On the leading edge – Operation Arctic Crossroads

Located in one of the most remote areas, 33 miles north of the Arctic Circle on Alaska’s Western coast, is the native village of Kotzebue, Alaska. Settled by Inupiat Eskimos for more than 600 years, Kotzebue has long been known as the passage to the Northwest Arctic and served as a central trading post for international travelers with access to three major rivers.

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Mike Morris, a Coast Guard Auxiliarist and resident of Sitka,demonstrates an inflatable life jacket to a resident of Little Diomede. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Walter Shinn