Pedrick always ready with Coast Guard career

Petty Officer 1st Class Vance Pedrick, right, executive petty officer of Aids to Navigation Team Kod

Petty Officer 1st Class Vance Pedrick, right, executive petty officer of Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak, explains modifications made to the 38-foot special purpose craft / training boat used for training with Air Station Kodiak to Adm. Robert Papp, Coast Guard commandant, during a, Aug. 2012 tour of the base in Kodiak, Alaska.

Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:25 PM.

One of Carrabelle’s favorite sons is shining in his Coast Guard career.

Born here in 1982, he graduated from Carrabelle High School in 2000 and immediately enlisted in the Coast Guard. Since then his career has been meteoric.

In fall 2012, he was profiled in Coast Guard Magazine where he spoke proudly of his Franklin County roots.

“The Coast Guard Cutter Sea Hawk was the most exciting place I have been because of its location; my home town,” Pedrick told his Coast Guard interviewer. “I come from a small town and graduated high school with only 32 students in my senior class, as a result, it’s a very tight community and how many times in our career do we get to work in our hometown?

“Getting to drive the Cutter Boat Medium and drop off boarding teams on boats that I used to work on as a young man is something we don’t get to do every day in the Coast Guard,” he said.

Today, Pedrick is an E6 boatswain mate first class on the Aids to Navigation team (ANT) at Kodiak , Alaska and executive petty officer for the unit.

Aids to N with Coast Guard careeravigation are a vital element to the safety of life at sea for fishing vessel crews, commercial cargo vessels and other mariners when entering and departing through treacherous waters near ports and harbors.

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