Air Station Kodiak keeps busy

KODIAK, Alaska – Air Station Kodiak aircrews kept busy April 6, 2011, with community relations and search and rescue missions. The Air Station is home to five HC-130 Hercules aircraft and is one of only five Hercules units in the Coast Guard. The cargo plane crews do the heavy lifting in Alaska and support the helicopter crews and many of the Coast Guard’s missions.
KODIAK, Alaska - Coast Guard Lt. Israel Young, an HC-130 Hercules aircraft pilot with Air Station Kodiak, shows a Main Elementary 2nd grade student the attitude direction indicator on board a Hercules April 6, 2011, in Hangar 1 at the air station. Forty elementary students toured the air station to learn about Coast Guard aviation operations and missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

KODIAK, Alaska - Coast Guard Lt. Israel Young, an HC-130 Hercules aircraft pilot with Air Station Kodiak, shows a Main Elementary 2nd grade student the attitude direction indicator on board a Hercules April 6, 2011, in Hangar 1 at the air station. Forty elementary students toured the air station to learn about Coast Guard aviation operations and missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

KODIAK, Alaska - Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. George Cathey, an aircraft commander with Air Station Kodiak, scans the Kulukuk Bay, southwest of Dillingham, for any signs of distress after he and an HC-130 Hercules aircrew were launched for an uncorrelated mayday April 6, 2011. The aircrew did not find any signs of distress after flying for about five hours in 46 mph winds thoroughly conducting a search. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

KODIAK, Alaska - Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. George Cathey, an aircraft commander with Air Station Kodiak, scans the Kulukuk Bay, southwest of Dillingham, for any signs of distress after he and an HC-130 Hercules aircrew were launched for an uncorrelated mayday April 6, 2011. The aircrew did not find any signs of distress after flying for about five hours in 46 mph winds thoroughly conducting a search. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

KODIAK, Alaska - Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Zach Geurtsen, left, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Tom Ferguson, both aviation maintenance technicians with Air Station Kodiak, prepare rescue equipment on board an HC-130 Hercules aircraft April 6, 2011, during a search for the source of an uncorrelated mayday call in the Kulukak Bay southwest of Dillingham. The dropmasters are responsible for deploying life rafts, flares or canisters filled with survival equipment in the event a person needs assistance. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

KODIAK, Alaska - Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Zach Geurtsen, left, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Tom Ferguson, both aviation maintenance technicians with Air Station Kodiak, prepare rescue equipment on board an HC-130 Hercules aircraft April 6, 2011, during a search for the source of an uncorrelated mayday call in the Kulukak Bay southwest of Dillingham. The dropmasters are responsible for deploying life rafts, flares or canisters filled with survival equipment in the event a person needs assistance. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen.

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