Lessons in LeadHERship

Coast Guard members from throughout Alaska arrived to the 17th District offices in Juneau for a conference to discuss leadership, issues and concerns facing women in the service March 24.


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.


African American History Month: Food Service Specialist 2nd Class Lee Johnson

Every February, the Coast Guard joins the nation in celebrating African American History Month. From Alex Haley to Jacob Lawrence, African American Coast Guardsmen have contributed to both their communities and the arts. At Marine Safety Office Valdez, Alaska, Petty Officer 2nd Class Lee Johnson continues that proud tradition for both the service and his family by pursuing the culinary arts.


Saving Lives at the Top of the World

The Iñupiat of Barrow have a history on the waters of the Arctic that can be traced back 1500 years. They owe their survival to the skills they’ve acquired subsisting off the sea’s bounty, and those skills include what they’ve learned about safety. That’s why the people of Barrow welcomed Rear Adm. Dan Abel, commander, USCG 17th District, other Coast Guard personnel and representatives of the Alaska Office of Boating Safety when they brought the Kids Don’t Float education program to the northernmost community in the United States Feb. 3.


Ken Weber, Heather Davis, Amanda McGowen and Jessica Borden proudly display certificates of completion upon their graduation from the Coast Guard Ombudsmen Program training course in Juneau, Alaska, Jan. 29, 2016. Betsy Longenbaugh, D17 Ombudsman Coordinator (far right,) conducted the training, which prepares ombudsmen to provide aid and services to Coast Guard families. USCG photo.

Friends of the Coast Guard Family

Among the five branches of the U.S. military, it’s no secret that Coast Guard deployments usually allow members to spend more time close to home with family and friends. However, many crews and personnel are often called upon to protect America’s shores or explore the Arctic seas for months at a time and, when that happens, Coast Guard ombudsmen are there to keep them connected to their loved ones.


Have gun – will travel: PCS moves cause firearms transport conundrum

It should come as no surprise then that many Coast Guard members, especially those serving in Alaska, own personal firearms. With another transfer season right around the corner, many Coast Guard personnel might be wondering how to safely and securely transport their weapons to their new units. Fortunately, the Gunner’s Mates at Sector Anchorage have some advice.


Community partnerships promoted during Coast Guard, ADEC visit to Nome, Alaska

Members of the Coast Guard Sector Anchorage response department and Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation traveled to Nome, Alaska, to meet with state, local, tribal and industry stakeholders Dec. 1-3.


Hitchin’ a ride: AK Air National Guard gives Coast Guard a lift as FOL Deadhorse shutters

Personnel from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, hitched a ride home from Forward Operating Location Deadhorse aboard a C-17 Globemaster III airplane courtesy of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 249th Airlift Squadron Oct. 14, 2015.


JUNEAU, Alaska - Petty Officer James Formosa stands ready on the bow of a Coast Guard 47-foot motor life boat to provide cooling water during a boat fire in Thomas Basin, Ketchikan June 27, 2005.. The Coast Guard crew assisted the Ketchikan Fire Department and provided security. USCG photo.

Smoke on the water; Coast Guard reminds boaters of onboard fire safety

Boating plays a vital role in Alaska and, in many instances, a vessel serves as both a means of making a living and a floating home away from home. Like any other home in Alaska, the cabin of a boat can often provide a warm refuge during cold weather, but mariners may become complacent to fire hazards onboard.


Coast Guard Lt. Rven Garcia, a fishing vessel examiner for Sector Anchorage, Alaska, prepares to board a fishing vessel in Port Moller, near Cold Bay June 5, 2015. Coast Guard personnel from the Sector Anchorage prevention department became the first Coast Guardsmen to conduct exams in Port Moller when they visited June 2-5. U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by USCG Sector AnchorageInline

A harbor less anchored; Coast Guard vessel examiners pay first visit to Port Moller’s Gentleman’s Fleet

Located approximately 100 miles northeast of Cold Bay, Port Moller is home to the “Gentleman’s Fleet,” a flotilla of approximately 40 fishing vessels whose crews travel to the port from all over the U.S. to harvest red and silver salmon every summer. The fleet takes its name from a cordial working relationship cultivated by several generations of crews looking out for one another while fishing out of the port, but that doesn’t mean these princes of the Alaska Peninsula welcomed the Coast Guard with open arms.


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