When we left off, Coast Guard Lt. Robert “Rip” Emerson was asking Adm. Chester W. Nimitz for appointment to fighter pilot school.
Henry “Hal” Eaton Farrar was born in Little Rock, Ark., in 1926 to a family of farmers and ranchers. His father was a veterinarian who trained and cared for horses used in World War I and Farrar grew strong through hard work and long days on the family farm. Always big for his age, Farrar left the Georgia Military Academy to enlist with the Navy at the age of 17 and, with World War II in full swing, he reported to the Pacific theater to fight the Japanese.
It’s hard to say just where a Coast Guard career might take you. Although concentrated in the United States, active duty and reserve members serve all over the world. With deployments and reassignments always right around the corner, home isn’t necessarily a place, but more often an idea.
Emerson’s first of many tests as a beach master came in the United States’ first combat engagement on the Atlantic front. For the uninitiated, the beach master’s role is to direct incoming landing craft onto shore during an assault. It’s a job that can only be accomplished by getting there first.
The U.S. Coast Guard is concerned about the sale and availability of unapproved recreational and commercial vessel navigation lights. Purchasers of such lighting should be aware replacement lighting may be improper for its application due to the failure by manufacturers to meet technical certification requirements.
We are very rare breed of people, that’s something that I’ve really learned about people in the military. We do whatever we have to do as a team.”
Just days before Halloween, Coast Guard members embraced a different holiday spirit as they joined the town of Seward, Alaska, in preparing the Capitol Christmas Tree for its journey to D.C.
The focus throughout Arctic Shield 2015 operations was on protecting lives and property at sea, enforcement of laws and regulations in the region, tribal engagements and assistance, service to aids to navigation, performance and evaluation of science missions and a range of marine safety activities in many Arctic communities.
Personnel from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, hitched a ride home from Forward Operating Location Deadhorse aboard a C-17 Globemaster III airplane courtesy of the Alaska Air National Guard’s 249th Airlift Squadron Oct. 14, 2015.