Reporting Aboard the USCGC Alex Haley


Welcome aboard packages:
The ISC Kodiak Transition-Relocation Manager, Deborah Bower, may be contacted at 907-487-5525 ext 275, or 800-872-4957 ext 275, or via e-mail at or She can provide you with useful information, including the milepost, a very informative source of travel information for those driving through alaska (while supplies last).

Welcome aboard messages:
Messages are sent to each new recruit. If the message is not received in time, recruits can contact the cutter at the phone number listed and ask to speak to their sponsor coordinator, YN1 Wilford J. Malsol. Additional information is available on the Alex Haley website. If there is no answer when you call, it means we are underway. In that case, send an email to and request the name of your sponsor.

Reporting guidance:
Upon arrival, you can expect to be met by your sponsor, if you have let them know when you will be arriving. He/she will assist you in locating your assigned berthing and help you get settled in. We find this to be a very important step in welcoming a new shipmate. If you report after the normal workday, your sponsor may not be on board but the OOD will help until your sponsor returns. Your sponsor will assist you in your check in process ensuring that you have met with the appropriate personnel. It is standard practice to introduce our new shipmates at quarters and see that they meet with their Department Head, the Executive Officer and the Commanding Officer as soon as practical.

Uniform to report in:
Service Dress Blue Bravo.

If sponsor not availible, recruit should ask for:
OOD (when reporting aboard). If calling, ask for sponsor if you know the name or, if an SA/SN ask for the BM2, if an FA/FN, ask for an MK1.

How much personal storage space:
Each member has 1 small locker, storage space in rack and storage space in barracks.

You can contact our Ombudsmen at the e-mail address below. The Ombudsmen are Alex Haley's connection to family and friends when we are underway. Married personnel are strongly encouraged to contact them via email at

Units missions:
Homeland Security, Search and Rescue in Bering Sea/Gulf of Alaska, Law Enforcement and Fisheries Management (Domestic), Maritime Boundary line patrol, Aids to Navigation.

Common destinations of deployments:
Bering Sea (Maritime Boundary Line, Dutch Harbor; Gulf of Alaska (Seward, Anchorage); Homeland Security deployments throughout the West Coast (San francisco, Eureka); and dockside/drydock (Seward, Seattle, San Pedro, Everett).

Typical SA/SN job assignment:
Assigned to the Deck Division of the Weapons Department. The first six months for a Seaman or Seaman Apprentice reporting aboard will be a busy and exciting time. Underway a Seaman participates in all Deck evolutions under the supervision of the Boatswains Mates, and is responsible for handling mooring lines, anchoring the ship, raising and lowering of the ship's small boats, serving as small boat crewman, and performing rescue-swimmer duties. A Seaman typically stands two 4-hour watches a day while underway. Inport Seaman will stand watch every 4-5 days. A Seaman can work as a Helicopter Tie Down Team member during flight operations, and may become a Boarding Team member to help enforce Laws and Treaties. All Seaman will help the Galley by serving as a Mess Cook on a rotating basis. Mess Cooking is an important aspect of habitability and crew morale and demonstrates the support side of Coast Guard Operations. Seaman also serve on Damage Control Teams during General Quarters and General Emergency; fighting fires, controlling flooding, and dewatering spaces. Seaman also serve as a vital part of the ship's defense force by manning machine gun mounts. By the end of six months on board, all seaman will complete the basic Damage Control course, qualify as an in port watch stander, and become qualified on helm and lookout. The Coast Guard allows Seaman to advance to Petty Officer in certain ratings through "on the job training", called striking, in lieu of formal schools. A seaman can strike Boatswains Mate (BM), Damage Controlman (DC), Electricians Mate (EM), Food Service Specialist (FS), Machinery Technician (MK), Store Keeper (SK), or Yeoman (YN). If not striking a rate, many Seaman apply for an "A" school in their desired rate. With a wide variety of opportunities, Alex Haley is a great learning platform for new seaman.

Typical FA/FN job assignment:
CGC ALEX HALEY is a great platform with a wide variety of opportunities to learn about your future career in the USCG. After the check in process has been completed, you will be assigned to either the Main Propulsion division or the Auxiliary division. You will assist your assigned division with the daily work routine while you begin the qualification process. As a Fireman Apprentice you will qualify as an Inport Security Watchstander, an underway Engineering Security Watchstander, inport Auxiliary (generator) Watchstander, and Small Boat Engineer. Inport, all unqualified engineering personnel stand watch every third day. Underway, a fireman can expect to stand two 4-hour watches a day until full qualification is obtained. Presently, qualified inport watchstanders have duty once every four or five days. You will be required to complete your Damage Control Personnel Qualification Standards (DCPQS) and Inport Security Watchstander qualification within four months of arrival, including both underway and inport time. Damage control is the responsibility of the entire crew, from the Commanding Officer down to our newest member. The survivability of the ship depends upon you earning this qualification. The Damage Control Assistant manages a training plan that covers all required sections every two months. You may find the training challenging at first, but you will easily complete it within the required time - very few members exceed the four-month standard. During and after the DCPQS qualification you may serve as a member of our repair locker or be a member of engineering repair (engine room) during general quarters or general emergency. All Firemen will help the Galley by serving as a messcook on a rotating basis. Mess cooking is an important aspect of habitability and crew morale, and demonstrates the support side of Coast Guard operations. Once you have completed your qualifications, you will also be afforded an opportunity to participate in the law enforcement program. The Coast Guard allows Firemen and Seamen to advance to Petty Officer in certain ratings through on-the-job training (called striking) in lieu of formal schools. The diversity of rates on board allows the opportunity to strike in all of these rates: Boatswains Mate (BM), Damage Controlman (DC), Electricians Mate (EM), Food Service Specialist (FS), Machinery Technician (MK), Storekeeper (SK), or Yeoman (YN). Many Fireman and Seaman apply for an "A" school in their desired rate as an alternative to striking. You will find your tour here challenging and rewarding - Welcome Aboard!

Special procedures for reporting after hours:
None: Report to quarterdeck in Bravo's

If unit is underway, where to report:
ISC Kodiak Admin (907-487-5170 ext 037).

Uniform normally worn during the workday:
ODU's and steel toed boots.

Recommended uniform items in addition to seabag issue:
None: Alex Haley t-shirts and sweatshirts are authorized underway and available from our ship's store. The unit issues all cold weather gear.

Unit mutual assistance rep/ phone #:
CWO Randy Salenski: (907) 487-5616 or ISC WorkLife (907) 487-5525.

Ratings present at unit:
GM, BM, YN, OS, MK, SK, ET, FS, IT, DC, HS, and EM

Last Modified 05/20/2008