Coast Guardsman raised in Juneau, Alaska, patrols north of Arctic Circle

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Sayer, a storekeeper, orders supplies and parts for the ship and stands helm watch on the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf in the Arctic Ocean, Sept. 12, 2012. The Bertholf is on patrol in the Arctic as part of the Coast Guard’s operation Artic Shield mission. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Sayer , a storekeeper on the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, deployed Aug. 21 with the ship to the Arctic Ocean as part of the Coast Guard’s Operation Arctic Shield mission.

Sayer is a supply petty officer, who is responsible for logistical planning and ordering parts and supplies for the ship. He is a master helmsman able to stear the Bertholf in and out of ports.

Operation Arctic Shield 2012 will give the Coast Guard and Bertholf an opportunity to test capabilities to ensure the right resources are available to conduct maritime safety and security operations in the region.

“Being part of Operation Arctic Shield has been a unique opportunity, being the first National Security cutter to be deployed in this area,” said Sayer. “This has been a once in a lifetime mission and I feel honored to be in involved in paving the way for future missions in the Arctic region.”

In U.S. waters, the Coast Guard has a responsibility to conduct its 11 statutory missions. During Operation Arctic Shield it will focus on: ports, waterways and coastal security; search and rescue; aids to navigation; living marine resources; marine safety; defense readiness; marine environmental protection; ice operations and law enforcement.

The Coast Guard is the nation’s lead federal agency for ensuring maritime safety, security and stewardship and will be a leader in the advancement of U.S. national interests in the Arctic maritime domain.

It is dedicated to ensuring the protection of the Arctic maritime environment and of all those who depend upon it.

The Coast Guard has a long and proud history of working in Alaska dating back to the Revenue Cutter Service as late as the 1860’s. Alaska Native partners are a vital part of Operation Arctic Shield and the Coast Guard values their knowledge and expertise to reach common goals.

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