>National Night Out

>As a Coastal Guardian and Vessel Inspector, I interact with members of the Juneau maritime community on a regular basis; as a Coastie living in Juneau, I’m fortunate to live among the phenomenal Juneauites and relish in the pleasantries of this great city. Both of these, exclusively, bring me tremendous joy; however, to engage with the community in a neighborly manner while also promoting the role of the CG in Southeast Alaska, is an experience every Coastie would undoubtedly relish.

On Tuesday, August 3rd, Juneau, in conjunction with communities throughout the United States and the World, held its Annual National Night Out (NNO) event. Although communities have been celebrating NNO for the past 27 years, Juneau has participated the last 3 years. National Night Out is a unique, annual crime and drug prevention event that facilitates community partnerships, both between neighbors and with local law enforcement agencies. Last year, 36.7 million people in 14,625 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide participated in the event. This year, in Juneau, 15 neighborhood communities throughout Juneau, from Lena Point to the Bergman hotel participated in NNO with block parties, cookouts andyouth programs; the Coast Guard was one of many local law enforcement agencies that participated by visiting each of those community events.

Here in Juneau, myself along with a handful of my shipmates and local law enforcement and response agencies, including the Juneau Police and Fire Departments, spread like blue waves of cheer throughout Juneau communities to spread the word of boating safety. Sector’s Law Enforcement team, often a disdained sight in our channels, were welcomed with open arms to community block parties. Vessel inspectors, such as myself, and members of the CG Auxiliary, we also welcomed as we dispersed coloring books, whistles, and signaling mirrors to children. Engaging with members of the local community and fostering community and law enforcement relations ws truly a heartwarming and enlightening experience!

I am optimistic that in the coming years, community involvement along with Coastie involvement will steadily increase! Here’s to many years of positive Coastie-Community interaction!!

LTJG Salomee G. Fisher