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 […]
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.
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.
It’s hard to say just where a Coast Guard career might take you. Although concentrated in the United States, active duty and reserve members serve all over the world. With deployments and reassignments always right around the corner, home isn’t necessarily a place, but more often an idea.
I was the first person in my family to join a service other than the Army; My dad went into the Army, my uncles went into the Army. I was looking for another kind of mission.
Every Spring the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Elderberry drops 18 buoys into the Gastineau Channel. These floating aids to navigation serve as markers for mariners operating on the narrow, shallow Mendenhall River Bar during the busy summer boating season. It’s a preventative measure that stops a lot of search and rescue cases before they even happen, an integral part of the Coast Guard’s mission to protect the safety of life at sea.
Flying into Juneau, Alaska, nearly 3,000 miles from his office in Washington, D.C., Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell got a firsthand taste of Alaska’s winter weather. Buffeted by fierce mountains winds and driving snow, the plane Cantrell rode in from Sitka is denied a chance to land on the frozen runway, and boosts off for a second attempt.
“I’ve always wanted to be a special command aide, but I was nervous about my cooking skills,” said the food service specialist sitting on the other side of the booth in the Juneau federal building’s dining hall. “I didn’t think that I had what it takes.” He couldn’t have been more wrong. You see, Petty Officer 1st Class Sammy Paone is the special command aide for the Coast Guard 17th District, and there’s a lot of evidence that suggests he’s the best there is.
Retired Senior Chief Petty Officer David Hydock recently completed 30 years of service to his country through the Air Force, Alaska Army National Guard and Coast Guard . What is it like to serve for that long, and with so many services? Fortunately, Hydock was able to set aside some time to fill us in on his journey from airman basic to senior chief operations specialist.