Readout of Secretary Napolitano's Visit to Cold Bay and Kodiak, Alaska [August 7, 2012]   [open pdf - 158KB]

On August 7, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security issued the following press release: "Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp, Jr. today traveled to Cold Bay, Alaska where they joined a Congressional Delegation led by Senators Mary Landrieu, Mark Begich and Lisa Murkowski to visit Coast Guard assets in the region, including the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf. Yesterday, Secretary Napolitano and Admiral Papp visited the Coast Guard Air Station in Kodiak, Alaska and met with the men and women stationed in Kodiak who contribute to the Department's efforts to ensure Arctic maritime safety, security, and stewardship. 'The Coast Guard's mission in Alaska is becoming all the more important given the growing shipping and commercial interest in the Arctic,' said Secretary Napolitano. 'As activity in the region increases, we will continue to work closely with state, local, tribal and private partners to secure our waters and enhance our capability to respond to any threats or disasters.'"

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