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Coast Guard Family Month: Steadfast follower

It’s not unusual for a child to follow in their parent’s footsteps. Matthew Walker, a retired Coast Guard captain and former commanding officer of three cutters: Manitou, Polar Star and Steadfast, has two sons who followed him into the Coast Guard – Fireman Maxwell Walker, currently attending Machinery Technician “A” School in Yorktown, Virginia, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Alan Nielsen, a boatswain’s mate at Station Coos Bay in Charleston, Oregon. One of his sons even followed his footsteps to one of the very cutters he commanded.

Headed south for the winter: Icebreaking 101

Cutter Polar Star breaking ice

Simple physics explains the process of icebreaking: two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. The 150-person crew of Polar Star uses that principle to open the channel for cargo and fuel ships to deliver vital supplies to the scientists and support personnel at McMurdo Station as part of Operation Deep Freeze.