Coast Guard personnel take a group photo with a seven-person Chinese working group after discussing Operation North Pacific Guard.

Coast Guard hosts seven-person Chinese working group in support of Operation North Pacific Guard

In support of the Unitied Nations resolution to prevent the use of large scale drift net fishing on the high seas, in 1993, the U.S. Coast Guard signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding with the (now) China Coast Guard to […]


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.


The Sergents

Military Family Month: Meet the Sergents

It’s hard to say just where a Coast Guard career might take you. Although concentrated in the United States, active duty and reserve members serve all over the world. With deployments and reassignments always right around the corner, home isn’t necessarily a place, but more often an idea.


Boom feature photo

Here comes the boom

You can’t just walk into Kotzebue. It’s not that easy. The little city is out on the northern tip of Baldwin Peninsula, 30 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where the sun never sets in late June.


Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Belisle, a rescue swimmer from Air Station Sitka, Alaska, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Walters, a crew member at Aids to Navigation Team Sitka, help students into a life raft during a cold water safety program in Sitka, May 14, 2015. Coast Guard members partner with Alaska Marine Safety Education Association and the Sitka School District annually to teach students about cold water survival. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jason Condon)

Students warm up to cold water safety

SITKA, Alaska – Since 2007, an average of 50 drownings has occurred every year in Alaska. This is the highest rate of drownings in the country. To make a change, Sitka School District partners annually with Alaska Marine Safety Education […]


D17 Large-feature

A Bear With No Name

The polar bear, in its regal white coat, is as recognizably a part of the Arctic as perhaps any other symbol. It’s a tough creature, evolved very specifically from its southern kinfolk to survive in the world’s harshest environment.


OUZINKIE FEATURE

Making connections with Ouzinkie community

SPAR regularly visits local villages in her area of responsibility to gather information on local needs and in support of Coast Guard District Seventeen’s goal of remaining connected to the communities they serve.


Coast Guard launches boat in Nome, Alaska

When the Coast Guard comes to town

At 165 degrees 25 minutes west longitude, Nome, Alaska, is about as west as a person can get on the North American continent. The city lives up to the location. Modern day prospectors toil for gold in the shadows of age-old mining dredges.


Alaska's Coast Guard Auxiliary, volunteer lifesavers of The Last Frontier

Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates 75th anniversary

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a volunteer organization made up of more than 30,000 men and women across the U.S. with more than 420 members volunteering in the state of Alaska. Today, the Coast […]


The Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau and China coast guard vessel 2102 steam alongside each other during the transfer of the fishing vessel Yin Yuan in the North Pacific Ocean June 3, 2014. The Morgenthau crew was patrolling in support of Operation North Pacific Guard, the Coast Guard's component of a multi-lateral fisheries law enforcement operation designed to detect and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activity. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau.

Operation North Pacific Guard

Churning beneath the tumultuous surface of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska is the life-blood of a multi-billion-dollar industry. The scaly, slimy and sometimes spiny natural resource plays a major part in feeding people all over the world, and […]


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