Coast Guard Academy Cadets conduct research in Arctic, attend initial 2010 Arctic domain awareness flight

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Four Coast Guard Academy Cadets, engaged in a year-long advanced research project on Coast Guard Arctic Region Engagement, will be on the Seventeenth Coast Guard District’s first Arctic domain awareness flight of 2010, Wednesday.

The Cadets are specifically assessing Coast Guard requirements and capabilities for the Arctic and identifying the potential for enhanced cooperation and engagement with Native Alaskans and multilateral partners. The team will conduct interviews with Coast Guard and Alaskan officials in Anchorage and Barrow.

They will observe the Canada and U.S. North pollution response exercise Tuesday in Anchorage where responders and stakeholders will be reviewing plans for response to significant pollution spills in the Arctic.

Arctic domain awareness flights are conducted approximately every two weeks. Flights throughout the 2010 season will be conducted from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak. The Wednesday flight to Barrow will be making a stop at Elmendorf Air Force Base to embark and disembark passengers.

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