Coast Guard Marine Safety Task Force operates out of Nome

    Coast Guard Marine Safety Task Force and an Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter crew pose for a photo with community members of Savoonga, Alaska. (Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn)

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - Coast Guard members from Sector Anchorage returned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Wednesday after conducting Marine Safety Task Force missions out of Nome, July 25-Aug. 2.

    Teams comprised of six total Coast Guard marine inspectors visited 15 communities and inspected approximately 55 bulk fuel storage facilities.

    Transportation from Nome to more remote communities was provided by four Alaska Army National Guard members and two Civil Air Patrol Alaska Wing pilots.

    Inspectors flew commercially from Anchorage to Nome, on July 25, and teams flew out of Nome daily, weather permitting.

    They either flew out of Nome aboard an Alaska Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter or a Civil Air Patrol GA8 Airvan.

    The Coast Guard inspectors met with representatives in each community and thus discussed opportunities for federal compliance with facility managers and operators in the communities of Alakanuk, Brevig Mission, Elim, Emmonak, Golovin, Nome, Nunam, Iqua, Savoogna, Shaktoolik, Sishmaref, Stebbins, St. Michael, Unalakleet, White Mountain, and Teller.

    "We had favorable weather for flying on most days during our deployment, and we were able to make it to Savoonga for the first time in several years," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Thayer, a team leader for the trip. "We appreciated the warm welcome and hospitality we met in each community we visited. We look forward to assisting all the facility managers in our enormous area of responsibility throughout the Western and Arctic portions of Alaska, with the goal of federal compliance. We do this to promote public safety, to prevent expensive spills that harm the environment, and to ensure people in remote places have the ability to heat their homes." 

    Above: Coast Guard Marine Safety Task Force members from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage chat with a representative from Crowley Fuels in Nome, Alaska, during an inspection on July 26, 2022. Teams comprised of six Coast Guard marine inspectors visited a total of 15 communities and inspected approximately 55 bulk fuel storage facilities in the Bering Strait Region on July 25-Aug. 2, 2022. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn) Below: Coast Guard Ens. Adrian Arcia (left) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Dawson (center) fly with an Alaska Army National Guard aircrew aboard a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter out of Nome, Alaska, July 30, 2022. Teams comprised of six Coast Guard marine inspectors visited a total of 15 communities and inspected approximately 55 bulk fuel storage facilities, with transportation from Nome to more remote communities provided by four Alaska Army National Guard members and two Civil Air Patrol Alaska Wing pilots. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn)

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