Coast Guard and Iditarod veteran team up again

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Coast Guard is sponsoring 10-year Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race veteran Ken Anderson, a Fairbanks resident who placed fourth flying the Coast Guard banner last year, for the 2011 race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska beginning March 5.

“The Coast Guard is pleased to sponsor Ken again this year,” said Rear Adm. Christopher Colvin, 17th Coast Guard District commander, “Ken embodies the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty, an incredible role model for the many school children across the country following the Iditarod in their classrooms.”

FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- Ken Anderson, Coast Guard sponsored dog sled racer, holds one of his retired sled dogs in front of his home in Fairbanks, Wednesday, Sept. 22,

Ken Anderson, Coast Guard sponsored dog sled racer, holds one of his retired sled dogs in front of his home in Fairbanks.

Anderson will be flying the Coast Guard banner from his sled throughout the race.

“It’s a huge honor for one of our nation’s prestigious military services to sponsor me,” said Anderson. “During the Iditarod race it’s one team in a remote area with no help nearby and the Coast Guard knows this as they often fly alone into inclement weather throughout remote regions of Alaska.”

Anderson has finished the race in the top five three times, with his best finishes in 2008 and 2010 when he placed fourth.

“The Coast Guard has a rich history of serving Alaska proudly,” said Colvin, “In 1897 crewmembers of the cutter Bear used dog sleds during the Overland Relief Expedition, a 1,500-mile journey to rescue 265 icebound whalers in the Arctic Ocean.”

For more information on the Overland Relief Expedition visit: http://www.uscg.mil/history/articles/johnson_overland_expedition.asp

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