Operation Arctic Shield 2016 ends as forward operating location closes in Kotzebue, Alaska

Operation Arctic Shield 2016 ends as forward operating location closes in Kotzebue, Alaska
JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Operation Arctic Shield 2016 concludes as Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak crews close Forward Operating Location Kotzebue, Monday. Air Station Kodiak crews were deployed to FOL Kotzebue during the summer months as part of Operation Arctic Shield, an annual operation that began in 2009. The aircrews responded to 22 cases, saving six lives and assisting five others,...

Coast Guard Cutter SPAR returns to Kodiak after 42-day Operation Arctic Shield 2016 patrol

Coast Guard Cutter SPAR returns to Kodiak after 42-day Operation Arctic Shield 2016 patrol
Coast Guard Cutter SPAR’s buoy deck team gathers and listens to a safety brief prior to servicing a NOAA weather buoy in the Gulf of Alaska, Sept. 21, 2016.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Portier. KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR crew returned to their homeport of Kodiak Sunday after a 42-day patrol throughout the Arctic region and Bering Sea in support...