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.


Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Cook greets his children after returning to Kodiak, Alaska, after a patrol on Coast Guard Cutter Munro June 16, 2015. The Munro crew's missions include law enforcement, search and rescue, and protection of marine mammals and endangered species. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren W. Steenson

Celebrating Father’s Day with the Coast Guard

We would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all Coast Guard dads!


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 […]


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