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Bowman Student graduates to bigger endeavors


Posted: November 24, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 24, 2013 2:00 a.m.

MK3 Andrew Curran arrives aboard Station Lake Worth Inlet in sunny Florida, where he can earn certifications enabling him to join with crews on patrols. Courtesy photo

When Machinery Technician Third Class (MK3) Andrew Curran graduated Bowman High School in Santa Clarita eight years ago, he had no idea what the future held for him.

Curran spoke of the good job he held at Six Flags Magic Mountain, meeting and greeting people and snapping souvenir pictures.

Eventually becoming bored by the repetitious nature of the job, Curran said he decided to “put some excitement in his life.” Learning that the Coast Guard allowed for a choice of career, Curran grasped the opportunity.

His journey began in Cape May, New Jersey, where a recruit learns there are only two ways to do things: the Coast Guard way or the wrong way. After the usual weeks of “seasoning,” Curran graduated.

Having a bent for things mechanical, Curran chose to strike for a position as a machinery technician. After special schooling and hands-on training, Curran, now MK3 Curran, joined the crew of a C.G. Cutter based at Port Angeles, Washington.  

He subsequently served in Puerto Rico and then Hawaii, where Curran, now married with a 2-year-old baby, asked for and was assigned to Station Lake Worth inlet in sunny Florida.

Now in his sixth year as a Coast Guardsman, MK3 Curran talks about “going for 20 years.” He wisely seeks moves within the Coast Guard that will enhance his career upon retirement.

MK3 Curran is looking forward to being certified as a crew member and an engineer. The job will enable him to join with crews as the required engineer on their patrols, which are wide-ranging from search-and-rescue to migrant and drug encounters.

His peers and crew look forward to seeing what excitement lies ahead for Curran.


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