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The passing of wings: An ‘ancient’ tradition

Ancient. It’s not normally something you’d want to be called. Unless of course, you are earning the title of a Coast Guard “ancient” – an honor given to a select group of experienced service members. Today, in a change of watch ceremony held at Air Station Traverse City, Mich., retired Vice Adm. John Currier passed the Ancient Albatross designation to Rear Adm. John Korn.


Shipmate of the Week – VADM John Currier

He joined the Coast Guard to fly. And fly he did. Vice Adm. John Currier piloted five Coast Guard and three Navy aircraft types, amassing 6,023 flight hours. He took to the skies, saving lives and protecting our nation, for 38 years. Currier assumed duties as the 28th vice commandant of the Coast Guard in May 2012 and was relived from his duties at a change of watch ceremony held earlier this week. As vice commandant, Currier focused on reawakening the operational safety culture in the Coast Guard.


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Coast Guard WWII hero laid to rest

Retired Coast Guard Cmdr. Ray Evans, 92, was laid to rest June 5, with full military honors. Evans, who passed away May 30, was the final survivor of a dramatic rescue of a group of Marines pinned down by machine gun fire during the battle of Guadalcanal, September 1942 where he earned the Navy Cross.


Master Chief McAdams

The champion lifesaver of the Pacific coast

Throughout the history of the U.S. Coast Guard, there have been many notable leaders and heroes. But only one is known as the “the champion lifesaver and lifeboat roller of the Pacific Coast.” His name is Master Chief Petty Officer Thomas McAdams, and with a career spanning 27 years his exploits in the high surf off the Pacific Northwest are legendary.


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Helicopter pilot #2 – CDR Stewart Graham

Graham is credited with many helicopter firsts, including the first wartime anti-submarine patrol requiring him to perform the first take-off and landing from a vessel on the high seas. In 1947 he successfully completed the Coast Guard’s first-ever night helicopter medical evacuation. As one of the first to use this technique, Graham was instrumental in exhibiting the capabilities and possibilities of rotary-wing technology to decision makers ensuring support for helicopter programs for decades to come.


Joshua James

History: Honoring our profession through tradition

Written by Nora L. Chidlow, archivist in the U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office For most, being called “ancient” isn’t a good thing. But, in the Coast Guard being an Ancient is a tradition steeped in the Service’s history. For the […]


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100 years of Naval Aviation: San Diego kick-off

As part of our ongoing celebration of the 2011 Centennial of Naval Aviation, the Compass brings you a guest post by Vice Adm. John Currier, the Coast Guard’s senior aviator. Written by Vice Adm. John Currier, Chief of Staff and […]