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.


Medevac Feature Photo

The Last Frontier: Flight Surgeon

In just the first seven months of 2014, Coast Guard 17th District crews performed 99 medevacs and non-maritime medical transports. No two of these vital rescue missions look the same. From skiffs, to cargo ships, to fishing boats, to small Southeast Alaska villages, the locations and platforms are as diverse as the ailments and injuries. Just as eclectic are the responding assets: one day an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, the next day a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium.