Meet the Polar Star crew – Lt. j.g. Andrew Constant

Lt. j.g. Andrew Constant, a junior officer aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Polar Star, speaks with the bridge while standing the engineering watch, ensuring the safe operation of the cutter’s power plant systems and other essential equipment, Jan. 6, 2017.

Lt. j.g. Andrew Constant, a junior officer aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Polar Star, speaks with the bridge while standing the engineering watch, ensuring the safe operation of the cutter’s power plant systems and other essential equipment, Jan. 6, 2017. Constant is one of more than 140 crew members that oversee the safe operation of the cutter while deployed away from their homeport of Seattle. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Lt. j.g. Andrew Constant is deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as part of its mission to assist in the annual resupply of U.S. Antarctic Program research stations. The National Science Foundation manages the U.S Antarctic Program.

Background:
Name/rate/rank: Lt. j.g. Andrew Constant
Married for one year
Number of trips to Antarctica: Two Unit/department: Auxiliary officer for the engineering department

Q. Where is your hometown?
A. Fort Collins, CO (born and raised)

Q. How long have you been in the Coast Guard?
A. A total of 5.5 years. I graduated from the Coast Guard Academy.

Q. Why did you join the Coast Guard? Why do you stay/what keeps you motivated?
A. I wanted to do something different. When I was a freshman in high school, I realized that I wanted to join the Coast Guard. I wanted to serve and I love the ocean.

Q. What is your unit history?
A. The Coast Guard Academy and the Polar Star

Q. What are some of your responsibilities on the Polar Star?
A. My responsibilities are for the maintenance and operation of all shipboard auxiliary equipment, as well as the safe handling of the ship’s liquid loads, including fuel, drinking water and wastewater.

Q. What do you do on a typical duty day?
A. My standard underway duty day consists of ship rounds to check the status of all auxiliary equipment and a review of the cutters daily liquid loading. I also stand the standard four-hour engineering officer of the watch.

Q. What’s your most memorable experience aboard Polar Star? Why?
A. My most memorable experience was cutting the initial channel through the ice on my first deployment aboard last year. It was incredible to see the sheer willpower of what mankind can accomplish over one of the most formidable forces in nature.

Q. Why is this mission (Operation Deep Freeze) important? How do you/your crew contribute?
A. What we do allows for the continued operation of all Antarctic research. Without the Coast Guard, the logistics for maintaining operations becomes exponentially more difficult.

Q. What do you do for fun when not on duty (on or off the ship)? Hobbies?
A. I like to play cards and video games. I am also an avid cyclist, both mountain biking and street biking. I have a mountain bike aboard the cutter and look forward to the opportunity of riding in both Antarctica and, possibly, New Zealand someday.

Q. Anything else you’d like for us to know/include?
A. My most important job aboard is that as the fueling officer. I help ensure that we have the needed fuel to perform our mission. This is a job that I take pride in ensuring gets done accurate and well.

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