Visits Coast Guard Training Center
By Shane Nolan
April 2, 2012 - Coast Guard Aviation Training Center
Mobile played host to one of the last surviving Tuskegee
airmen, Thursday, during a brief visit to the unit where
he spoke to the crewmembers and trainees who are
Before his tour, Calvin Moret was treated to a tour of
the facility that included in-depth descriptions of each
of the different airframes that the training center
utilizes. Moret was also allowed to pilot one of the
high-tech flight simulators that are unique to ATC.
After his address to the Coast Guardsmen of the training
center, Moret was taken on an area flight in an HC-144
Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft.
The Coast Guard Aviation Training Center (ATC) in
Mobile, Alabama is a multi-mission unit, acting as the
Coast Guard's aviation and capabilities development
center, as well as an operational air station.
Training is conducted to qualify Coast Guard pilots in
the HU-25 "Guardian", the HH-60 "Jayhawk", the HH-65
"Dolphin" , the HC-130 Hercules, the HC-130J Hercules,
HC-144 "Ocean Sentry."
All pilots initially trained at ATC return once a year
for a one week proficiency course in their designated
The ATC Mobile evaluation center is responsible for
ensuring that Coast Guard aviation forces are using the
best equipment and tactics to successfully complete all
The Operations Division, flying the HC-144A Ocean Sentry, is a segment within the ATC command that conducts traditional Coast Guard air station missions including Search and Rescue, Homeland Security, and Environmental Protection.
The Operation Division operates under the tactical
control of the Eighth Coast Guard District and has area
of responsibility that extends from the Louisiana/Texas
border to the eastern edge of the Florida panhandle.
Crewmembers from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile take Calvin Moret on a tour of their facility, March 29, 2012. Moret, a Tuskegee airmen, came to ATC to speak about his history with the historic fighter group and to share his personal experiences.
|Calvin Moret figures out the controls to one of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile's high-tech flight simulators, March 29, 2012. Moret, a Tuskegee airmen, came to ATC to speak about his history with the historic fighter group and to share his personal experiences.|
mission of the Aviation Training Center (ATC) is to produce
mission ready aircrews and develop aviation capabilities. ATC
provides core training for rotary wing and fixed wing pilots,
rescue swimmers and aircrews for air stations Coast Guard wide.
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