Coast Guard mulls downsizing Kodiak station


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The Coast Guard is considering a proposal to downsize its Kodiak communications station.

The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the proposal would cut 20 positions of 53.

The communications station is 3 miles from the Coast Guard base.

The station's primary mission is for search and rescue operations. It's where personnel monitor radio traffic from ships and planes.

Lt. Cmdr. Paul Salerno says nothing has been decided yet. If the downsizing is approved, it would begin in summer 2015.

Salerno says positions cut would be commanding and high-ranking positions, including his. All three officer positions at the station and 17 enlisted positions would be cut. Two civilian positions that are currently vacant are being transferred to Virginia.

Salerno is scheduled to be transferred to another unit next year.

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