The Coast Guard continues our #NewYearNewFilter and the launch of our official Instagram account with a new perspective this week! We’ve asked Coast Guard members from around the fleet to be guest Instagrammers and in the past two weeks you’ve seen perspectives from Seaman Frank Iannazzo-Simmons at Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and Chief Warrant Officer Donnie Brzuska at Training Center Cape May. This week, Petty Officer 1st Class Ian Powell will use Instagram to share his unique perspectives in what it takes to be a Coast Guard rescue swimmer. Read his introduction below, then follow us on Instagram!
Hello, I am AST1 Ian T. Powell. I have been in the Coast Guard for a total of 14 years. I am a proud member of the Rescue Swimmer Standardization team in Mobile, Ala. Part of my job is to travel around to all the air stations and evaluate their training programs. The other part of my job is to instruct at the prestigious Advanced Helicopter Rescue School in Cape Disappointment, Wash. I am above the cut for chief and will transfer to Training Center Petaluma this summer. I am a husband and father of two young boys. My favorite part about being in the Coast Guard is that I get to do things that others only dream about.