Coast Guard Goes Prime Time

Coast Guard Alaska premiere in Newport, R.I.

BOSTON - Staff members from the Jane Pickens Theater in Newport, R.I. along with The Weather Channel and Cox Communications hosted a special screening of The Weather Channel’s new series ‘Coast Guard Alaska’ Nov. 6, 2011 in Newport, R.I. This viewing was part of a nationwide effort in honor of Veteran’s Day. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ann Marie Gorden.

written by Petty Officer Ann Marie Gorden

In the heart of Newport, R.I., the community gathered for a special preview of The Weather Channel’s Coast Guard Alaska at the historic Jane Pickens Theater Sunday Nov. 6, 2011.

The new series, produced by The Weather Channel, highlights the day-to-day trials, tribulations and victories of the Coast Guard rescue crews in Kodiak, Alaska.  Local military members and Rhode Island State Representatives Peter F. Martin and Daniel P. Reilly joined the community in honoring the contributions of the service’s men and women this Veteran’s Day.

Coast Guard Alaska showcases the brave men and women putting their lives at risk every day to rescue others,” said Peter F. Martin, Rhode Island state representative. “Being saved by the Coast Guard myself, I know that feeling of relief seeing a Coast Guard helicopter,” added Martin.

The Newport event, hosted by the staff of the Jane Pickens Theater, along with The Weather Channel and Cox Communications and the local community, was held in conjunction with other premiers throughout the country to honor those serving this Veteran’s Day

“Veterans Day offers our nation a time to pause and thank our veterans for their courage and their true dedication to our nation. These men and women have fought and continue to fight for our protection and our freedom, risking their lives and saving others,” Cox Senior Vice President and General Manager Paul Cronin said.

Coast Guard personnel from the First District were on hand at the Newport and New York City premiers.  In New York, Al Roker from The Weather Channel hosted the premiere.  At each event, Coast Guard personnel welcomed the audience and shared personal stories about their experiences in the Coast Guard and what it means to be a member of the one of world’s premiere rescue organizations.

“Search and rescue is one of many Coast Guard missions we accomplish on a daily basis,” said Lt. Adam Davenport of Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. “This new series provides viewers a unique understanding of the dedication put forth by the men and women of the Coast Guard to serve our nation.”

Coast Guard Alaska illustrates not only the perseverance of the Coast Guard’s service members, it also takes you behind the scenes with the families that support the men and women who make the incredible work done by the Coast Guard possible.

The series premieres Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011 at 9 p.m. on The Weather Channel and features seven 60-minute episodes.

Coast Guard Alaska premiere in New York City

NEW YORK – Lt. Cmdr. Jon Bartel, Capt. Bill Deal, Al Roker and Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin Lloyd, from left, stand in front of an HH-52 helicopter on the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. The Coast Guard members appear in the new reality series, “Coast Guard Alaska,” which highlights search and rescue cases that occurred off the coast of Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco.