North Country native named to highest reserve enlisted position in Coast Guard
During a change-of-the-watch ceremony at Coast Guard Station Washington, D.C., in May, Eric L. Johnson, the son of Jean and Bob Johnson of Lancaster, was named the sixth Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief (CGRF-MC) and the first from New Hampshire.
“I was actively involved in first aid and the local ambulance service, and I was intrigued by emergency services,” said Johnson, thanks in large part to Marty Driscoll and Andy Buteau, his scoutmasters in Lancaster Boy Scout Troop 219. “As I started to see what the Coast Guard did, it also intrigued me and I wanted to be involved in it,” Johnson said.
“By law, only one percent of anyone in the military can achieve the rank of E9,” Johnson said, “and then they chose from the E9s so it was very competitive to make it to E9 and then to be selected among the E9s.”
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