Chief Petty Officer Alex Haley was the first African-American journalist in the Coast Guard. He was the editor for Coast Guard publications such as the Outpost and the Helmsman.

African-American History Month: Alex Haley

February celebrates the strides of African-Americans throughout history. Many influential figures contributed to the progress of African-American culture in the United States. One of the most well known African-American figures in Coast Guard history is Chief Petty Officer Alex Haley.


African American History Month: Food Service Specialist 2nd Class Lee Johnson

Every February, the Coast Guard joins the nation in celebrating African American History Month. From Alex Haley to Jacob Lawrence, African American Coast Guardsmen have contributed to both their communities and the arts. At Marine Safety Office Valdez, Alaska, Petty Officer 2nd Class Lee Johnson continues that proud tradition for both the service and his family by pursuing the culinary arts.


D. Winifred Byrd and Julia Mosley stand proudly in front of a SPARs poster. African-American women were admitted into the SPARs in 1945. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

African-American History Month: SPAR

Coast Guard Cutter SPAR is a sea-going buoy tender homeported in Kodiak, Alaska. Its name is in honor of the first women to join the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve created November 23, 1942, also known as the SPARs. It wasn’t until February of 1945 that the first African-American women were admitted into the Coast Guard and able to serve as SPARs.


Captain Michael A. Healy, the only African American to have a command or commission in any of the Coast Guard’s predecessor services, commanded the cutter Bear from 1887 to 1895.

African-American History Month: Capt. Michael “Hell Roaring Mike” Healy

This week we honor one of the most notable captain’s in Coast Guard history, Capt. Michael “Hell Roaring Mike” Healy. Even to this day he is a legend in the Coast Guard , not just for being the first African-American to command a U.S. Government vessel, but for his involvement in enforcing federal law along Alaska’s 20,000 mile coastline as the Captain of the Revenue Cutter Bear.


African-American Heroes of Alaska’s Coast Guard

The history of African-Americans within the Coast Guard extends more than 130 years and spans every ocean across the globe, and that includes the Arctic and Pacific waters off the coast of Alaska. Black Coast Guard men and women have sailed the freezing seas and soared through the howling, northern skies since Alaska’s earliest days as a U.S. territory, many of them going on to leave an indelible mark on the service and strengthening the proud legacy of African-American heroes to the nation.


Chief Petty Officer Spencer Wilson pauses for a photo by Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley in Kodiak, Alaska, Feb. 13, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings.

African American History Month: DCC Spencer Wilson

African American History Month is an annual celebration in February to recognize the achievements and central role by African Americans in U.S. history. In honor of Black History month, five members of Coast Guard 17th District will be featured throughout the month. The first installment features Chief Petty Officer Spencer Wilson, a damage controlman stationed aboard Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley in Kodiak, Alaska.