Capt. Jason Fosdick, commander of Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, was relieved by Capt. Paul Mehler III during a change of command ceremony held at the National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Fosdick will report to the 11th Coast Guard District in Alameda, Calif., to assume duties as the chief of prevention.
Sunday, June 24
Coast Guard crewmembers were honored by the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak Sunday. The Kodiak-based cutter SPAR was given honorary membership in the tribe, marking the first time a Coast Guard unit has been adopted by any Native American group. In 2011 Coast Guard crews assisted the tribe in honoring two of their members who died in the 1942 sinking of the mail boat Phyllis S near Kodiak.
Monday, June 25
• Actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band performed in Kodiak Monday as part of a USO and TriWest Healthcare Alliance sponsored tour of Alaska. Sinise, with Drew Dix, a retired Army major and Vietnam-era Medal of Honor recipient, and Dave McIntyre, CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance, toured Kodiak-based Coast Guard units and talked with crews as part of the visit. They also made stops in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.
• The Coast Guard medevaced a 37-year-old crewman from the 922-foot cargo vessel Santa Rufina 11 miles south of Unalaska Island Tuesday. The crewman, an engineer aboard the vessel, was suffering from a head wound and back pain sustained in a fall while the Santa Rufina was 725 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor transiting from South Korea to Panama. A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew hoisted the man at 9:17 a.m. and safely transported him to Dutch Harbor, where he was met by commercial medevac services for further transport.
The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter is from Air Station Kodiak, but currently deployed to Cold Bay in the Aleutian Islands to support search and rescue and law enforcement activities with the Coast Guard Cutter Active.
Tuesday, June 26
Coast Guard personnel oversaw the successful relocation of the 49-foot fishing tender Raidawn to Cordova following an intentional grounding in Main Bay in Prince William Sound. A visual inspection of the Raidawn by Coast Guard response personnel found a 12-inch-by-4-inch fracture on the left side of the hull in the vicinity of the engine room.
Alaska Marine Response successfully removed 3,400 gallons of diesel and 580 gallons of gasoline from the vessel and applied a temporary soft patch to the fracture. AMR towed the Raidawn to Cordova for permanent repairs Tuesday afternoon, with approval from the captain of the port of Prince William Sound. The Coast Guard investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Coast Guard personnel met with representatives of Greenpeace in Kodiak onboard the vessel Esperanza. The group discussed upcoming operations in the Arctic and both agencies stressed communication and safety.
The Coast Guard will have a presence in the Arctic again this summer to conduct their 11 statutory missions, with an emphasis on safety of life at sea, search and rescue and protection of the marine environment.
The Coast Guard has operated in the Arctic since the late 1800s and has had an annual operations in the region in recent years. The goals for this year revolve around operations, a capability assessment and outreach to the residents.
Friday, June 29
Lt. Cmdr. Paul Salerno relieves Cmdr. Peter Van Ness as commanding officer of Coast Guard Communication Station Kodiak during a formal ceremony at the unit at 1 p.m. Van Ness has commanded Communication Station Kodiak since June 2009. His next assignment will be at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.