With contributions from Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta Disco.
Coast Guard All Hands sends out a bravo zulu to Capt. Ken Harman, chief flight surgeon at the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala. Harman was recently recognized for his more than 30 years of community and military service with the 2013 Martha Myers Role Model Award given by the University of Alabama, Birmingham.
In a career that has seen Harman serve in the U.S. Navy, run a private practice in Alabama, teaching future physicians at UAB and, most recently, return to service as part of the Coast Guard, he is clearly deserving of an award recognizing the accomplishments of UAB physician alumni whose lives epitomize the ideal of service to their communities. During more than a decade of service with the Coast Guard, “Doc” Harman has established himself as a one of a kind public servant and a role model who inspires a life of service in those he mentors.
Harman’s tour in the Coast Guard begain in 2002 and has sent him all over the world where he has responded to some of the most catastrophic natural disasters of the past decade. In 2004, Harman deployed aboard the U.S. Navy Hospital Ship Mercy as the officer in charge of the ashore triage team that responded to the earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean. In 2005, Harman responded to one of the most devastating hurricanes in history, Katrina. As a member of the Coast Guard’s response team, he assisted with operations in the aerial evacuation of survivors trapped in their flooded homes.
To read more about Capt. Harman’s story, check out “U.S. Coast Guard flight surgeon named role model of the year” by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta Disco.