Springfield, Ore., native runs Arctic Ocean clinic

Chief Lonnie Douglas, the corpsman on the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, stands duty in the ship’s sick bay as the ship is underway in the Arctic Ocean as part of the Operation Arctic Shield mission, Aug. 26, 2012. The corpsman is responsible for the overall health of the crew and is able to prescibe approved medications as well as administer first aid. They also provide aid during critical personnel casualties. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo.

Chief Petty Officer Lonnie Douglas, a corpsman 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.

Douglas is responsible for the wellness of the crew and is available to treat acute injuries as well as triage and provide advanced first aid.

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.

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 1915. Alaska Native partners are a vital part of Operation Arctic Shield and the Coast Guard values their knowledge and expertise to reach common goals.

For more imagery from Arctic Shield 2012, please visit www.cgvi.uscg.mil.

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