I served 20 year in the U.S. Coast Guard retiring at 40 as a Senior Chief Boatswains Mate (E-8) on February 1st 2008. Here is a brief snapshot of my Coast Guard career.
Onward to Bootcamp in Cape May, New Jersey January 1988.
After graduating from Boot Camp, I made my way west for the first time to Seattle, and the home-port of my first ship, Polar Sea. My time aboard “Big Red” was incredible. I deployed for “Operation Deep Freeze 89″ for nearly 6 months in Antarctica.
After becoming acquainted with big ship operations and experiencing a whole new unknown world, it was time to cut my teeth in the Motor Life Boat world. I was transferred to Coast Guard Station Point Judith, in Narragansett, Rhode Island. It was during this tour that I learned I was actually a good boat driver, and had some leadership skills to boot! I weathered both Hurricane Bob (91), and the infamous Halloween Storm which gained fame as the Perfect Storm as dubbed by author Sebastian Junger.
I then transferred to Honolulu, Hawaii about the Coast Guard Cutter Washington (WPB 1331) This was my best tour and happiest time in the Coast Guard. I quite drinking alcohol all together during this period. The leadership was superior and a time when the crew gelled. Wow. What a time!