In February 2015, when a severe winter storm was barreling down on Coast Guard crews in the Northeast, a signal for an emergency positioning radio indicator beacon went off. Approximately 150 miles south of Nantucket, Massachusetts, a father and son aboard the sailing vessel Sedona were signaling for help. The rescue earned the crew the Capt. Frank Erickson Award, and earned each member of the crew some of the most prestigious awards given to Coast Guard aviators.
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He joined the Coast Guard to fly. And fly he did. Vice Adm. John Currier piloted five Coast Guard and three Navy aircraft types, amassing 6,023 flight hours. He took to the skies, saving lives and protecting our nation, for 38 years. Currier assumed duties as the 28th vice commandant of the Coast Guard in May 2012 and was relived from his duties at a change of watch ceremony held earlier this week. As vice commandant, Currier focused on reawakening the operational safety culture in the Coast Guard.