Meet the Champ

“I’ve always wanted to be a special command aide, but I was nervous about my cooking skills,” said the food service specialist sitting on the other side of the booth in the Juneau federal building’s dining hall. “I didn’t think that I had what it takes.” He couldn’t have been more wrong. You see, Petty Officer 1st Class Sammy Paone is the special command aide for the Coast Guard 17th District, and there’s a lot of evidence that suggests he’s the best there is.


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 […]


Petty Officer 3rd Class Keven Narvaez prepares for Thanksgiving.

A taste of home for the holidays

While many Coast Guard members are not able to be at home with their friends and family, units across the country try to bring a taste of the holidays to their shipmates. Petty Officer 3rd Class Keven Narvaez shares with us his experiences as he prepared to share the holidays with his crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley in Kodiak, Alaska.


Cookin’ with Coasties: FS3 Victor De La Mora

A stint in Alaska is like a rite of passage for many Coast Guard members and one of the latest to experience its challenges is Petty Officer 3rd Class Victor De La Mora, a food service specialist aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, homeported in Homer.


FS3 Justin Kennelly prepares Shrimp Etouffee aboard the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR at Base Kodiak, Alaska, Nov. 13, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

Cookin’ with Coasties: FS3 Justin Kennelly

Cooking in a galley can present its challenges. Deciding each recipe to make with the ingredients at hand, prepping numerous components and eventually preparing the actual meal three times a day, there’s a lot that goes into the final product. Now imagine doing all of that in 15-foot seas.


Cookin’ with Coasties: FS1 Sammy Paone

If there’s one misconception that exists about the Coast Guard’s food service specialists, it’s probably that their only responsibilities are in the galley, cooking. For Petty Officer 1st Class Sammy Paone, the special command aide at Coast Guard 17th District in Juneau, Alaska, firing up the range to make homemade meals is only a fragment of his overall job.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Anderson pauses for a photo aboard Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur, Oct. 21, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Cookin’ with Coasties: FS2 Aaron Anderson

One crewmember aboard Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat homeported in Ketchikan, Alaska, is food specialist Aaron Anderson. Anderson shares his favorite recipe and what it takes to be a successful chef in the Coast Guard.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Denton, a food service specialist aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang, prepares lunch for his shipmates in Seward, Alaska, Oct. 15, 2014. Food service specialists in the Coast Guard can receive a wide variety of specialized culinary training from cooking to food presentation and kitchen management. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Cookin’ with Coasties: FS2 Mark Denton

It’s been said an army marches on its stomach, but the Coast Guard is no exception. Without nutritious food and stocked larders, Coast Guard crews would be unable to conduct operations while underway for extended periods of time, so it’s up to food service specialists like Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Denton of the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang to make sure their shipmates are well fed and provisioned before heading out to sea.


SNFS Austin Reed prepares a meal for the crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Munro while on patrol in the Bering Sea, Oct. 15, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Cookin’ with Coasties: SNFS Austin Reed

One of the newest crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Munro, a 378-foot high endurance cutter homeported in Kodiak, Alaska, is food specialist Austin Reed. A recent graduate of the Coast Guard’s food service specialist “A” school, Reed is just finding out what it’s like to be part of a team aboard a Coast Guard cutter.