The Last Frontier: 30 years of service

Retired Senior Chief Petty Officer David Hydock recently completed 30 years of service to his country through the Air Force, Alaska Army National Guard and Coast Guard . What is it like to serve for that long, and with so many services? Fortunately, Hydock was able to set aside some time to fill us in on his journey from airman basic to senior chief operations specialist.


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, […]


Coast Guard Cutter Alex haley MH-65 Dolphin embarked

Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley conducts fishery and safety patrol

Story by Lt. Cmdr. Brian Chambers The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, a 282-foot medium endurance cutter, has experienced excellent weather during their Bering Sea patrol. The great weather has aided them in their mission to conduct fisheries boardings […]


Teaching the Teachers

  The scene on Auke Lake Saturday morning looked like any other sunny day in Southeast Alaska. A pair of personal watercraft was carefully brought down the boat ramp. A small crowd gathered, decked out in flip flops, sunglasses and […]


Adak 5k

Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell stretches sea legs in Alaska

Story by Lt. j.g. Eric Balcunas Crewmembers of the San Diego-based Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell ran a 5-kilometer race during a port call in Adak, Alaska, May 23, 2013. The Boutwell crew organized the run to bolster community relations during a […]


Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo discusses Arctic operations in Nome and Kotzebue, Alaska

As the nation’s lead federal agency for ensuring maritime safety and security in the Arctic, the Coast Guard will perform its statutory missions to ensure the Arctic remains a safe, secure and environmentally protected region. Rear. Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, […]


Expanding horizons for Alaska’s youth

Depending on the location and type of unit, a Coast Guardsman could be described in a variety of terms: lifesaver, law enforcer, pollution responder, aviator, teacher and so much more. Last week, as part of the Coast Guard Partnership in […]


Coast Guard holds first Alaskan Military Women’s Symposium in Juneau

Women have been serving as part of the Coast Guard since its early days as the Lighthouse Service in the 1830s. Women now comprise 14.3 percent of the Coast Guard’s 38,000 members and women make up about 30 percent of […]


Cutter crew completes patrol, training in Alaska winter conditions

The Coast Guard Cutter Long Island, homeported in Valdez, is one of seven 110-foot Island Class patrol boats stationed throughout Alaska. The crews’ are typically underway for a total of 185 days a year and their primary missions include search […]


Cruise ship safety: Behind the scenes

  Anyone who has sailed on a cruise ship from a U.S. port has probably noticed, aside from the luxurious exterior and dedicated service, that preparation for at-sea emergencies is taken very seriously. Lifeboats and life rafts line the sides […]


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