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.


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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.


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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:


Chris Thompson, an Unmanned Aircraft System operator for AeroVironment, directs a Puma All Environment UAS into a net mounted to the Coast Guard Cutter Healy during an exercise in the Arctic Aug. 23, 2014. Researchers from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, based in the New London, Conn., and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration deployed the UAS to test its capabilities in the Arctic. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center, NOAA test Unmanned Aircraft System during Arctic exercise

COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY, At Sea – Soaring high above the shifting ice and frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean, a silent sentinel patrolled the skies above the Coast Guard Cutter Healy during its journey to the Arctic this summer. […]


Researchers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy prepare to deploy an Aerostat system during an exercise in the Arctic Aug. 16, 2014. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center, based in New London, Conn., used the Aerostat to track a simulated spill during the exercise. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center tests Aerostat system during Arctic exercise

COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY, At Sea – Situational awareness is an important factor of any response. The ability to monitor assets during dangerous operations or track the movements of a target can greatly influence the success of a mission. Knowing […]


Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Healy and researchers from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center spray a vegetable-based dye into the water to simulate an oil spill during an exercise in Arctic waters Aug. 18, 2014. Multiple unmanned systems were used to track the movements of the simulated spill during the exercise. Coast Guard photo by Jason Story.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center studies movement of oil in ice during Arctic simulation

COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY, At Sea – As stewards of U.S. marine resources, the Coast Guard has a vested interest in the condition and protection of Alaska’s Arctic waters. That interest has led scientists working with the Coast Guard and […]


A Gavia Scientific Autonomous Underwater Vehicle dries on the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy after recovery from a simulated oil in ice exercise in the Arctic Aug. 20, 2014. The AUV is outfitted with sonar and radar sensors which allow responders to locate oil trapped beneath or within the ice. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard deploys Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Arctic science mission

COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY, At Sea – Scientists from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center and their colleagues traveled to the Arctic aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy this year to evaluate a wide variety of technologies for use […]


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