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Air Station Kodiak

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak is a Seventeenth Coast Guard District (D17) unit on beautiful Kodiak island approximately 250 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska. The Air Station was commissioned as an Air Detachment April 17, 1947 with one PBY Catalina aircraft, seven pilots, and thirty crewmen. It represented the first permanent Coast Guard aviation resource in Alaska. The Air Station is the major tenant of Integrated Support Command (ISC) Kodiak, and the largest command in D17 and the entire Pacific Area (PACAREA). The present complement of 65 officers and 317 enlisted men and women support and operate six HC-130H long range fixed-wing aircraft, four HH-60J medium range helicopters and five HH-65A short range helicopters.

The primary mission of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak is to provide aircraft and crews in support of the Coast Guard's core missions which include: Search and Rescue (SAR) operations, covering 4 million square miles including the Gulf of Alaska, Bristol Bay, Bering Sea, and the Pacific Ocean above 40N latitude; Enforcement of Laws and Treaties (ELT), primarily focused on the nation's most active fisheries; logistical support of isolated D17 units; Marine Environmental Protection (MEP); Aids to Navigation (ATON); Military Defense; disaster control services and relief; and assistance to numerous local, state, and federal agencies. The HC-130H and HH-60J aircraft serve as the primary SAR response assets.

With over 270 personnel assigned to the Engineering Department, Air Station Kodiak's maintenance professionals "keep'em flying". Keeping aircraft mission capable in some of the most demanding weather conditions found anywhere in the world requires a special sense of dedication and commitment. With aircraft availability rates that routinely surpass Commandant requirements, the men and women of Air Station Kodiak continue to meet this challenge. Aviation enlisted personnel can expect to be assigned to one of the three airframe types (C-130, H-60, H-65) at Kodiak. Assignment to ALPAT (H-65) is normally a second tour of duty for qualified aircrew members. Kodiak currently runs a four section duty schedule with sliders given for weekend duty. The majority of aircraft maintenance is accomplished during eveng hours as planes return from the day's missions. Nights are a busy time as aircraft are made ready to meet the following day's missions.

Air Station Kodiak won the coveted Association of Naval Aviators Award for Outstanding Achievement in Maritime Patrol in 1992 and the Coast Guard Unit Commendation Award for exceptionally meritorious service from September 1993 to September 1995. The individual awards that have been won by the officers and enlisted men and women of Air Station Kodiak include the highly prestigious Admiral Bender, Admiral Hayes, and Admiral Gracey awards since July 1991. Air Station Kodiak has been featured in a nationwide TV documentary by the Arts and Entertainment Network (A&E) entitled "Dangerous Seas".

 



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