Exercise Northern Edge 2011, which has been going on for the last two weeks, brought thousands of military personnel from all five branches of the military to the Gulf of Alaska. Some of them have been media specialists, trying to convey the unique challenges of conducting exercises on and around Kodiak Island.
One short video produced by the Air Force features servicemen discussing the use of remote communications equipment and the portable "three-dimensional air defense radar," operated by the Marines near Jewel Beach on the Kodiak Coat Guard base. The video is hosted by Senior Airman Alina Richard.
The public affairs office at Coast Guard Base Kodiak did some work in association with Northern Edge, but Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Frances said it was minimal. Several Coast Guard cutters, including the 418-foot National Security Cutter Bertholf, and the 110-foot Valdez-based patrol boat Long Island.
Northern Edge started June 13th, and is scheduled to wrap up Friday.