USCG Arctic Operations facility to be named for former NANA President John Shaeffer

The USCG will name their Kotzebue facility after former NANA President and shareholder John Shaeffer. Kotzebue, Alaska - June 24, 2016 - The Alaska Army National Guard turned over its aviation operations facility in Kotzebue to the U.S. Coast Guard on June 24, 2016.. Alaska National Guard Adjutant General, Brig. Gen. Laurie Hummel and U.S. Coast Guard District 17 Commander, Rear Adm. Michael McAllister hosted a “roll-in” ceremony for the Coast Guard’s MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter to enter the facility which will be named after former NANA President and Alaska National Guard Adjutant General (1986 to 1991), John Shaeffer.

The Kotzebue hangar represents the Coast Guard’s first long-term lease of an operating post north of the Arctic Circle. The five-year lease agreement with the State of Alaska will allow the U.S. Coast Guard to perform operations in the Arctic region.