“This place is a rescue,” Barrick said. “It’s a sanctuary and forever home for these animals. Once they come to live at the ranch they have a ‘furever’ home. I’m a corpsman; the weak, helpless and injured – those are who I serve and am drawn too. I feel the same way for these animals. When they’re weak, injured, or unwanted I want them; I want to help them.”
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.
Coast Guard Cutter SPAR is a sea-going buoy tender that sails the waters of the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea. The patrols are long, the work is hard and the days are cold. Keeping the crew motivated, not to mention their stomach’s full, is Petty Officer 1st Class Brittany Smith.
The Coast Guard’s dedicated health services technicians provide healthcare services – both routine and emergency – for servicemembers and their families. From clinics and sick bays, to ashore or afloat, health services technicians keep Coast Guard men and women ready to perform their challenging maritime missions.
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.
It’s day three of the Coast Guard’s week in the life campaign and there is no shortage of action. From joint operations with U.S. Border Patrol and the Navy to Coast Guardsmen training on the Great Lakes, check out this day-to-day snapshot for a glimpse of just how much the Coast Guard does. Stay with us throughout the week as we continue to share a Week in the Life of the Coast Guard.
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