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.”


Mike Folkerts, a Coast Guard 17th District boating safety expert, disembarks a personal watercraft during a safety class at Auke Lake in Juneau, Alaska, June 1, 2014. Folkerts offered a Coast Guard perspective on the training for Juneau residents, which was hosted by the City of Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

Little boat, big water

What do you picture when you think about maritime traffic in Alaska? Is it crab fishermen on the Bering Sea? Or maybe cruise ships navigating the islands of Southeast Alaska? Oil tankers leaving Price William Sound? Whatever it is, it […]


KODIAK, Alaska - Petty Officer 3rd Class Zane Farrington, a Coast Guard Base Kodiak police officer, stands by a patrol car at Base Kodiak before starting a patrol May 17, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

Honoring those keeping us safe

Kodiak is home to one of five Coast Guard police departments. May 15 is Peace Officer Memorial Day and National Police Week is celebrated the same week. We take the time to recognize this small group of law enforcement professionals for all that they do to keep their fellow Coast Guardsmen and local communities safe.


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Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers train for safety at sea

Charlie Medlicott, the Coast Guard District 17 commercial fishing vessel safety examiner in Unalaska, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jake Vickers of Marine Safety Detahcment Unalaska conducted safety training with the crew of the 156-foot Alaska State Trooper patrol vessel […]