Coast Guard Strong

Coast Guard Strong – O’Rian’s story

None of the challenges that 9-year-old O’Rian Jolley have stopped him from working towards his dream of being a Coast Guardsman when he grows up.


Petty Officer 1st Class Rachid Arnik, a rescue swimmer at Air Station Kodiak, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

So others may live: AST1 Rachid Arnick

So others may live. It’s the creed of the aviation rescue swimmer community and a promise to those in danger that when a Coast Guard rescue swimmer enters the water, she or he will do everything in their power – including risk their own life – to save you. Petty Officer 1st Class Rachid Arnick kept that promise and proved he was willing to risk his own life so others may live on the morning of Sept. 21, 2013, in the frigid waters of the Bering Sea.


Lt. Cmdr. Jake Smith, a pilot at Air Station Kodiak. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

‘Coast Guard Alaska’ – Back in action

With a new season of “Coast Guard Alaska” premiering tonight, we asked our Facebook fans if they could ask Lt. Cmdr. Jake Smith, a pilot at Air Station Kodiak, anything, what would it be? With more than 70 questions asked, it was clear fans were eager to hear more about the men and women who operate in Alaska.


Cold Bay rescue

Ready to respond: FOL Cold Bay

For many, the fall season means cooling temperatures, leaves turning and all things pumpkin. But for the men and women of Air Station Kodiak, the fall is all about the cold, Cold Bay to be exact. Kodiak stood up a seasonal forward operating location in Cold Bay, Alaska, in advance of winter fisheries with one MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and rotating crews. A second helicopter and crew will remain at the ready in Kodiak to assist in any long-range or complex cases.