October 31 marks the end of the Coast Guard’s annual operation Arctic Shield, which focuses on search and rescue and community outreach throughout the Alaskan Arctic.
Listen above to hear from Coast Guard officers at their seasonal base in Kotzebue and aboard the USCG Cutter Alex Haley.
The Coast Guard receives regular updates from government scientists tracking the movement of wildlife to avoid disturbing game during training exercises. Photo: Zoe Grueskin/KNOM.
Lt. Jared Carbajal smiles from inside one of the MH-60 helicopters he flies for the Coast Guard. Photo: KNOM.
US Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley stopped in Nome near the end of its seasonal operations in the Arctic. Photo: KNOM.
Commanding Officer Jon Kreischer aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley. Photo: KNOM.