About The Author

Rick Lamirande was bom and educated in Lawrence Massachusetts. Enlisting in the U. S. Coast Guard in July 1970, his first assignment was at the newly commissioned Air Station Cape Cod. In 1971, he attended Aviation Electronics Technician School in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. After completion of the school, he was assigned to Air Station Brooklyn, New York. After a three year tour at Brooklyn, he was assigned to the Precommissioning Detail of Air Station Northbend, Oregon where he served a two year tour. In 1976 he moved on to Air Station Annette, Alaska assisting in its decommissioning and the commissioning of Air Station Sitka, Alaska. Leaving Sitka in 1977, he was assigned again to Air Station Cape Cod. In 1981, Chief Larnirande was assigned to Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas. Having served six and a half years at Corpus Christi, he was reassigned in 1988 to Air Station Brooklyn. He is currently serving as the Avionics Shop Chief at Brooklyn. During his career in the Coast Guard, Chief Lamirande has been a qualified search and rescue aircrewman in the HU- 16E Albatross, C-131 Convair, HU-25A Falcon and the Sikorsky HH-52A and HH3F helicopters.