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17th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: June 25, 2012

Coast Guard 17th District External Affairs Office

Contact: Coast Guard 17th District External Affairs Office

Office: (907) 463-2065

Photo Release: Coast Guard honored by Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak

KODIAK, Alaska - Ivar Malutin, chairman of the Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak, and Lt. Cmdr. Michele Shallip, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, stand with plaques commemorating the SPAR's addition to the tribe as a honorary ship of the Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak at a dinner held in Kodiak. SPAR is the first Coast Guard unit to be made an honorary member of any Native American tribe. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaska — Ivar Malutin, chairman of the Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak, and Lt. Cmdr. Michele Shallip, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, stand with plaques commemorating the SPAR's addition to the tribe as a honorary ship of the Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak at a dinner held in Kodiak.

SPAR is the first Coast Guard unit to be made an honorary member of any Native American tribe.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaska - Capt. Bill Deal, commanding officer Air Station Kodiak (left), Ivar Malutin, chairman of the Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak, Lt. Cmdr. Michele Schallip, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, and Lt. Cmdr. Paul Salerno, incoming commanding officer of the Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak, observe the Alutiiq dancers of the Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak perform during a dinner to honor the Coast Guard and the tribe's relationship in Kodiak June 24, 2012. The Coast Guard was recognized for their part in assisting the tribe with the 2011 commemoration of the sinking of the Phyllis S in which two members of the tribe were lost near Kodiak in 1942. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

KODIAK, Alaska — Capt. Bill Deal, commanding officer Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak (left), Ivar Malutin, chairman of the Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak, Lt. Cmdr. Michele Schallip, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, and Lt. Cmdr. Paul Salerno, incoming commanding officer of the Coast Guard Communications Station Kodiak, observe the Alutiiq dancers of the Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak perform during a dinner to honor the Coast Guard and the tribe's relationship in Kodiak June 24, 2012.

The Coast Guard was recognized for their part in assisting the tribe with the 2011 commemoration of the sinking of the boat Phyllis S in which two members of the tribe were lost near Kodiak in 1942.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.

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