June 12, 2001
Craig native Khris Johns was commissioned as an Ensign in ceremonies marking his graduation from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy May 23.
Johns, 22, has been assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman, which is homeported in Alameda, Calif.
A 1997 graduate of Moffat County High School, Johns is the son of Larry and Sandie Johns of Craig. In addition to his commission, Johns earned a Bachelor of Science degree in marine and environmental science with emphasis in chemical oceans. The Coast Guard Academy’s four year college degree program includes a core curriculum of engineering, sciences, and professional studies, combined with training in USCG operations, leadership studies, maritime humanitarianism, and safety.
Part of his academy training was completed on board the U.S. Barque Eagle, a 295-foot square-rigged sailing vessel that serves as a seagoing classroom for 175 instructors and cadets from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Training for Ensign Johns has also included time on the U.S. Coast Guard’s 210-foot cutter Valiant, homported in Miami, Fla. and flight training in Pensacola, Florida.
The United States Coast Guard is a multi-mission maritime service and one of the nations five armed services. Its mission is to protect the public, environment, and economic and security interests in American ports, waterways, harbors along some 95,000 miles of U.S. coastlines; in U.S. territorial seas and 3.4 million square miles of exclusive economic zones; on international waters and in other maritime regions of importance to the United States. It consists of 36,000 active-duty men and women, 8,000 reservists, 32,000 auxiliary volunteers, and 6,300 civilian employees. In peacetime the USCG operates under the direction of the U.S. Department of Transportation. During times of war or by direction of the president, the USCG serves as part of the U.S. Navy.