navigational aid, marking landfall for vessels transiting inbound Kodiak Harbor, Alaska. More than 1,000 vessels transit in and out of Kodiak Harbor each year and the aid serves to mark the channel entrance, as well as a hazardous reef.


Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, boarding team members attempt to break up a brawl during a law enforcment academy training scenario at Sector Anchorage April 17, 2015.  The annual law enforcement academy gives members the chance to brush up on their skills before the summer boating season.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

School’s in session for Coast Guard Sector Anchorage law enforcement academy

Warm weather and only slightly less freezing waters are sure signs that summer has once again returned to Alaska and for the Coast Guard that usually means business is about to pick up. The return of the midnight sun means the return of recreational boaters and the potential for trouble which is why Coast Guard members from Sector Anchorage met April 13-17 to hone the skills they’ll need to safely conduct boarding operations throughout the busy season.


(Left to right) Lt. Grant Langston, Petty Officer 2nd Class William Smith, Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Warner and Lt. Francis Wolfe pose for a photo in front of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter March 19, 2015. The crew was awarded the Naval Helicopter Association Aircrew of the Year (Deployed) for the rescue of a crew member aboard the South Korean research vessel Araon in August 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

Arctic rescue: Closing the distance

It was Aug. 19, 2014, when crewmembers at FOL Barrow were notified of a 42 year-old male who had sustained a severe head injury aboard the South Korean research vessel Araon; a vessel that was located in thick ice-covered waters 310 miles north of Barrow. It was determined that two Jayhawk crews would make the lengthy trip north and rescue the mariner.


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Why do we go to school?

One answer: to find a fulfilling career. That’s what students were looking to learn about when they visited Coast Guard Station Juneau and the Coast Guard Cutter Naushon.


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Through the Lens: Setting the Mendenhall Bar

Every Spring the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Elderberry drops 18 buoys into the Gastineau Channel. These floating aids to navigation serve as markers for mariners operating on the narrow, shallow Mendenhall River Bar during the busy summer boating season. It’s a preventative measure that stops a lot of search and rescue cases before they even happen, an integral part of the Coast Guard’s mission to protect the safety of life at sea.


Lt. Chelsea Kalil poses for a photo in front of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter.

Women’s History Month: Ignoring limits

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot Lt. Chelsea Kalil is one of the 15 percent of active duty women in the Coast Guard. Kalil describes what it takes to be a strong leader in the Coast Guard and the woman she admires for pushing the limits and forging a path for women in the Coast Guard.


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CGC Sycamore crew lends a hand in Yakutat

On March 10, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Sycamore assisted the community of Yakutat with clearing brush for over three hours to help make way for a new children’s playground.


"Coast Guard Mary" Lekanoff and the crew of Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor, Alaska, gather during one of Lekanoff's many visits to the unit Feb. 17, 2015.  Lekanoff has provided support and warm meals for Coast Guard members in Dutch Harbor since 1973.  U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by MSD Dutch Harbor.

Women’s History Month: “Coast Guard Mary” offers warm food, heart to Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Coast Guard

Near the top of the world and 600 miles from any major shipping ports, is the Alaskan town of Unalaska, home to U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Dutch Harbor. The seven-man crew of MSD Dutch Harbor is responsible forregulatoryoversightandenforcementofvessel,facilityandwaterwayfederallawsandregulations andmanagessafetyenforcementforthelargestfishingportintheUnitedStates, but they couldn’t do it without a little support. Fortunately for them, they have “Coast Guard Mary.”


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The Last Frontier: Team Sitka

Coming from two completely different worlds, in terms of training and daily operations, it’s the ability to help each other accomplish their missions that make the two units a perfect match. As long as they’re able to safeguard mariners in Southeast Alaska, everyone is happy.


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Women’s History Month: Tomorrow’s Leaders

Included in the five women at Station Juneau are Petty Officer 3rd Class Lacey Miller, a boatswain’s mate, and Fireman Rachel Larson, a member of the engineering department. Both are relatively new members to the service, yet their experience is already shaping who they will become as professionals, and how they can become future leaders of the Coast Guard.


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