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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Leendert van der Pool

George Gray Award winner Leendert van der Pool. Courtesy photo.

Each year a collection of artwork is submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program where a panel of judges selects a recipient for the George Gray Award for Artistic Excellence – in other words, they choose a “best in show.” This year’s award goes to Leendert van der Pool for his oil painting titled “Partnership.”

Innovation from a life at sea

Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Spratt, a boatswain's mate stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, displays his hammer hook invention in Kodiak, Alaska, April 12, 2018. Spratt combined two tools commonly used by crew members working on a buoy deck, a chain hook and a maul, which allowed for a safer working environment by de-cluttering the buoy deck. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Dean.

The crews aboard buoy tenders like Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, homeported in Kodiak, Alaska, use both sledgehammers and hooks to work on buoys but with so many tools, wouldn’t it make sense to combine? That’s exactly what Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Spratt that earned him the 2017 Capt. Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Award after coming up with the hammer hook.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Ens. Gabriel Patterson, volunteer firefighter

Ens. Gabriel Patterson of Coast Guard Cutter SPAR recently received the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal for embodying the Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty. Patterson’s list of duties aboard SPAR are long and varied to include education services officer, morale officer and assistant security officer but he still makes time to contribute to the community as a volunteer firefighter with the Kodiak Island Fire Department.

Taking community relations to the “the Last Frontier”

Coast Guard Cutter Spar recently deployed to the Arctic and Bering Sea in support of Operation Arctic Shield 2016. During the patrol, the cutter had the opportunity to carry out an often overlooked role of the Coast Guard in Alaska, community relations. It’s nearly impossible for those raised in the lower 48, where even the most rural areas are connected by highway and railroad to major cities and centers of production, to fully understand what life is like in remote Alaskan communities. The Spar’s participation in this unique community relations role helped link these remote regions of “the Last Frontier” to the rest of the nation. Read the full story!

Shipmate of the Week – HS1 Richard Quintana

Quintana

Sailing the Bering Sea is tough duty but these treacherous Alaskan waters are a day-to-day reality aboard Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, homeported in Kodiak, Alaska. As the crew carries out it’s role as “The Aleutian Keeper,” they often turns to “Q” – Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Quintana. As independent duty corpsman, Quintana is the only medical professional aboard. He is responsible for a myriad of duties including daily sickbay visits, vaccinations, monitoring crew medical readiness, conducting mandatory medical training, overseeing medical drills and enforcing sanitation standards.

SPAR crew works aids, spreads holiday cheer to Old Harbor, Alaska

Santa Claus and his elves hand out presents to all of the children of Old Harbor during the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR’s Santa to the Villages outreach event. Santa to the Villages is a Coast Guard outreach program in Alaska where many different units spread holiday cheer to some of the more remote areas of

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Meeting Arctic missions

Arctic tow

With a stifling heat wave affecting most of the country last week, it’s hard to picture U.S. Coast Guard units focusing on our nation’s Arctic interests. But for a dedicated group of Coast Guard men and women, the Arctic is all that is on their mind. As the nation’s lead federal agency for ensuring maritime safety and security in the Arctic, the Coast Guard will perform its statutory missions to ensure the Arctic remains a safe, secure and environmentally protected region.

Shipmate of the Week – HS1 Brian Flor

HS1 Flor

If you’re looking for Alaskan adventure and gritty challenges, look no further than Coast Guard Cutter SPAR. Known as the “Aleutian Keeper,” the men and women aboard SPAR continuously brave every mission that comes their way – no easy feat while sailing the waters of the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea.

Guardian of the Week – Coast Guard Santa and elves

Santa receives a hug

A Kodiak-based MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter is loaded with gifts in preparation for the Santa to the Villages outreach around Kodiak Island. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Jonathan Lally. Today, as young children the world over anticipate the arrival of Santa, children in Kodiak, Alaska look to the sky and the sea as they wait to

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