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 […]


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.


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.