Master Chief Petty Officer Brett Verhulst, 17th District command master chief, addresses the crowd of The Patrol Boat Roundup attendees at the conclusion of the week’s events during a morale BBQ. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Patrol Boat Roundup 2015

The 110-foot Island-class patrol boats of Sector Juneau descended upon Ketchikan, Alaska, to participate in this year’s annual Patrol Boat Roundup. Unlike other cutter roundups of the Last Frontier, the focus for the crews of the cutters Liberty, Chandeleur, Naushon and Anacpa was less on competition and more on education and teamwork.


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.


Safe to ship

To the casual spectator, there might not appear to be anything wrong with this particular container. These three know better. Their search focuses especially on the load-bearing sections of the giant box. The frames there are made to withstand an incredible amount of weight, so any kind of deterioration can mean a bad day at sea.


A member from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, inspects a vessel during a commercial fishing vessel safety exam in Dillingham, June 13, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Sockeye season spurs salmoner safety

The Bristol Bay Salmon Fishery is reported to be the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery with approximately 1,300 vessels registered to participate. This fishery annually provides more than one billion dollars in economic benefit for the state of Alaska, which means it’s vital that crews are prepared for any emergency so they can come home safe.


PREP-ed for Action: USCG, partners test contingency response plans in Sitka, Alaska

Alaska can present many challenges for response agencies in times of crisis, and plans for how to remove or prevent the spread of pollution are becoming increasingly important as the state sees more maritime traffic through its ports and waterways. That’s why the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the city and borough of Sitka came together with several state, local and federal agencies as well as industry members to conduct the 2015 Southeast Alaska Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Full- Scale Exercise in Sitka, Alaska, Apr. 22-23.


Why do we go to school?

One answer: to find a fulfilling career. That’s what students were looking to learn about when they visited Coast Guard Station Juneau and the Coast Guard Cutter Naushon.


Women’s History Month: Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives

For Latarsha McQueen, celebrating National Women’s History Month is about acceptance and recognition. She enlisted 18 years ago, currently works for Coast Guard Sector Juneau and is a reservist for the Coast Guard 17th District. In that short time she […]


The Last Frontier: Ready for Operations

All around the Coast Guard, RFO teams work with operational units to ensure standardization and that all crews are able to perform their missions safely. In Alaska, the harsh environment and limited infrastructure make readiness that much more critical to success.


National Hispanic Heritage Month: The Shaffers

During my husband’s career I have learned to be very supportive about his decisions on where he wants to go in the Coast Guard. Even though it’s very difficult to move around, get a new job, and make new friends every couple years, it’s been an amazing experience.


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 […]


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