Memorial service scheduled for fallen shipmates

KODIAK, Alaska — Coast Guard Base Kodiak is hosting a memorial service for two fallen Coast Guardsmen from Communication Station Kodiak Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Hangar Three at Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak.

Petty Officer 1st Class James Hopkins and Chief Petty Officer Richard Belisle (USCG-Ret) died Thursday as the result of a shooting. The FBI, Coast Guard, and Alaska State Troopers are working closely to investigate the incident.

“Words cannot express how thankful we are for the community support and understanding we have received during this difficult time,” said Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, 17th Coast Guard District. “The outpouring of community support honors the memory of our lost shipmates and helps the families cope with their unspeakable loss.”

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