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 […]


Coast Guard teaches Army shallow water egress training at Fort Wainwright, Alaska

Whether it’s a car rolling off a pier or a helicopter crashing into a lake, scenes of sinking vehicles with passengers trapped inside are a common trope in television and cinema. These scenarios are often inspired by real life events […]


Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returns home after lengthy Bering Sea patrol

  The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returned to their homeport in Kodiak Wednesday after completing training and inspections in Washington and a lengthy patrol to provide a search and rescue and law enforcement resource for the domestic […]


The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley underway in the Bering Sea while escorting the fishing vessel Pacific Glacier to Dutch Harbor after a shipboard fire Feb. 26, 2008. U.S. Coast Guard photo by petty officer 1st Class Kurt Fredrickson.

Kodiak-based cutter crew earns high marks for weapons system management

The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley is affectionately known as the Bulldog of the Bering. The crew’s primary missions include search and rescue, living marine resources, port, waterways and coastal security and other law enforcement activities. The Alex Haley is […]


Coast Guardsman spears world record in Kodiak

On the morning of the Aug. 24, Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Joca, the engineering and maintenance branch chief at Coast Guard Base Kodiak, and his friend set out to enjoy a day full of recreational spear-fishing. Joca, a relative newcomer to […]


Alaska Coast Guard members train to provide support for victims of sexual assault

By PA1 Shawn Eggert The problems of sexual assault and harassment are ones that, unfortunately, affect too many military service members and the Coast Guard is no exception.  After such a traumatic and unsettling event, victims are often in need […]


Coast Guard Auxiliary makes first visit to remote Kodiak Island village

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary sailed to Old Harbor to bring their safe boating message, a supply of children’s life jackets, and a friendly robot to the village July 28-29. The centerpiece of the Auxiliary outreach, Coastie the […]


Ombusdmen and command representatives from the Coast Guard Cutters Munro, SPAR and Alex Haley and the Coast Guard Communication Station stand for a photo at the annual Ombudsmen Appreciation Luncheon in Kodiak, Alaska, March 26, 2013. Coast Guard ombudsmen provide a vital information and resources link between Coast Guard families and the units to which their loved ones are assigned. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

Honoring the Coast Guard ombudsmen

  Tuesday was Ombudsman Appreciation Day across the Coast Guard.  Here in Alaska, we would like to take the opportunity to honor all those who have served or are currently serving as a unit ombudsman. An ombudsman is an official […]


Coast Guard proudly sponsors Iditarod musher

Members of the Coast Guard often fulfill a lifelong dream by joining the service.  The road to realizing that dream often begins in a person’s youth, when inspiration provides a starting point towards that lifelong dream. For Ken Anderson, his […]


KODIAK, Alaska - Kodiak-based mariners work together in an attempt to slow and stop flooding in a Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak damage control trainer during a training exercise in Kodiak April 2, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

MSD Kodiak SERVS up damage control

  Ice cold water spews from a broken pipe. Two mariners rush to the site with patches and wedges to attempt to slow and stop the leak. As they work together to secure the leaking pipe, there is another eruption […]


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