>Alex Haley sailors earn Arctic Service Medal for recent patrol

>On a cold and rainy November day in Kodiak Capt. Michael Inman, Coast Guard 17th District Response Chief, made the trip from Juneau to present the crew with the Arctic Service Medal on board the Alex Haley at the Coast Guard pier in Kodiak.

The crew assembled on the flight deck in their rank and file by department. The Air Station Kodiak personnel that were deployed as an aviation detachment with an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter during the patrol were included too.

Following the official presentation Inman discussed the Arctic mission and emphasized the crew’s importance to that mission.

The crew received the medal for serving more than 21 days above the Arctic Circle on their most recent patrol on Friday, Nov. 20, 2009. The unit crossed 66:33’N latitude line at 0200 on Sept. 11, 2009 and remained north of 66:33’N until crossing again at 0300 on Oct. 2, 2009. They are the only medium endurance cutter in the fleet to have earned the medal.

They’ll be underway again soon!

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