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Coast Guardsmen recognized for service in Kodiak, Alaska

Vice Adm. Paul Zukunft, commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, presents the award of the Coast Guard Air Medal to Lt. John Filipowicz, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter pilot at Air Station Kodiak, joined by his wife, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Kodiak, Alaska.
Filipowicz was presented the award for his actions to save two people from the fishing vessel Heritage south of Kodiak Jan. 25, 2012, in extreme weather.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Vice Adm. Paul Zukunft, commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, reads a citation to accompany the award of the Coast Guard Air Medal with Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Harris, an avionics electrical technician with Air Station Kodiak, as Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, Coast Guard 17th District, and Capt. Melissa Rivera, commanding officer Air Station Kodiak, look on at an awards ceremony in Kodiak, Alaska, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

Harris earned the medal for his actions as the flight mechanic hoisting two people to safety from the fishing vessel Heritage south of Kodiak in 60 mph winds Jan. 25, 2012.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.


Vice Adm. Paul Zukunft, commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, and Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, Coast Guard 17th District, congratulate Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Fischer, an aviation survival technician with Air Station Kodiak, for his efforts to save crewmembers from the fishing vessel Heritage south of Kodiak in January 2012 at an awards ceremony in Kodiak, Alaska, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

Fischer, who was lowered from the helicopter in blizzard conditions to rescue the two people, was presented with a Coast Guard Air Medal.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.



Capt. Melissa Rivera, commanding officer Air Station Kodiak, Vice Adm. Paul Zukunft, commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, Petty Officer 1st Class Claude Morrissey, an aviation survival technician with Air Station Kodiak, Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, Coast Guard 17th District and Master Chief Petty Officer Chris Windnagle, command master chief Air Station Kodiak, stand at attention as a citation to accompany the award of the Geico Military Service Award presented to Morrissey is read Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Kodiak, Alaska.

Morrissey received the award for his efforts to assist his shipmates and the community by volunteering his time as a volunteer firefighter, foster parent and designated driver among other things.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

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