US Coast Guard

 

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.

Recruiting Station Philadelphia PA 1987

Recruiting Station Philadelphia PA, 1987

Onward to Bootcamp in Cape May, New Jersey January 1988.

Boot Camp Cape May, New Jersey

Boot Camp Cape May, New Jersey, 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.

Polar Sea Cape Hallet Antartica

Polar Sea Cape Hallet Antartica, 1989

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Polar Sea Cape Hallet Antarctica, 1989

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.

30FT Surf Rescue Boat Point Judith RI Breachway 1992

30FT Surf Rescue Boat Point Judith RI Breachway 1992

Point Judith Lighthouse Rhode Island

Point Judith Lighthouse Rhode Island, 1991

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!

USCGC Washington Honolulu

USCGC Washington Honolulu, 1993

Waikiki Beach 1995

Waikiki Beach 1995

 

 

 

 

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