A Coast Guard air officer recieved an honor for being the longest-tenured officer in the country.
Rear Admiral John Korn was given the Ancient Albatross Award. He has been serving in the Coast Guard for 32 years.
â??Jake Korn is a great leader. He is a highly experienced pilot in his own right he's been on multiple aviation tours,â?? said Admiral John Currier, the current Ancient Albatross.
Currier says the honor is about being a mentor for other coast guard officers.
â??The Ancient Albatross is a senior most leader in the Coast Guard on active duty, so you are the mentor, the overseer, the supporter, the inspirer of a great fantastic bunch of young men and woman who are doing great things all over the nation," said Currier.
The event was held in Traverse City because Currier served in Traverse City and is retiring here with his wife.â??We wanted to bring the national level change-over of the Ancient Albatross here to Traverse City as a Coast Guard city and as our re-entry into the community,â?? explained Currier.
Rear Admiral Korn is the commander of the 7th District and is responsible for all Coast Guard operations in the Southeast United States.