A Bear With No Name

The polar bear, in its regal white coat, is as recognizably a part of the Arctic as perhaps any other symbol. It’s a tough creature, evolved very specifically from its southern kinfolk to survive in the world’s harshest environment.


The Continuity of Command

There’s a lot of patriotic music. Flapping flags. A marching color guard. An honor platoon in the corner. More shiny pairs of shoes and sharp uniforms than you could count. A Coast Guard change of command, like many military ceremonies, […]


Resolve to be Ready

When a person signs on to become a Coast Guardsman, it comes with the responsibility to be Semper Paratus, always ready, always prepared. This dedication to preparedness for come-what-may is built into every aspect of life in the Coast Guard, […]


110 feet of history

The 110-foot-long, 21-foot-wide cutter bobs unsteadily at the enormous Nome, Alaska, causeway. Lines reach up to mooring bollards clearly meant for a larger vessel. To the east and north, the city of Nome sprawls out across the tundra of Seward […]


Meeting Arctic missions

With a stifling heat wave affecting most of the country last week, it’s hard to picture U.S. Coast Guard units focusing on our nation’s Arctic interests. But for a dedicated group of Coast Guard men and women, the Arctic is […]


Forward operating locations save lives

On Sept. 12, a Kodiak–based Coast Guard helicopter crew helped save the life of a fisherman suffering from heart attack symptoms in a remote area of the Bering Sea. A crucial factor in this successful operation was the availability of […]


Ostebo, Murkowski tour western Aleutian Islands

JUNEAU, Alaska – Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski accompanied Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, 17th Coast Guard District commander, on a tour of the western Aleutian Islands Monday and Tuesday. The visit to the remote archipelago included stops on Adak, Shemya and […]


Coast Guard sponsors 2012 World Eskimo-Indian Olympics

Story by Caitlin Goettler Tribal partnerships have long been an integral part of the Coast Guard in Alaska, and today the connection continues through the Coast Guard’s sponsorship of the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics. The games kicked off on July 18 […]


Arctic Shield 2012 briefing

Planning ahead for Arctic Shield 2012

JUNEAU, Alaska – In preparation for this summer’s Arctic activities, Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, 17th Coast Guard District commander, took a trip to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage with a few senior members of his staff June 19, 2012. The […]


Deck Watch travels to the Arctic

Listen to Deck Watch as it travels to the Arctic aboard an Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane and learns about Arctic Domain Awareness flights.


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