Coast Guard, medical personnel reach out to the village of Koyuk

NOME, Alaska — Operation Arctic Crossroads continues Wednesday with medical teams continuing community outreach efforts in Koyuk and on the North Slope.

A 12-member team, made up of a doctor, an optometrist, two veterinarians and support personnel visiting the village of Koyuk. Also visiting Koyuk today are two Coast Guard Auxiliary members conducting water safety outreach programs there.

The operations second arm continues its outreach on the North Slope, with a U.S. Public Health Services Veterinarian and a Coast Guard Health Services Petty Officer traveling to Wainwright from Barrow for a three day outreach there.

Today’s outreach efforts are a continuation of yesterday’s kick off operations to the village of Kivalina. In Kivalina, the doctor examined 28 patients, the optometrist evaluated the eyesight of 18 villagers, while the two veterinarians treated 36 animals in a door to door outreach.

“The effort was a success today, the community of Kivalina was extremely receptive to the outreach efforts of the Coast Guard and the military doctors,” said Joel Casto, tribal liaison for the 17th Coast Guard District. “We hope for continued success as we reach out daily to the local communities.”

In Barrow, the veterinarian and Coast Guard Petty Officer also reached out to the community and treated twenty animals there in two days.

Operation Arctic Crossroads is a community outreach across northern Alaska, in an effort to integrate local knowledge with military expertise to meet the many challenges of Arctic operations. The operation is made up of members from the, Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force, Army National Guard, Air National Guard and U.S. Public Health Services.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is the voluntary arm of the service. It is made up a men and women who freely give their time to help the Coast Guard educate the public about boating and water safety.

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