>Chief Pudish retires after more than 27 years


Chief Petty Officer Thomas Pudish retired Oct. 29, 2010, after serving over 27 years with the Coast Guard.  While stationed at Air Station Kodiak he served as the operations mission planner.  He coordinated all logistical transport missions for the air station to ensure annual deliveries averaging 1,200 passengers and 2.9 million pounds of food, material, medicine and mail.  Between 2006 and 2010, he made possible the scheduling of 15,300 flights for search and rescue, logistics and law enforcement and traning that resulted in the transportation of 17 million pounds of cargo and 16,000 passengers. 

During his Coast Guard career, Pudish served at six different aviation units, which included not only Air Station Kodiak but also Air Stations Brooklyn, Savannah, Atlantic City and the Aviation Technical Training Center and Aviation Training Center Mobile. 

Pudish’s hometown is Johnson City, N.Y., but he plans to stay in Kodiak with his wife, Charley. 

Fair winds and following seas!!