Seaman Heaven Jimenez tightens the anchor chain aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley during a training exercise near Kaktovik, Alaska, Aug. 24, 2017. Coast Guard non-rated personnel must learn the basic fundamentals of shipboard operations before advancing to the rank of petty officer. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Shawn Eggert.

“Bulldog of the Bering” Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley

Like many Coast Guard cutters before it, the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley has a storied history and decades of service behind it. The vessel might have 49 years of wear and tear to show for it but, just like a grumpy old bulldog, the crews who maintain it and come to understand its quirks know the cutter will remain loyal and true to the Coast Guard’s mission to save lives and protect U.S. shores.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: OS3 Dale Arnould

Although his job was operations specialist, he was better known as a Coast Guard storyteller, a creative genius who reveled in capturing epic moments of Coast Guard Alaska’s story. Read more about the crewmember of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley who won the public affairs 2014 Alex Haley award.


1/c Euchler: From the forge to the fleet

Imagine the Coast Guard Academy as a forge and the faculty and staff’s job is to guide the cadet’s development, like a blacksmith’s hammer folding steel. For both the cadets and instructors, it was four years of hard work, perseverance, determined effort and sacrifice. Can you picture these cadets when they first joined the academy, an agglomeration of 18 or more years’ worth of characteristics? Now, can you imagine them after spending four years in the forge that is the academy?