U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist Trey Clifton.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Cmdr. Eric Oliphant

“The search and rescue cases that are the most difficult are the ones that are the most rewarding because you don’t always know you’ll be able to accomplish them,” Oliphant said. “I loved flying in the Marine Corps, but compared to picking someone up who’s in peril and bringing them home safely, there’s nothing that compares to that.”