The Last Frontier: First Rescue Flight

On July 17, 2015, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremy Reed, an avionics electrical technician at Air Station Sitka, embarked on his first search and rescue case since joining the Coast Guard in September of 2008. At around 2 pm, Air Station Sitka was notified of a plane crash in the vicinity of Point Couverden, north of Sitka—Flight 202.


Students warm up to cold water safety

SITKA, Alaska – Since 2007, an average of 50 drownings has occurred every year in Alaska. This is the highest rate of drownings in the country. To make a change, Sitka School District partners annually with Alaska Marine Safety Education […]


The Last Frontier: Team Sitka

Coming from two completely different worlds, in terms of training and daily operations, it’s the ability to help each other accomplish their missions that make the two units a perfect match. As long as they’re able to safeguard mariners in Southeast Alaska, everyone is happy.


Air Station Sitka, Alaska, Petty Officer named 2014 Coast Guard Clinic Health Service Technician of the Year

It’s no secret that the U.S. Coast Guard is devoted to rescuing others from harm but, even within an organization filled with lifesavers, there are those who make the health and well-being of others their number one priority. Every year, the Coast Guard honors a select few members from among its health service technicians for outstanding performance and dedication. This year, the 17th District and Air Station Sitka, Alaska, are proud to say it can count the Coast Guard’s Clinic Health Services Technician of the Year for 2014 from among its own.


Cookin’ with Coasties: FS3 Brandon Coomer

Cookin’ with Coasties is a series that features food specialists stationed at Coast Guard units throughout Alaska, and recipes to their favorite meals they prepare for their crews. Providing three square meals a day to the hard working men and […]


The 441-foot Russian freight vessel Simushir adrift after losing propulsion along the coastline of the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, with 11 personnel aboard and an estimated 168,000 gallons of fuel. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Adrift in Canadian waters

With Alaskan waters bordering Canada in both the north and south, it’s no surprise that the U.S. and Canadian coast guards work hand-in-hand, training together annually to respond to maritime emergencies. Unpredictable Arctic weather presents complex challenges, and both countries occasionally rely on one another to provide a helping hand.


The Last Frontier: Flight Surgeon

In just the first seven months of 2014, Coast Guard 17th District crews performed 99 medevacs and non-maritime medical transports. No two of these vital rescue missions look the same. From skiffs, to cargo ships, to fishing boats, to small Southeast Alaska villages, the locations and platforms are as diverse as the ailments and injuries. Just as eclectic are the responding assets: one day an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, the next day a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium.


Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Ferreira "A" school photo, 1986.

A new albatross takes flight

Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Ferreira assumes the responsibilities as the ninth Coast Guard Enlisted Ancient Albatross while performing the duties as the command master chief of Air Station Sitka, Alaska.


Coast Guard aircrew recognized for 2013 Southeast Alaska rescue

Coast Guard helicopter crews train constantly to perform difficult search and rescue missions that are a part of their daily lives. From extensive, days-long searches, to gripping rescue operations during medical emergencies at sea, nothing is quite routine for our […]


Run to Remember Kodiak

Alaska runs to remember

A group of Juneau Coast Guardsmen and residents huddle at the starting line of the 2013 Run to Remember. Standing in the chilly rain, the shivering participants look ready to kick off the race, but first there is something that […]


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