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Military delegation visit to Unalaska postponed

Maggie Nelson
Inclement weather made landing a challenge for visitors from the U.S. Coast Guard, JBER and NORCOM.

Military officials from the U.S. Coast Guard, JBER and the North American Aerospace Defense Command were expected to visit Unalaska on Oct. 25, but had to cancel their trip due to inclement weather.

According to the city, the planned visit was part of an effort to introduce Alaska Commander General David S. Nahom and Coast Guard officials to strategically-located communities with a Coast Guard presence. Both the Coast Guard and U.S. Navy use Unalaska’s port.

City, Ounalashka Corporation and Qawalangin Tribe representatives hoped to discuss recent sightings of Russian and Chinese vessels along Alaska’s coasts, and the importance of protecting U.S. fisheries in the Bering Sea.

City Manager Bil Homka said Unalaska is looking into other options, possibly by scheduling a meeting in Anchorage in December.

Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Andy Lusk is a writer, travel enthusiast and seafood aficionado who won the jackpot by landing in Unalaska/Dutch Harbor. When he's not hiking or working on his latest story, you can find him curled up with his cats and a good book. Andy is a Report for America corps member and an alumnus of New York University.
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