Emily Sabo is the ombudsman for Marine Safety Unit Valdez, Sector Field Office Valdez and Engineering Service Division Valdez. Mrs. Sabo orchestrated a Coast Guard Welcome Aboard event for newly reported personnel in assignment year 2016 and invited representatives from the Valdez School District, Valdez Parks and Recreation as well as 17th District's Work Life office.

2017 Ombudsmen Appreciation

March 26th marked Ombudsmen Appreciation Day – a day to honor the service of our dedicated Coast Guard ombudsmen. From the largest unit to the smallest, Coast Guard ombudsmen strive to make life easier for Coast Guard members and their families. 2017 is the 30th year of the ombudsman program and the 17th District would like to extend a huge thanks to all of its units’ ombudsmen.


A Station Valdez, Alaska, Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew prepares for a two-boat training evolution in the Port of Valdez, Alaska, Sept. 30, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Unit Spotlight: Station Valdez

Tucked into the Chugach Mountains, Valdez is the northernmost ice-free port in North America, but the Station’s stalwart crew still endures an average yearly snowfall of 326 inches per year to conduct Coast Guard operations.


Auxiliarist David L. Brubaker gives a presentation on the Strategic Plan Initiative during a conference of workshops and training for members of the 17 District Coast Guard Auxiliary in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 19, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough.

17th District Auxiliary selects new commodore

Whenever shipmates wish each other to have a great Coast Guard day, the Auxiliary ensure they do. They receive no paycheck, but their service to the nation does not go unnoticed.


Members of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage experience the effects of an aircraft crash in the water in a portable airframe escape traininer at Learn to Return Training Systems in Anchorage, Alaska, Jan. 19, 2017. The members learned techniques for escapting both stable and submerged airframes. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Travis Dopp.

A crash course in crash landings

Frostbite and heart failure set in quickly as the mercury drops, and there’s no time to lose. It’s time to make a fire.


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The stuff that matters: Holiday boating safety gift ideas

Gift them with a safe return home while on Alaska’s waterways. The gift of safety saves more than money.


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Serving up hope

Members of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage donned aprons instead of the uniform of the day Tuesday to volunteer at the Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center in Anchorage.


Members of Juneau, Alaska, area Coast Guard attempt to stay afloat using special techniques during Kids Don’t Float instructor training Nov. 16, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon-Paul Rios

Saving lives across generations

The water was a balmy 80 degrees and calm. A wave rippled across its surface as a small, orange boat sank to the waterline. The four people aboard quickly exited the boat into the water. A voice overhead was instructing them to “conserve energy and float nearby.”


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Keeping Nome like no other place

As maritime traffic increases in the Arctic, the dangers of an oil spill creep closer to the “Anvil City.” For the Northwest Arctic Sub Area Committee, the top of the agenda is keeping Nome like no other place.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Hali Lombardi, a crewmember of Coast Guard Station Valdez, stands with her dog Chloe next to the 45-foot Response Boat-Medium at the station's boat dock in Valdez Harbor, Alaska, Sept. 14, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough.

Shipmate of the Week: Petty Officer 2nd Class Hali Lombardi

Petty Officer 2nd Class Hali Lombardi, a boatswain’s mate at Coast Guard Station Valdez, Alaska, passed her crew member check ride on the station’s 45-foot Response Boat-Medium earlier this week. Although she reported to Alaska only two months ago, this is […]


Members of the Canadian Coast Guard deliver medical supplies to a temporary medical treatment facility set up as part of Arctic Chinook in Kotzebue, Alaska, Aug. 24, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning.

Arctic Chinook 2016

There are “uncharted waters,” and there are uncharted waters up through the Northwest Passage. At the intersection of geography and interests, the Arctic represents a light flashing yellow to increased levels of human activity. A danger foreseen is half-avoided, goes […]


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