Alaska Coast Guardsman of the year honored

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Belisle, aviation survival technician, Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, stands for a photo with Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski and Army General Charles Jacoby, commander, USNORTHCOM and NORAD, at the 36th Armed Services YMCA of Alaska Annual Salute to the Military in Anchorage, Alaska, Feb. 15, 2013.
Belisle was recognized as the Alaska Coast Guardsman of the year at the yearly event that recognizes outstanding military members in Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Belisle, an aviation survival technician at Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, was recognized as the Alaska Coast Guardsman of the year at the 36th Armed Services YMCA of Alaska Annual Salute to the Military in Anchorage, Alaska, Friday.

Belisle was recognized for having flown 234 hours, responded to 12 search and rescue cases and is credited with saving six lives. 

He also coordinated and led annual survival training for over 80 Coast Guard personnel.

Off duty, Belisle has volunteered hundreds of hours with the Boy Scouts of America, the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association where he taught cold-water survival skills to youngsters in Sitka.  Additionally he is a coach for a local youth sports league

As a member of the Air Station Sitka engineering department, Belisle stands rescue swimmer duty and helps maintain three MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters. 

Belisle grew up in Worcester, Mass., and began his Coast Guard career in 1999 at Station Morro Bay, Calif.