itCG-Alaska outreach, girl missing, Women’s Professional Soccer sponsorship, civilians awarded

  • Now through August 24, Coast Guard, Army, Air National Guard and Air Force personnel are traveling to several remote Alaskan villages as part of Operation Arctic Crossroads. This joint operation is an effort to integrate local knowledge with military expertise to meet Arctic challenges. Personnel are providing residents with medical, dental, optometry and even veterinarian services as well as boating safety training.
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  • Coast Guard and local responders are searching for a 9-year-old girl who is missing after being playfully pushed into Schuylkill River in Southwest Philadelphia last night. Unfortunately, the little girl couldn’t swim and wasn’t wearing a life jacket while on the boat ramp. Other children on the ramp tried to help her but she floated out into the center of the river. For updates on this story, go to Coast Guard District Five media site.
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  • Yesterday, Coast Guard announced it would be a sponsor of the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) All-Star Game. The All-Star Game is the last for the WPS season and will feature the best players in the world. The game is schedule for Sunday, August 30th in Missouri.
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  • Coast Guard presented two men Certificates of Valor for their actions when they rescued a person from a vehicle that plunged into Puget Sound late June.
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  • Coast Guard also recently presented three people Meritorious Public Service Awards for helping to rescue 16 Haitian migrants whose boat capsized off Boynton Beach, Florida, in May.
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2 comments on “itCG-Alaska outreach, girl missing, Women’s Professional Soccer sponsorship, civilians awarded”

  1. As a member of the Coast Guard Art Program I was sent on a six day deployment to Nome, AK. The Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force, Army National Guard and Air National Guard are part of Operation Arctic Crossroads with medical teams conducting medical outreach to the remote villages. They provided a doctor, an optometrist, two veterinarians and boating safety personnel plus some support personnel.

    I was with them while they visited villages on islands in the Bering Sea. From Nome we would fly out by helicopter every morning to a different village. Two on Saint Lawrence Island and one on a island off the north of Seward Peninsula. The last village I was to visit, was Little Diomede Island on the border of Russia but was cancelled due to bad weather.

    Everyone on this joint operation worked hard as a team to make this a successful mission. These communities seldom get the services that this team provided.

    Admiral Thad W. Allen, Commandant of the United States Coast Guard and five people from other high positions in Wash. DC came to the village we were in. That night back in Nome, the city had a big seafood dinner honoring them and the Operation Arctic Crossroads 2009 team. There also was native dancing.

    One day we were pick up by the Coast Guard cutter SPARE where we spent the night and were taken to an other village the next morning. We went in by inflatable boat for a rough landing in big waves. We had to wear survival suites. Also when we flew over the Bering Sea, we wore “gumby” survival suites.

    All the villages had ivory carvers, most very nice. You could also buy whale baleen. One village danced for us before we left. All villagers use ATVs for transportation in the summer and snowmobiles in winter. The mushers use sleds and dogs for racing. Skin boats is wooden framed covered with female walrus hides and use a sail. They hunt whales from these. I talked with many of the natives and I ask a lot of questions about how they live.

    Of course, I came home with hundreds of images.

    This was a very exciting adventure for me. It was my first time in helicopters and to Alaska. We flew over land, through mountains, through dense fog and over sea. I traveled by commercial plane, small charter planes, ship, inflatable boats, ATVs(four wheelers), cars and helicopters.

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