100 years after the sinking of the Princess Sophia, Coast Guard works to ensure the tragedy does not repeat itself

Story by Lieutenant Nicholas Capuzzi On the morning of October 26, 1918, the U.S. Lighthouse Tender Cedar approached Vanderbilt Reef in Lynn Canal in order to determine the status of the Canadian passenger steamer Princess Sophia, which had run aground three days […]


Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro completes 34-day Bering Sea patrol

The Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro and crew returned to homeport in Kodiak, Alaska, March 18, after a 34-day patrol in the Bering Sea.   The cutter and crew conducted a multitude of missions including living marine resources, maritime safety, […]


Cutter John McCormick crewmembers assist with Skagway Public Library reading event

 The Skagway Public Library warmly welcomed the crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick, Thursday, to assist with their weekly story time. Children with ages ranging from 1-4 years old gathered in the reading room while the crew, freshly […]


Coast Guard Air Station awards General Services Award for 2017

Air Station Kodiak awarded two Coast Guardsmen for the General Services Award for 2017 – YN3 Kristen Williamson and YN1 Branson Wallace. The General Services Award recognizes individuals for their superb and exemplary service to Coast Guard service members who […]


Unit Spotlight: “Bulldog of the Bering” Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley

Known as the “Bulldog of the Bering,” the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley is 238-feet of heavy steel defending Alaskan and Arctic waters and protecting the lives of sailors braving those tumultuous seas.


Coast Guard smallboat crews train for hot pursuit in Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Small boat pursuit training allows the coxswain and crew members of a small boat to work together in a close quarters situation with another boat at high speeds where extreme precision and teamwork are crucial. This simulates a vessel that is not following a lawful order to stop and trains the crew members in tactics to pursue and stop the vessel. Smallboat crews from the Munro spent time in the classroom before taking their smallboats in the water around Dutch Harbor to gain valuable hands-on experience.


Coast Guard, Alaska Wildlife Troopers team up to enforce maritime law near Kodiak, Alaska

Coast Guard law enforcement teams are trained in federal fisheries laws and inspect vessels to ensure compliance with fishing seasons, permit requirements, gear and catch restrictions, and landing quotas. While conducting this important maritime law enforcement mission in Chiniak and Marmot Bays near Kodiak, a boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR recently discovered a pair of lingcod peeking out from under a tarp on the back deck of a vessel the team was inspecting.


Coast Guard Cutter SPAR forges bonds of goodwill during visit with Port Lions, Alaska, community

While servicing aids to navigation and conducting maritime law enforcement operations in Marmot Bay near Kodiak, Alaska, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR paid a visit to the native village of Port Lions, AK. This is believed to be the first visit by a Coast Guard cutter to the village since its establishment after the Good Friday earthquake of 1964.


Chief Petty Officer Alex Haley was the first African-American journalist in the Coast Guard. He was the editor for Coast Guard publications such as the Outpost and the Helmsman.

African-American History Month: Alex Haley

February celebrates the strides of African-Americans throughout history. Many influential figures contributed to the progress of African-American culture in the United States. One of the most well known African-American figures in Coast Guard history is Chief Petty Officer Alex Haley.


Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Rosenthal, the Alaska Coast Guard Reservist of the Year, speaks at the Armed Services YMCA 39th Annual Salute to the Military in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 20, 2016. Rosenthal was selected to represent the Armed Services award recipients on stage. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning)

2015 Coast Guard 17th District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year

Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Rosenthal, a reserve maritime enforcement specialist, was named the 2015 17th District Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year and was recognized at the Armed Services YMCA 39th Annual Salute to the Military in Anchorage, Alaska, February 20, 2016.


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