From its extreme weather to its remote communities and limited infrastructure, Alaska can present many challenges for response agencies in times of crisis. Plans for how to remove pollution or conduct a rescue at the edge of the last frontier 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, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association and city of Unalaska came together with industry members from North Pacific Fuel and Alaska Chadux Corporation to conduct Aleutians PREP Exercise 2014 in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Sept. 24-25.
“I worked in middle schools before joining the Coast Guard and know just how important and influential volunteers are in an educational environment, especially active-duty military members. Seeing student’s eyes light up when they first see a Coast Guard member make an appearance to step in to help out with school events is heartwarming as well as gratifying.” – OS3 Kristina Manson
Friday’s week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 features a new response boat small in St. Petersburg, Florida, working in tight spaces at Station Seattle, gun inspections in Portsmouth, Va., local partnership training in Kodiak, Alaska and underway preparation on the Cutter Mako in Cape May, N.J.
Thursday’s week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 features the Cutter Kukui from Hawaii, family day on the Delaware River, an unmanned Arctic flight from the Cutter Healy, dirty work in Newport, Oregon, and quick fixes at Base Honolulu.
Wednesday’s week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 features light work on the Chesapeake Bay, keeping helicopters clean in Kodiak, Alaska, a summer station patrol near Rhode Island, making sure they’re feed at Station Cape Disappointment and getting a dewatering pump to a boat in need far way.
A team of scientists from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, New London, Connecticut, is currently underway aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy for a series of technology evaluations in the Arctic. The team departed Seward, Alaska, August 8 and is currently conducting operations off the North Slope.
The 24 hours of sunlight, enormous marine mammals and vast emptiness create an environment unlike any in the world. It’s no surprise, then, that the melting ice is enticing adventure seekers to experience the untouched frontier. As vessel traffic increases, so does the chance for an accident in this inherently dangerous maritime region. It’s the inevitability of peril that drives many Coast Guard missions, and those missions extend all the way into the Nation’s Arctic. When an adventure on the Chukchi Sea took a turn for the worse, the Coast Guard was ready to respond.
If 60 years of sea duty is a long time, then 60 years of performing aids to navigation maintenance in Southeast Alaska qualifies as an eternity. Imagine working with wind whipping down the straits and narrows, with snow blowing so thick that visibility is more about what you can feel than what you can see. Picture living with the trappings of civilization separated by bays and rivers and mountains and every other obstacle the Last Frontier can muster. Tasked with a mission immeasurably crucial, if humbly unnoticed, to the people who live there, this is the life of the Coast Guard Cutter Elderberry and its crew of eight.
The United Service Organization and American300 team recently visited Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Alaska. Kodiak was one of six Coast Guard communities that the group visited during their trip to Alaska. “This was a great tour that we went on,” said Lucas Hoge. “To see the Coast Guard in action, get to know them and see what they do has been great. I’d like to thank them from the bottom of my heart.”
Coast Guard reservists assigned to Port Security Unit 301 in Cape Cod, Mass., provided port security and communications support in Anchorage, Alaska, during the 2014 National Exercise Program’s Capstone Exercise. During the exercise, the Port of Anchorage, which processes approximately 90 percent of all cargo arriving in Alaska, was heavily damaged by the simulated earthquake and knocked out of commission.