Ramping Up Community Service

Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crewmembers (L-R) Lt. Cmdr R. Brian Chambers, Ensign Andrew Jaeger, Cmdr. Stephen white, Ensign Kristin Euchler, Ensign Joel Hill, and Lt. Michael Adams pose with longtime Adak resident Mary Price after constructing a railing for the ramp of her home Aug. 22, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crewmembers (L-R) Lt. Cmdr R. Brian Chambers, Ensign Andrew Jaeger, Cmdr. Stephen white, Ensign Kristin Euchler, Ensign Joel Hill, and Lt. Michael Adams pose with longtime Adak resident Mary Price after constructing a railing for the ramp of her home Aug. 22, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Story by Ensign Kristin Euchler

Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crewmembers have always been supportive of the communities they visit, and their recent port call in Adak, Alaska has been no different. Crewmembers gathered to construct a railing for a local Adak elder, Mary Prince Aug. 22, 2014. After Mary’s recent heart surgery, locals helped build her home a ramp leading to the front door for easier access, but worried about her safety during Adak’s harsh winters. With tools and lumber provided by the community center, team Alex Haley got to work constructing a wooden railing on both sides of the ramp, complete with braces at each end for stability. Several Adak locals stopped by during construction to thank the crew for assisting their longtime resident and much loved Mary Prince, who also expressed her deepest thanks. Ms. Prince was given an Alex Haley watch cap and was recognized as an honorary crewmember.

Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crewmembers perform for Adak community members Aug. 22, 2014.

Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crewmembers perform for Adak community members Aug. 22, 2014.

Our commitment to community outreach didn’t end there. Musicians aboard the Alex Haley banded together in Adak to put on a concert. Days prior to pulling into Adak, we sent a flyer to the community advertising “The Adak-Bulldog Bash”. By the time of our arrival, news of the event was buzzing all over town. The concert was packed; audience members included the Mayor of Adak, city manager, harbormaster, the United States Fish & Wildlife Service of Adak Branch Manager, and nearly 40 other citizens of the 80 person town. “The Adak-Bulldog Bash” featured six musicians, Ensign Cameron King and Ensign Christopher Varrichio on electric keyboard, Petty Officer 1st Class Brandon Hayward and Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Godfrey on electric bass, Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Montgomery and Seaman Joseph Gallagher on acoustic guitar, and Seaman Samuel Brown on the violin. The event was a spectacular success and proved to be the perfect opportunity for Alex Haley crewmembers to immerse themselves within the Adak community. The cutter Alex Haley is a 282- foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Kodiak, Alaska.

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