Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Spratt, a boatswain's mate stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, displays his hammer hook invention in Kodiak, Alaska, April 12, 2018. Spratt combined two tools commonly used by crew members working on a buoy deck, a chain hook and a maul, which allowed for a safer working environment by de-cluttering the buoy deck. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Dean.

Innovation from a life at sea

The crews aboard buoy tenders like Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, homeported in Kodiak, Alaska, use both sledgehammers and hooks to work on buoys but with so many tools, wouldn’t it make sense to combine? That’s exactly what Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Spratt that earned him the 2017 Capt. Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Award after coming up with the hammer hook.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Ens. Gabriel Patterson, volunteer firefighter

Ens. Gabriel Patterson of Coast Guard Cutter SPAR recently received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for embodying the Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. Patterson’s list of duties aboard SPAR are long and varied to include education services officer, morale officer and assistant security officer but he still makes time to contribute to the community as a volunteer firefighter with the Kodiak Island Fire Department.


Quintana

Shipmate of the Week – HS1 Richard Quintana

Sailing the Bering Sea is tough duty but these treacherous Alaskan waters are a day-to-day reality aboard Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, homeported in Kodiak, Alaska. As the crew carries out it’s role as “The Aleutian Keeper,” they often turns to “Q” – Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Quintana. As independent duty corpsman, Quintana is the only medical professional aboard. He is responsible for a myriad of duties including daily sickbay visits, vaccinations, monitoring crew medical readiness, conducting mandatory medical training, overseeing medical drills and enforcing sanitation standards.


Arctic tow

Meeting Arctic missions

With a stifling heat wave affecting most of the country last week, it’s hard to picture U.S. Coast Guard units focusing on our nation’s Arctic interests. But for a dedicated group of Coast Guard men and women, the Arctic is all that is on their mind. 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.


HS1 Flor

Shipmate of the Week – HS1 Brian Flor

If you’re looking for Alaskan adventure and gritty challenges, look no further than Coast Guard Cutter SPAR. Known as the “Aleutian Keeper,” the men and women aboard SPAR continuously brave every mission that comes their way – no easy feat while sailing the waters of the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea.


Santa receives a hug

Guardian of the Week – Coast Guard Santa and elves

Today, as young children the world over anticipate the arrival of Santa, children in Kodiak, Alaska look to the sky and the sea as they wait to catch a glimpse of Coast Guard Cutter Spar and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter […]