Unrest to refuge

“I remember the Guerillas coming to my home, pointing a gun at my mother demanding our chickens,” said Lt. Marvin Peña, recounting his few memories growing up in El Salvador. “It was guerilla warfare — no place for a child.”


Take 5 to be there, suicide prevention is a life-long process

By: Jody Carman, District 17 Employee Assistance Program Coordinator in Kodiak, Alaska September marks National Suicide Prevention Awareness month and it’s a time for people to remember that prevention is a life-long process and being there for others is a […]


Coast Guard participates in Operation Arctic Care 2018

Story by: Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen and Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Dean. Coast Guardsmen stationed across Alaska answered the call to work alongside Department of Defense personnel to provide medical care to remote Alaskans living above the […]


Women empowering women – a top down perspective

by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Dean Sudden shifts in climate, unforgiving seas, and snowcaps everywhere. Life in Alaska requires a different breed of person to adapt and truly thrive in its wilderness and waters, both of which are as […]


Coast Guard charges owner of derelict fishing vessel Alaska Patriot

The Coast Guard has initiated a Class I Civil Penalty against the owner of the vessels Alaska Patriot and Alaska Pioneer after the Alaska Patriot was left adrift and derelict approximately 172 miles south of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, in December 2017.


Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter returns home after living marine resources protection mission in the Bering Sea

ALAMEDA, Calif.—An Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter returned home to Alameda, Tuesday afternoon, after a successful 63-day deployment protecting living marine resources among the fishing fleets in the Bering Sea. The 126-person crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf conducted 26 […]


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 […]


Unit Spotlight: Civil Engineering Unit Juneau

The need for engineering support in The Last Frontier was first established when the U.S. Lighthouse Service was incorporated into the United States Coast Guard in 1939. Twelve operating light stations in the Southeast represented prominent infrastructure in the settlement […]


Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory celebrate after winning the tug-o-war competition. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jon-Paul Rios.

Buoy Tender Roundup 2016

During this years Annual Buoy Tender Roundup (BTR), hosted by the Coast Guard 17th District in Juneau, Alaska, from Aug. 15-19, U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard members received specialized training in areas such as engine repair, buoy maintenance, first aid, navigation, weather observation and fisheries. Seven U.S. Coast Guard and Canadian buoy tenders, stationed throughout Alaska and the Pacific Northwest participated including the Coast Guard Cutters Maple, Hickory, Fir, Sycamore, Elderberry, Anthony Petit and the Canadian coast guard ship Bartlett.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Abel Marquez, a crewmember at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, participates in firearms training on an Army simulator at Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson. The laser-based simulator provides the marksman with an approximation of the weapon’s sound, weight and recoil. U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning

Coast Guard sights in on Army’s firearms simulator

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, had the opportunity to conduct training at the Army’s firearms simulator at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Although Coast Guard members participate in similar training upon joining the Coast Guard, most units solely use live-fire ranges to practice and qualify as marksmen.


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