Deck Watch: Coast Guardsman empowers Coast Guard families of autistic kids

 SK2 Kristy Harward

March is national Autism Awareness Month and this week Deck Watch speaks with Petty Officer 2nd Class Kristy Harward, a storekeeper with the Coast Guard 17th District, discusses her recent charity effort in Juneau, Alaska. Deck Watch is a weekly five-minute radio show covering Coast Guard news and operations in Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard audio by Coast Guard 17th District Public Affairs. To listen to the show click here.

You can also read more about Harward’s effort here on the blog by clicking here.

In other Coast Guard news:

KullukFeb. 26 – The tug boats Corbin Foss, Ocean Wave and Lauren Foss began the tow of the conical drilling unit Kulluk from Kiliuda Bay near Kodiak Island, Alaska, Tuesday. The tug Guardsman, tug Warrior, Nanuq and Aiviq were also on scene to assist. A safety zone of 1,000-yards has been established around the Kulluk and an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew overflew the area to confirm there were no security concerns as the tow began. The Kulluk is en route to Dutch Harbor to be loaded aboard a heavy lift vessel for transport to Asia where it will undergo repairs.

Feb. 27 – The Coast Guard and the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak signed a memorandum of understanding to improve cooperation between the two governments during a ceremony at Coast Guard Base Kodiak Wednesday. The memorandum formalizes the joint relationship between the two entities to promote positive communication and cooperation on cultural, environmental, and community issues of importance. The 21,000 acres of federal land that constitutes Coast Guard Base Kodiak were originally withdrawn for military use beginning in 1939. These same lands were historically used by the Sun’aq people. Representatives for both governments have been working together for a little over a year to come to an agreement. The Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak is a federally recognized Alaska Native tribal government. Kodiak City and the surrounding area, including the Coast Guard base, is the traditional homeland of its more than 1,600 tribal citizens.

Feb. 28 – This week, for the fourth year in a row, with the Coast Guard’s support Ken Anderson will start his 13th running of the iconic Iditarod sled dog race. Good luck Ken! You can follow Ken’s progress on the Coast Guard Alaska Facebook page beginning this weekend.

Ken Anderson pre-race Iditarod banquet

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