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!


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 on Dec. 3, 2013. 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 Alaska and has been active for more than 30 years. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Quintana.

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

Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Quintana. As December arrives and the darkest part of the year is upon us, SPAR’s crew conducted aids to navigation work, vocational outreach and spread holiday cheer throughout south Kodiak. SPAR has made […]