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Meet the Champ

“I’ve always wanted to be a special command aide, but I was nervous about my cooking skills,” said the food service specialist sitting on the other side of the booth in the Juneau federal building’s dining hall. “I didn’t think that I had what it takes.” He couldn’t have been more wrong. You see, Petty Officer 1st Class Sammy Paone is the special command aide for the Coast Guard 17th District, and there’s a lot of evidence that suggests he’s the best there is.


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Cookin’ with Coasties: FS3 Brandon Coomer

Cookin’ with Coasties is a series that features food specialists stationed at Coast Guard units throughout Alaska, and recipes to their favorite meals they prepare for their crews. Providing three square meals a day to the hard working men and […]


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The Last Frontier: 30 years of service

Retired Senior Chief Petty Officer David Hydock recently completed 30 years of service to his country through the Air Force, Alaska Army National Guard and Coast Guard . What is it like to serve for that long, and with so many services? Fortunately, Hydock was able to set aside some time to fill us in on his journey from airman basic to senior chief operations specialist.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Keven Narvaez prepares for Thanksgiving.

A taste of home for the holidays

While many Coast Guard members are not able to be at home with their friends and family, units across the country try to bring a taste of the holidays to their shipmates. Petty Officer 3rd Class Keven Narvaez shares with us his experiences as he prepared to share the holidays with his crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley in Kodiak, Alaska.


"The Sector Anchorage incident management division is thankful for having an understanding supervisor with a good sense of humor," - Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Brown, Coast Guard Sector Anchorage incident management division.

Coast Guard members give their thanks…

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Coast Guard members from throughout Sector Anchorage decided to share what they are most thankful for this year…


Master Chief Sean McPhilamy and Capt. Jeffrey Westling presents Jennifer Haleakala a certificate of completion during a Coast Guard ombudsman training course, Sept. 24, 2014, at Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

Honoring our military families in the Coast Guard

November is the Month of the Military Family in which we honor the families that support our troops. In the Coast Guard, a select few military spouses volunteer as ombudsmen to provide knowledge of work life services and referrals for specific services such as doctor referrals, schools, and education and employment opportunities.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Victor De La Mora serves meals aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory in Homer, Alaska, Oct. 23, 2014. De La Mora, a food service specialist aboard the Hickory, was inspired to cook by his family. U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by CGC Hickory.

Cookin’ with Coasties: FS3 Victor De La Mora

A stint in Alaska is like a rite of passage for many Coast Guard members and one of the latest to experience its challenges is Petty Officer 3rd Class Victor De La Mora, a food service specialist aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, homeported in Homer.


FS3 Justin Kennelly prepares Shrimp Etouffee aboard the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR at Base Kodiak, Alaska, Nov. 13, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

Cookin’ with Coasties: FS3 Justin Kennelly

Cooking in a galley can present its challenges. Deciding each recipe to make with the ingredients at hand, prepping numerous components and eventually preparing the actual meal three times a day, there’s a lot that goes into the final product. Now imagine doing all of that in 15-foot seas.


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Cookin’ with Coasties: FS1 Sammy Paone

If there’s one misconception that exists about the Coast Guard’s food service specialists, it’s probably that their only responsibilities are in the galley, cooking. For Petty Officer 1st Class Sammy Paone, the special command aide at Coast Guard 17th District in Juneau, Alaska, firing up the range to make homemade meals is only a fragment of his overall job.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Anderson pauses for a photo aboard Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur, Oct. 21, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Cookin’ with Coasties: FS2 Aaron Anderson

One crewmember aboard Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat homeported in Ketchikan, Alaska, is food specialist Aaron Anderson. Anderson shares his favorite recipe and what it takes to be a successful chef in the Coast Guard.


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