Doris Thomas, a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Anchorage, shows
"Coastie the Patrol Boat" to elementary school children and local
community members from Kotzebue Monday. A C-130 crew from Air Station Kodiak also made the trip as part of the Coast Guard's ongoing efforts to prepare for increased shipping traffic in the Arctic as climate change makes it more possible. (Coast Guard
Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm).
Coast Guard in Alaska continues to explore its options for moving operations
northward in the face of climate change and increasing shipping traffic through
Monday, a C-130 crew from Air Station Kodiak flew to Kotzebue, where they
looked at a pair of old Air Force hangars to see if they’d be suitable for
Coast Guard use.
Kotz 1 :03s “…couldn’t
fit a C-130 in there.”)
Coast Guard Petty Officer Richard Brahm. Even though the hangars didn’t meet
the Coast Guard’s specifications, Brahm says the trip ended up being a success.
School kids from Kotzebue were able to take a tour of the C-130.
Kotz 2 :08s “…they
were having a blast.”)
Coast Guardsmen were also able to bring out Coastie The Patrol Boat, to teach
the kids about water safety.
Kotz 3 :17s “…and
they loved it too.”)
Coast Guard has made several trips to the Arctic or near-Arctic regions in the
past year. Brahm says reaching out to community members during these trips will
help the Coast Guard when they eventually have to move operations into the