Canadian-born Coast Guardsman earns U.S. citizenship

The dream of becoming a citizen of the United States is a lifelong ambition for some. For Coast Guard Fireman Braden Mello however, it was like coming home.


Ensign Jessica Stock and Lt. j.g. Victoria Swinghamer, boarding officers from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, conduct a safety inspection in near Whittier, May 23, 2015. Personnel from Sector Anchorage and Station Valdez patrolled the waters near Whittier to enforce safety over the Memorial Day weekend. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Kim Jenish)

Safety in season

To promote safety precautions, Coast Guard personnel from Sector Anchorage and Station Valdez visited the local community to educate boaters and conduct safety inspections during Memorial Day weekend.


Rear Adm. Dan Abel congratulates Petty Officer 2nd Class Jennifer Stubblefield, a reservist stationed at Station Valdez, for earning boatcrew qualifications. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Last Frontier: Alaska’s Reservists

If you take mobilizing on a moment’s notice to the unpredictable weather and conditions that are commonplace in the vastness of the Last Frontier, and add that to the Coast Guard’s motto of Always Ready, you get Alaska’s Coast Guard Reserve. It’s during adverse moments of amplified operational conditions reserve members are called upon to provide the Coast Guard with the necessary tools and additional staffing.


Alaska’s Coast Guard reservists: Worth their weight in gold

Living in Alaska takes grit. The sprawling state, though full of adventure, leaves something to be desired in the way of creature comforts. Unless you are visiting one of the few-and-far-between municipalities, there is no fast food, no coffee shops and don’t even ask how much a gallon of milk costs.


When the Coast Guard comes to town

At 165 degrees 25 minutes west longitude, Nome, Alaska, is about as west as a person can get on the North American continent. The city lives up to the location. Modern day prospectors toil for gold in the shadows of age-old mining dredges.


Coast Guardsmen live, work in the snowiest city in America

The city of Valdez, Alaska, is so small one can walk from end to end in about 15 minutes. With the backdrop of the majestic Chugach Mountains, Valdez is touted the snowiest city in America by NOAA and The Weather […]


CG 6005 at Low Cape

Deck Watch: Pilot describes recent in-flight emergency

  Lt. Scott Wilkerson, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot, with Air Station Kodiak, describes his recent experience with an in-flight emergency to Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2012. To listen to the show click here. In […]


Deck Watch prevents sea sickness

Deck Watch is a five to seven minute radio show featuring Coast Guard news across Alaska. The feature this week is an interview with Petty Officer 3rd Class Blaine Bodie, a hospital corpsman, about the causes of motion sickness and […]


YMCA awards enlisted service members of the year

Alaska, America’s Last Frontier, is home to service members from every branch of the military. Although the beautiful state has much to offer, the harsh environment and distance from the lower 48 can be a tough place to adjust to. […]


Deck Watch looks at boating safety

 This week Deck Watch had a chat with Joe McCullough, education coordinator from Alaska’s Office of Boating Safety. Deck Watch is a five to seven minute radio program featuring news from across the state of Alaska. To listen to Deck Watch, […]


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