National Safe Boating week is the launch of the 2017 North American Safe Boating Campaign. This yearlong campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters through the national theme, Wear It!

Wind down from National Safe Boating Week; Gear up for summer fun!

As National Safe Boating Week winds down, we are gearing up for summer fun! As the summer months bring in warmer weather, maritime activity on the water increases exponentially. With more boaters on the water, the chance for maritime accidents, or boaters in distress, rises. These accidents can happen at a moment’s notice and the best way to make sure you, your friends and family, have an enjoyable time on the water is through the proactive mindset of boating safety knowledge and preparation.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


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.


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 […]


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