USCG 17th District, Sector Anchorage Host Policymakers in Alaska

U.S. Coast Guard District 17
U.S. Coast Guard District 17
A map of U.S. Coast Guard District 17. Image: USCG.

To strengthen efforts in the Alaskan region, members of U.S. Coast Guard 17th District and Sector Anchorage received Washington D.C.-based lawmakers and mission officials in Anchorage earlier this month.

For two days, visitors viewed presentations by officials from the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies, Arctic Domain Awareness Center, U.S. Northern Command and Alaskan Command at Sector Anchorage on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and toured Nome and Kotzebue and met with representatives from the Port of Nome, NANA Regional Corp., Native Village of Kotzebue and the Maniilaq Association, according to the Coast Guard.

“With growing activity and increased responsibility for the Coast Guard in the region, it is imperative we work collaboratively with our local, tribal, federal, and interagency partners to meet the demand,” 17th Coast Guard District Commander Rear Adm. Nathan Moore said. “By bringing policy makers and mission managers to Alaska, they are better able to understand the unique challenges we face here and improve the unity of effort as we respond to emerging threats in the Arctic.”

By Karen Robes Meeks