Innovation from a life at sea

From machinery technicians to boatswain’s mates, all have an equally important role in aids to navigation work. Known among mariners as ATON, it’s an integral part of living and working on a Coast Guard buoy tender in Alaska that consists […]


Coast Guard participates in Operation Arctic Care 2018

Story by: Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen and Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Dean. Coast Guardsmen stationed across Alaska answered the call to work alongside Department of Defense personnel to provide medical care to remote Alaskans living above the […]


Coast Guard Cutter SPAR conducts winter patrol

During a recent winter patrol, the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR crew stayed busy. We’d like to take you on their recent voyage around Kodiak Island. Coast Guard Cutter SPAR crewmembers conducted a burial at sea near Kodiak, Alaska. Petty Officer 1st […]


Petty Officer 2nd Class Christine Parham, a health services technician at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, is one of the few paramedics in the Coast Guard. After joining in 2013 and training in Cape May, New Jersey, Parham begged to come to Kodiak to be an Aviation Mission Specialist. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Meredith Manning and Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Steenson

Coast Guard flight paramedic provides higher level of care in Alaska

Wearing a bright orange drysuit and large blue helmet while carrying gear that looks to weigh twice as much as she does, a small-framed, 5-foot coastguardsman rushes to the waiting helicopter. She throws her gear in and takes her seat amongst the rest of the crew. Though not in her job description, she prepares to take flight on a search and rescue case in the last frontier.


MSD Kodiak personnel move between two containers at the Horizon Lines Terminal in Kodiak during a container inspection.

Unit Spotlight: Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak

Marine Safety Detachment (MSD) Kodiak is located on the island of Kodiak, near St. Paul Harbor. The crew is responsible for commercial fishing vessel examinations, marine casualty investigations, pollution response, waterfront facility inspections, regulatory oversight and enforcement of federal vessels, […]


Lt. Paul Johansen stands in front of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in Alaska.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Paul Johansen

It’s a story that sounds as if it were pulled right from the movies. High winds, rough seas, a rescue helicopter low on fuel and a crew determined to save a life. But the danger was real for the Kodiak, Alaska-based Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew on a mission to save the life of a cargo vessel crewman.


Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak, 2017

Unit spotlight: Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak

Every mariner who takes to the sea plots their course and navigates day and night, through storms or calm seas with one constant to rely on; navigational aids. The Coast Guard has been committed to keeping the maritime community safe by maintaining navigational aids since the first American lighthouse was illuminated in Boston Harbor in 1716. The United States placed its first aids to navigation in Alaskan waters in 1884.


Unit Spotlight: Civil Engineering Unit Juneau

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 […]


The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley patrols the North Pacific in support of Operation Arctic Shield 2015. The main objective of Operation Arctic Shield is to enhance and improve preparedness, prevention and response capabilities due to increasing human activity in the Arctic. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jesse Kristofferson)

75 days patrolling the Last Frontier

The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returned to their homeport of Kodiak, Alaska, Jan. 22, 2017, after a 75-day patrol. The cutter’s path took her 10,000 miles through the Bering Sea.


Three Coast Guard police officers stand next to the police car at Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Alaska, May 12, 2016. The Kodiak Coast Guard military police have an area of responsibility of over 20,000 acres. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Steenson.

National Police Week 2016: Coast Guard Base Kodiak military police

As we honor our nation’s law enforcement officers during National Police Week, May 15-21, we are highlighting the Coast Guard’s very own police officers here in Kodiak, Alaska.


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