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Air Station Crews Transition Seasonal Forward Operating Locations

Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Samuel Pulliam and SSgt Peyton Wackerman of the Alaska Air National Guard prepare equipment for transport while demobilizing a Forward Operating Location in Deadhorse. (U.S. Coast Guard/PO1 Shawn Eggert)
Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Samuel Pulliam and SSgt Peyton Wackerman of the Alaska Air National Guard prepare equipment for transport while demobilizing a Forward Operating Location in Deadhorse. (U.S. Coast Guard/PO1 Shawn Eggert)

JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska crews transitioned seasonal forward operating locations throughout Alaska.

Crews were scheduled to close FOL Deadhorse Thursday. During the summer months, aircrews were deployed to FOL Deadhorse in support of Arctic Shield 2015.

Crews closed FOL Cordova Sept. 30 and were scheduled to open FOL Cold Bay, Thursday, in advance of winter fisheries.

Coast Guard aircrews transferred equipment and air assets to Cold Bay to reduce response time to Bristol Bay, the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands during peak fishing season.

Air Station Kodiak personnel who were deployed to FOL Cordova this summer flew on 13 cases, saved five lives and assisted three other lives in the Gulf of Alaska and Prince William Sound.

"Air Station Kodiak establishes three FOLs annually to increase response times in different parts of Alaska," said Capt. Diane Durham, Coast Guard District 17 chief of response. "Having crews deploy across Alaska allows us to more efficiently help distressed mariners during busy summer months and peak fishing seasons."

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