A Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing member and Vic Laird, a retired Coast Guardsman, fish in Saltry River on Kodiak Island, Alaska, July 25, 2017. The Kodiak Chief Petty Officers Association partnered with Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and hosted six veterans to Kodiak for a week of fishing. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Kodiak Chief Petty Officers Association

Fly fishing has a way of healing a person, especially when that person is an active duty or military veteran who has been negatively affected in some way while serving his country.

For eight years, the Chief Petty Officers Association of Kodiak, Alaska, has provided a way for veterans to come to Kodiak Island and escape into nature to heal. Volunteers donate their time and resources to coordinate and organize a week of fly fishing to provide a way for others to rehabilitate physically and emotionally.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Petty Officer Geneva Cornelius

Petty Officer 2nd Class Geneva Cornelius actively participated in over 50 unit and local community events during her time in Kodiak, Alaska, dedicating countless hours during her off time to community service and enthusiastically pursues more opportunities to help others where ever she is. Her giving spirit has brought resources, services, joy and light to countless lives, yet Geneva Cornelius has cracked the code that helping others in turn helps you find true happiness.


Base Kodiak MWR: Gold Medal in Excellence

Coast Guard Base Kodiak’s Morale, Well-Being and Recreation Division is the recipient of the 2016 National Gold Medal Award for excellence in the field of Park and Recreation Management by the National Recreation and Park Association and became the first Coast Guard unit to ever be selected as the grand award winner.


Smiles at homecoming

Celebrating the resiliency of the military child

As the Coast Guard and the other military services celebrate the resiliency of the military child during the month of April, we’re putting a spotlight on the Coast Guard’s 7-year partnership with national youth organization Boys & Girls Clubs of America. By helping military kids cope, adjust and progress through the most formative years of their lives, BGCA’s youth programs strive to make happiness and well-being a priority for military families.