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The Passing of Wings: An ‘Ancient’ Tradition

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft and former Vice Commandant Vice Admiral John P. Currier salute during a U.S. Coast Guard ancient albatross change of watch ceremony.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft (left) and former Vice Commandant Vice Admiral John P. Currier salute during a U.S. Coast Guard ancient albatross change of watch ceremony at Air Station Traverse City, June 4, 2014. Established in 1966, the ancient albatross position is given to the longest serving Coast Guard aviator on active duty, a position that Currier, the former vice commandant of the service, held since logging more than 6,000 flight hours on both Coast Guard and Navy aircraft. Official DHS/U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.
 

Photographer's Name: 
Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley
Photographer's Organization: 
DHS, U.S. Coast Guard
Date Taken: 
June 4, 2014
Location: 
Air Station Traverse City, Mich.
Alt Text:
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft and former Vice Commandant Vice Admiral John P. Currier salute during a U.S. Coast Guard ancient albatross change of watch ceremony.

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