There is a double meaning in that I rode ships in the CG for 9 years (MACKINAW, BRAMBLE, HARRIET LANE, SENECA, as well as some TAD time on BRISTOL BAY and the old 63' buoy boat out of Detroit - the latter was a one-of-a-kind boat under BMC Metz). Upon retirement I went to work for a fractional private jet provider called Flight Options. I started in Dispatch but moved to Scheduling after the first year. They sold fractional shares (essentially very high priced timesharing of private jet aircraft) to very rich people who could afford very expensive rides. One type aircraft they sold was Citation X (10s) which are quite fast, in the business jet world anyway. It was a cool jet but not the most spacious, not to mention it seemed to break often which had it sitting on the parking ramp more often than not. Anyway, I liked the moniker.
My other CG tours included Air Station Detroit, Air Station Savannah, ESU Miami/ESD Charleston, D14/dttm (commcen) and Group Detroit. I have the unique distinction of having attended two US Navy "A" schools to become a CG QM. I then changed rates after my first four years to RM which, of course, led to yet another "A" school, this one a CG run institution.
I was a QM, RM and TC, retiring as a TCC September 2001. My work included navigation/bridge, buoys, radio, commcens, all mingled with quite a few years of what is now IT work. I'm one of the few people to have attended three different System Manager training courses offered by the CG. One was under the old CTOS/BTOS computer based system which the CG used from the early 80s to late 90s. Then two others under the MS Windows NT umbrella, once to attend a 2-week course, the second time to critique the training after the course was extended to 3-weeks (because I so heavily critiqued the first class).
I am taking one Coast Guard secret to my grave - how the Ensigns' door on BRAMBLE got tied to the top of the water intake crib light 2 miles out of Cleveland Harbor. There are half a dozen of us who know how this door was spirited away from the Chiefs' hiding spot to it's ultimate resting place atop the light. Hint: It wasn't Tim the Sheep.
I am a moderator-at-large for this site. My real job is IT for a hospital.<!-- Edit -->
Last Edited : 12/9/2008 12:36:54 AM GMT