Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson welcomed the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 2014 as the service’s newest complement of officers yesterday. Alongside degrees with majors ranging from humanities to engineering, cadets received commissions in the U.S. Coast Guard to officially begin careers in service to the country’s maritime needs.
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As Master Chief Petty Officer Lloyd Pierce prepared to pass down the station keeper’s hat and long glass of the Silver Ancient Mariner, his 30-plus year career passed into history. But the impact of his efforts to honor the profession of cuttermen remained. Pierce graduated from boot camp at Cape May, N.J. in March 26, 1982, and received the Silver Ancient Mariner designation nearly 30 years later on Aug. 19, 2011.
Built during the twilight era of sail, Coast Guard Cutter Eagle’s construction embodies centuries of development in the art and history of shipbuilding. Today, the teak decks of the barque served as a fitting platform for the time-honored tradition of the Ancient Mariner ceremony.
This is why I serve in our Coast Guard. We don’t say it’s too hard, we don’t say we’re too tired, we don’t say we can’t, we don’t say no. We say “AYE-AYE!” Even when we’re fatigued, battered or challenged, we find a way to get to “AYE-AYE!” We understand and will comply.
The Coast Guard ancients on watch in July 2009 gather together in their ceremonial clothing, which honors the history of their service. From left are Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officers Christopher Kukla (Silver Ancient Mariner) and Peter MacDougall (Enlisted Ancient Albatross), Vice Adm. Vivien Crea (Ancient Albatross), and Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Guthlein (Ancient
Master Chief Petty Officer Lloyd Pierce, command master chief at the Coast Guard Academy, speaks after becoming the Coast Guard's Silver Ancient Mariner. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley. The lore of being at sea has inspired generations of sailors since the very foundation of our country. Life aboard a