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 Alex Haley makes way to homeport in Kodiak, Alaska

Coast Guard, Arctic Wind crew emphasize safety, training

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen Alaska’s unpredictable weather and notoriously rough seas can be unforgiving. This resonates loudly for two crewmembers aboard the fishing vessel Arctic Wind who narrowly escaped death on January 22, 2018.   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 […]


Delivery of life saving actions

Helping others is something that’s ingrained in all that wear the Coast Guard uniform. For many, it’s the very reason for joining the service and is the most fundamental condition of the job. On an early Tuesday morning, Petty Officer […]


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.


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.


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.


Rescue highlights the importance of being prepared for worst case scenarios in Alaskan waters

Anyone who has plied the waters of Alaska can attest to the many dangers facing mariners, and the rescue of five crewmen aboard the fishing vessel Western Venture, Oct. 20, has cast new light upon the importance of being prepared […]


Safest Fourth of July weekend in Alaska since 1998

Since the Alaska Office of Boating Safety was established in 1998, it has kept a watchful eye over the Alaska boating community. The state organization and the Coast Guard 17th District’s office of boating safety track recreational boating fatalities to […]


Coast Guard conducts winter awareness training in Kodiak

  The family motto of the Starks of Winterfell, from the novel “A Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin, is “winter is coming,” which is a prelude to not only a change of season, but a time of […]


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