LTJG Chase

Chasing a dream

What did you want to be when you were a kid? For children, dreams and ideas for their adult profession can stretch beyond imagination. As those children continue to grow, sometimes those dreams and ideas change and they end up following other life paths. From as young as 3-years-old, Lt. j.g. Matthew Chase knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up. Cliché as it sounds, one could say it was his destiny. Chase wanted to be a pilot, but not just any pilot. He wanted to be a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules airplane pilot.


Wolfhound

Not a moment to spare

It was another early Friday morning for the crew of a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules based out of Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C. Fifty-knot winds roared around the airframe while the crew scoured the dark cauldron of 20-foot seas below for a boat. Rain lashed the plane, reducing visibility to less than a mile. Radar was next to useless and no one had been able to contact the distressed vessel. The only thing guiding the crew was an unregistered, but active, emergency position-indicating radio beacon, broadcasting a signal approximately 680 miles east from the U.S. and 75 miles north of Bermuda.


Navigation…it’s not just in the cockpit

An aviator knows they can depend on an assortment of tools as they plan and carry out their missions, but what about navigating their life and career? The answer to that question, for the Coast Guard aviator, is a mentor.